Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
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Saturday, September 23, 2006

22nd September 2006; Norra Jarvafåltet

A pretty quiet day. Walked a long way right the way across the park in a south-westerly direction, from Norrviken train station to Jacobsberg station. Ravalen and the area surrounding the lake quiet, Great Crested Grebes, 200 Coot and a handful of Goldeneye, Tufted Duck and a female Pochard present on the lake, whilst Green Woodpecker, calling Black Woodpecker, Marsh and Crested Tits were the best around the lake.
The walk after that was quiet with the exception of a large Grass Snake. 30 M Kärret was reached after a few hours. This is a migration funnel through Stockholms northern suburbs, though not a lot happens late in the evening. Spent 30 mins here and picked up Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 45 Siskin, 35 Meadow Pipit, Goshawk and Sparrowhawk before taking some flower photos for ID later. Rough Legged Buzzard, Nutcrackers, Bluethroat and Red Throated Pipit all seen here yesterday.

Photos; Campanula Rotindofolia, Knautia Arvensis (Field Scabius), 30 M Kärret from South, Mute Swan pair on tern platform, Lake Ravalen from south.

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