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
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Red Backed Shrike; Årstafåltet; 13th September 2006

Årstafältet is a recreational park within Stockholm city, in the southern suburbs. It is an excellent site in autumn and spring, turning up plenty of passage migrants. Bluethroat had been seen here over the last ten days, it being my bogey bird, I decided to try a few hours here in the afternoon. Despite flogging the place and seeing one highly likely skulking, flighty bird, which I am sure was a juv. bluethroat based on brief flight views, I still feel I cannot tick this one until I see the species in all its glory!
Not all frustration though. This juvenile Red Backed Shrike put in a star turn and sat fearlessly in front of me in glorious sunshine. Also had Whinchat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Wheatear, 80 Tree Sparrow and 40 Goldfinch.

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