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, October 11, 2006

Utö; 11th October 2006

Finally got out birding for a day, decided on Utö, one of the southerly islands in the archipelago. This island has a good track record and despite being seriously underwatched has produced many good birds over the past few years, including Yellow-Browed and Pallas Warblers. It also boasts good raptor and diurnal passage in the right conditions, a west or northwest wind...
Today was north-easterly and a little dissapointing. Nevertheless three Great Grey Shrike were seen, which was great for me! Great Grey is a major rarity in Ireland and so I am always happy to see one...three is even better and my only ever multiple day for this species. Also had a Woodlark, White-Tailed Eagle and 9 Crossbills, most probably Parrot Crossbills flying over calling. Good numbers of Goldcrest seen, as were a handful of Meadow Pipit and Skylark. Only a single Brambling noted...

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