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

Monday, November 27, 2006

Norra Jarvafältet;27th November 2006

A good days birding today in sunny, mild conditions due to an incredibly mild November. The light was superb for photography. As well as the star bird above, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, lot's to see today. Started beside the train station with 28 Waxwings ranging around the nearby housing in search of berries. Continued on to Ravalen where there were 8 Bullfinch, all but one were male. Greenfinches and Siskins were numerous, smaller numbers of mobile Common Redpoll flying about overhead throughout the day. Great Spotted Woodpeckers also prevalent, with several birds seen. A single Black Woodpecker was heard in the forest to the west of the lake. A female Sparrowhawk, 4 Jay, 3 Wren, 75 Jackdaw, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye and several Coot also noted.

Photos;Waxwing, Nuthatch, Bullfinch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Videograbs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers below, female feeding on telegraph pole and a male preening on tree trunk...

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