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, January 17, 2007

Arstafältet; 17th January 2007

Arctic Redpoll again the target species. Soon after locating the redpoll flock, now numbering about 50 birds, either a second winter or adult female Arctic Redpoll was seen perched on the sunflower heads. This individual is rather pale, very clean on the breast with some reduced streaking on the flanks. The undertail appears clean. The white rump is broad and extensive.
Most frustratingly I could not relocate this bird after the flock was spooked and split up by a local Goshawk and I did not gain a photo of the bird at all. Exasperating! Getting to the point now where I need to take a break from Redpolls and do a liitle birding elsewhere with other species for a few days!!
Other birds seen were Goshawk, Kestrel, 110 Fieldfare, Starling and a Goldfinch.

Photos; Fieldfare and Hooded Crow

Drawings; Arctic Redpoll female(Top), Mealy Redpoll 1st winter(Bottom) and Mealy Redpoll male(Middle)