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

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Årstafältet; 11th January 2007

Redpolls the order of the day again. Following up on reports of a male Arctic Redpoll seen here yesterday. Upon arrival a large flock of about 100 Mealy Redpoll were easily located in the sunflower beds. Despite early difficulty viewing the birds as they fed on the ground the bird was eventually seen well but fleetingly, often through thick vegetation. Two better views were eventually had when the bird perched in a tree and later fed briefly on a footpath, where I missed the oppurtunity to photograph the bird due to trying to take in all the features through the scope myself! May try get images tomorrow.
Other birds seen were a lovely Hawfinch, 120 Fieldfares and a Kestrel.

Photos; 1st Winter Mealy Redpoll and Field Vole.

Videograbs of Mealy Redpoll and Fieldfare below...