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
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Friday, April 27, 2007

Landsort; 27th April 2007

All things considered a really enjoyable day at Landsort. The weather was great, though bad for migrants, blue skies and constant sun. Arrived early after a long journey and had a cracking male Redstart straight away, a stunning bird. It flipped over a rock and disappeared, I figured I would see a few more, but alas it proved to be the only one of the day. I pressed on and logged several Wheatear, such a typical early migrant and I love to see them at this time of the year. Moved on and decided to watch the sea for an hour. The list was as follows; 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbill, 23 Cormorant, 17 Common Tern, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 29 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Black Guillemot, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Goosander, 200 Eider, 1 Redshank. Not a bad way to spend an hour in hindsight!

Moved on over the island during the afternoon, really was rather quiet, though it is still just a little early at these latitudes. Other birds included 2 male Whinchat, 12 Tree Pipit, 3 ChiffChaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Waxwing, 50 Robin, 11 Swallow, 3 Goldcrest and a host of common species. 6 Crane were a wonderful sight as they flew vocally over the island. Best of all though was a stunningly pristine male Marsh Harrier flying over in late afternoon.

Rest of the day spent sketching Wheatear, Goldcrest and Eider in the sunshine before catching the ferry. Will be back very soo to savour, hopefully, some good spring birds.

Photos; Wheatears, Goldcrest, Eider and Beetle Sp.(Lygaeus Equestris)

Link to videograb of male Wheatear;

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