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 30, 2008

October 2006; Goldcrests and Hawfinches

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For me, two classic October species. Goldcrest migrate in their millions during the month and in the right conditions the ground may be covered in them, the conditions being wet mornings with an onshore wind. The stockholm archipelago is a great place to see these birds and numbers can be in the thousands on some of the outlying islands. This sketch was done the evening after a trip to Landsort, a favourite site of mine in spring and autumn,
Hawfinches gather in beech woods in October to feed on the crop of beech mast the trees shed at this time of year. A large flock of up to 50 of these impressive finches can gather at Tyresö Slott Park, truly fantastic birds, with a fantastic call as they fly off overhead.

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