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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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Tyresta National Park; 3rd April 2008

Reed Bunting (male)

Male Blackbird in morning dew...

Chaffinch (male)


Nyfors Falls, Tyresta.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male)

Flaten, Tyresta.

A very early start saw me on site at 6.00am. The reason for this was that woodpeckers drum rather intensively just after sunrise at this time of the year, as well as the dawn chorus being at it's peak at the same time. The first couple of hours produced excellent numbers of the expected woodpecker species, the best being 6 Black Woodpeckers, four of which were seen, three males and a single female, albeit fleetingly as is so typical of the species. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was also located at it's drumming post, it's higher pitched blows ringing through the forest making it easily found. 19 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers and an excellent total of 10 Green Woodpeckers made the day rather successful. At least one pair of Three Toed Woodpeckers are present in the park, however the park is vast and locating these birds will take a huge effort and not a little luck, suffice to say no joy today. Other good birds included a Parrot Crossbill briefly, whilst a Nutcracker was frustrating heard calling without being seen. A pair of Black Throated Divers were present on Flaten Lake, though distantly viewed, still superb to see in fresh summer plumage. A pair of Hawfinches were also located on territory. Amongst the 43 species noted the others worthy of a mention included a male Goshawk, 1 Lapwing, 30+ Jay, 5 Common Buzzard, 1 Raven, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 6 Crested Tit, 5 Willow Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush and 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull.
A huge amount of ground covered today over eight hours birding, really enjoyable though and well worth the effort. Roll on the arrival of the summer migrants....

A video grab here of the drumming Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, picture is a little dark as it was very early, though the sound quality is good for those interested in how this species sounds...

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

great lesser spot footage. only rarely get to see them here.