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

Monday, January 26, 2009

Black-throated Thrush, Vallentuna, 26th January 2009

A quite incredible January it is proving to be in the Stockholm area with regard to rarities from the far east, the news coming through yesterday evening of yet another asian vagrant being found in the northern suburbs. This Black-throated Thrush, a first winter female bird, is another great winter record, close on the heels of the Yellow-browed Bunting, which is still present, the two birds are actually not that far away from each other as it happens!
The bird is feeding on apples mainly, with occassional small amounts of sunflower seed, which have been laid out for birds. The thrush was immediately on view upon arrival and delighted at least two hundred birders today as it regularily returned to feed, allowing excellent views and some decent record snaps to be taken. Somewhat smaller than a Blackbird with cold grey brown plumage tones, tell tale throat speckling and lightly streaked flanks, in every way a lovely bird. Though by no means as rare as the bunting, this is still a very irregular vagrant in Europe. My second lifer this year, leaving me a very happy birder after a very happy new year of rarities!

Record videograb off the Canon A95 compact here;

1 comment:

Mike Watson said...

Love the blog Alan. Not surprised you are so happy with two fantastic birds like this within easy reach! Very envious of Bowland, Mike