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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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Lesser Redpolls; Angarn; March 2009

1st Winter Lesser Redpoll(Cabaret)

1st Winter Lesser Redpoll....

Adult Male Lesser Redpoll

1st Winter
Adult Male, warm rusty tones help separate the bird from Mealy Redpoll....

Lesser Redpoll is a rather scarce bird in stockholm. The race Cabaret, or Lesser Redpoll, is commonly found in the Ireland and Britain, where (Flammea)Mealy Redpoll, its more northern cousin is a rather rare and sought after sub species. Redpoll identification is an area of real interest to me and I love large getherings of these birds which allow me to look through these birds and familiarize myself with their appearance.
At Angarn today one or two Redpolls showing some very warm tones around the face and chest drew my attention, a first winter bird and an adult male.Warm russet tones were most obvious on the first winter bire, particularily about the head, extending to the breast, flanks and upperparts, overall a rather different bird to Mealy Redpoll tonally. These tonal differences, coupled with the birds slightly smaller in relation to the larger Mealy Redpoll helped identify the bird as cabaret, or Lesser Redpoll. Several small Mealy Redpolls were also noted, though generally much colder tones identified these birds as (flammea)Mealy Redpoll.

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