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, September 16, 2009

Tree Sparrows; Årstafältet; 16th September 2009

Årstafältet is a prime location for Tree Sparrow and today the site was heaving with them. The only flock I counted held 160 birds, in fact the total was reported at more than 500 of these birds today, which really is amazing to myself, having seen the decline of the species in Ireland whilst growing up there. The light early this morning was quite exceptional and it allowed me to get some wonderful shots of the birds as they perched just metres from me...

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