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 http://www.alandalton.net/
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 alandltn@gmail.com

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Falsterbo; 26th September 2010

Goldcrest, all over the place today...


Common Buzzard, plenty today...


Hobby high over head hawking dragonflies...


A Goldcrest in the mist nets...



Red Kite; fabulous birds, a dozen seen migrating today...



A difficult day due to a strong Northeasterly winds, which generally speaking is not good for viewing migrants at the site, due to the tendency to take advantage on the wind direction on the birds part by flying at altitude. Nevertheles up at 5am. again and on Nabben for dawn. A Hobby was the first bird of note, moving south and taking a quick pass at a Meadow Pipit without success. Wildfowl were passing, particularily Eider , in large flocks too. Brent Geese, Wigeon, Cormorant and smaller numbers of other species meant on eye had to be kept at sea. Sparrowhawks began to appear, as did the first Marsh Harriers, three together. A couple of ringtail Hen Harriers soon followed, the birds high up and moving quickly. Then Common Buzzards started to move in small numbers, a Merlin was seen blasting along the shore...
Passerines were nowhere near as numerous as yesterday with the exception of large flocks of Woodpigeon. Tree Pipits, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Siskin and Caffinches/Brambling were in evidence most of the time...
At 09.25am the alarm was raised by one of the official counter's, Richard's Pipit! The bird was calling and I got onto it quickly, enjoyed a binocular view of the bird as it called constantly and flew to the north, a Swedish tick! A Short Eared Owl made a welcome appearance about the long grass of Nabben, whilst the first Red Kite of the trip was seen, this later followed by seven birds together. Mistle Thrush was new for the trip, as was Grey Wagtail, Sand Martin, Golden Plover. I stayed until 11am, final totals as follows;
122 Sparrowhawk, 12 Red Kite, 35 Common Buzzard, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 1 Short Eared Owl, 1 Hobby, 2 Merlin, 1860 Cormorant, 60 Teal, 468 Wigeon, 21 Red Breasted Merganser, 6 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 1290 Eider, 46 Dunlin, 5 Bar Tailed godwit, 42 Golden Plover, 3 Gery Plover, 50 Knot, 23 Curlew, 26 Barnacle Goose, 61 Brent Goose, 2 Coot, 9 Redpoll, 1 Richards Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 35 Lapwing, 84 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1245 Woodpigeon, 32 Tree Pipit, 76 Starling,19 Skylark, 1 Woodlark, 32 Stock Dove, 48 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail.
Next on the agenda was Kolarbacken for an hour wathing raptors, passage was ok, the following were noted;
40 Common Buzzard; 1 Marsh Harrier, 69 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Mistle Thrush and common birds in small numbers.
Back at the observatory there was passage too, I decided to sit down there for an hour and counted the following overhead there...
9 Common Buzzad, 107 Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby and a Marsh Harrier.
Spent the evening wandering about looking for migrants, a few Chiff Chaff and Golcrest about, though nothing of note apart from 8 Common Crossbill. 2 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies wereseen well and I warned them about the Hobby's hunting in the area!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Alan! I can see that this is a place where birds can really show up in big numbers! It must be very impressive! Happy birding! / Dirk VG.