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/
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Falsterbo; 27th September 2010

Honey Buzzard; as with most late birds this is a first calender bird.




Common Cranes migrating made a great sight today...



Redstart; a late bird and a nice bonus whilst checking the gardens close to the headland.


Up again at 5am., as is the routine and headed straight to Nabben. Northerly winds were rather fresh and it was clear that these were the worst possible conditions for migration. Soon after first light it was apparent that very few passerines were moving and that the sea would provide the best bet. An exception proved to be Common Crane, birds were on the move from first light in raucous flocks and btween 7am. and 1pm. no fewer than 169 birds were logged. A first calender Peregrine was an early highlight form the tip, another was seen a couple of hours later flying to the north.
Passerines were few and far between, the occasional Tree Pipit and a couple of Yellow Wagtails logged early on. A Short Eared Owl put in a brief appearance before ditching into the long grass on the spit off the tip, lovely to watch it through the scope as it quartered along the bank. Bird of the day was a juvenile Long Tailed Skua mid morning, although it was distant to the south moving west. Dark Bellied Brent were moving and a total of 174 were recorded migrating east. Better still were a flock of 10 Bean Goose to the east, of the taiga race. 25 Red Throated Diver were also notable, just a single Black Throated Diver seen in contrast. Late in the watch came 2 Little Gull moving east, very nice to watch over the see, albeit also a little distantly due to the northerly wind.
Raptors were scarce, although 5 Red Kites coming in off the see were a highlight. A large kettle of Common Buzzard bumped the total for the day up to 57 birds, whilst 83 Sparrowhawk were noted. 4 Hobby and 4 ringtail Hen Harriers were noted, along with 5 Marsh Harrier, which included an adult male bird.
The afternoon was quiet and spent checking gardens for passerines. Lot's of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff about, the highlight coming in the form of a young Redstart which posed for the camera on a day when little else did. A late Honey Buzzard was noted, along with a Cuckoo, a bird with no tail that flew past me, a rather confusing moment until I realised what it was.
Totals for the day as follows;

25 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 700 Long Tailed Duck, 2367 Eider, 2 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter, 28 Canada Goose, 98 Barnacle Goose, 10 Bean Goose, 174 Brent Goose, 132 Greylag Goose, 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 4 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 19 Knot, 45 Dunlin, Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 169 Common Crane, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Gull, 1 Long Tailed Skua, 28 Sandwich Tern, 57 Common Buzzard, 1 Honey Buzzard, 5 Red Kite, 4 Hen Harrier, 5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 83 Sparrowhawk, 34 Stock Dove, 1580 Woodpigeon, 1 Short Eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 32 Tree Pipit, 284 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing, 35 Song Thrush, 165 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 4 Skylark, 6 Redpoll, 1240 Chaffinch/Brambling, 1 Redstart, 19 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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