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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Falsterbo; 30th September 2010

Woodpigeon migrating under a post dawn moon...

Some images of migrating Jay. Just under sixty birds were observed during the morning...

Fyren Lighthouse, Falsterbo.

12,600 Woodpigeon passed in just a few hours, high up and typically in flocks off 200-300.

Woodlark migrating, the call is most distinctive. Note the characteristic short tail.

With just a few hours to spare in the morning I opted to sit at Kolabacken in order to give me more time birding and arrived at daybreak. Shades of the past few days yet again, huge numbers of migrating Woodpigeon observed high over head. Corvids were on the move, chiefly Jackdaw with smller numbers of Rook involved. Jays were a big feature again and a lot of birds flying south as far as the lighthouse before retreating back inland. Several Woodlark flew over calling, a lovely flutey flight call unmistakeable. Brambling and Chaffinch were everywhere, coming in against the northeast wind. Coal Tits were noted for the second day in a row, amongst the streams of migrating Blue Tit. Sparrowhawks moved south overhead, Common Buzzard and other raptors id not move though, perhaps later in the afternoon after I had left.
I found myself rather torn to be leaving as the birding has been exceptional, even though the conditions have not. The wind has been wrong for massive scale migration and I can only imagine how impressive the spectacle must be, for example one might expect upwards of 100,000 Chaffinch/Brambling per day alone in southwesterlies, all pouring out over the sea at low altitude from Nabben, along with scores of other species. I guess I will just have to return to see that particular scenario. Having had a taste of the birding at the site and witnessed extraordinary scenes of diurnal migration I would urge birder's to consider a visit to the site for a truly unforgetable experience, certainly one that will dwell long in my memory.
Over the few days the following 115 species were seen without any real effort, I was on foot and spent each day close to the observatory. A car would make many more species available, as would an earlier visit;
Red Throated Diver, Black Throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Eurasion White Fronted Goose, Bean Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Dark Bellied Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Red Breasted Merganser, White Tailed Eagle, Greater Spoted Eagle, Red Kite, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Rough Legged Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Pheasant, Coot, Common Crane, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Snipe, Long Tailed Skua, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Greater Black Backed Gull, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Short Eared Owl, Black woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Woodlark, Sand Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Richards Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, White Watail, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Redstart, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Raven, Magpie, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Redpoll, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, Reed Bunting.

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