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, February 16, 2011

Lesser spotted Woodpecker; Brända Berget; 14th Febuary 2011

News that a male Three Toed Woodpecker had been seen well the day before saw me at this site early in the morning, though I was to be disspointed despite a lenghty and thorough look for this locally rare bird. Several times I heard and approached feeding woodpeckers and each time was dissapointed to find a Greater Spotted Woodpecker the source, though on one occasion it turned out to be a much more welcome species, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. I had prolonged views of this super little male for 20 minutes as it fed among the branches in stunning light. These tiny woodpeckers really are great birds, a species I see well only very occasionally. nice to get a few shots of the bird as it fed, and some consilation for not seeing its rarer relative today...

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