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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring migration; 30 M Kärret; 23rd March 2011

30 m Kärret; Norra Järvafältet; Stockholm.

Arrived at 30 M Kärret today to sample the early spring migration at the site, an ideal location to view diurnal migration. The site forms a large green corridor down the centre of northern Stockholm which helps to funnel migrating birds and allows for excellent birding in general. Arrived early today at 9.00am in good conditions, clear skies and a westerly breeze. There was immediate activity from birds, I enjoyed the sight of my first Skylarks of the year funneling overhead in some numbers. After a few minutes my first Cranes of the year flew north overhead...



Common Cranes migrating north....
Very nice to see these majestic birds moving back into the country, a few minutes later another group was picked out to the east of the site. Lapwings were also very much in evidence, several small groups moving northwest into the wind. The after a half an hour the call went out and I got a brief view of a male Hen Herrier moving through in the same direction, albeit a distant view..


Whooper Swans migrating...
Whooper Swans were another species very much on the move today, a total of 37 birds were noted moving through the area. Then a singing Mistle Thrush was picked out in the woods to the west, another year tick. Still Skylarks moved through. Gulls began to move aroung noon, Black Headed, Common, Greater Black-backed and a handful of newly arrived Lesser Black-backed were all noted. Many of the birds were distant and the telescope was relied on for good views..


Leica Televid, have used this scope for 15 years now, invaluable today....
Still more new birds came. Common Buzzards were moving in small numbers, other raptors included several Sparrowhawk and 2 Goshawk. Common Snipe were another year first, two birds picked up in the air calling. A single Rough Legged Buzzard was nice, as were two Taiga Bean Geese amongst Greylags. Crows were very much in eveidence, Cormorant and Goosander were also picked up. A most welcome bird was a Woodlark high overhead, the distinctive call drawing attention to the bird. The best of all was still to come in the form of a very impressive raptor...



Adult White Tailed Eagle, always a great bird to see....
The first White Tailed Eagle, an adult, flew over about 1pm from the south. Another adult soon after was followed by a younger bird, before another adult graced my scope a while later, the passage all taking place within 30 minutes or so. There was alway some thing to watch at some points in the day, Cranes eventually totalled 35 birds before I departed at 2.30pm.
All in all a very rewarding days birding, though a little hard in birding terms, a lot of scanning, scoping and distant birds involved....


Another view of the site. A very rich habitat which is thawing out rapidly...






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