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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Saturday, April 09, 2011

30 M Kärret; 9th April 2011

Arrived on site early and met up with John Costello who had been about since dawn. A pair of calling Crane greeted my arrival. Skylark were overhead, Redwing were singing in the woods to our left and small numbers of White Wagtail flitted about. Not long later a dark silhouette darkened the sky above out heads and we found ourselves enjoying our first Osprey of the year... Osprey The bird went on to hunt over the water in front of us for some time, diving several times for a single small fish. Our attention was drawn elsewhere, two Green Sandpipers flew in calling, again new for the year. Another first was a cracking male Wheatear behind us, always a nice bird to see after a long winter. A Crossbill flew over calling, a Kestrel flew through to the north....
Whooper Swans

Resident Greylag Geese and a pair of Whooper Swans were present, we searched for Jack snipe to no avail before heading to the viewing tower at the site where we were treated to views of at least 5 Ospreys! These birds were to give stunning views as they fished through the morning and would be the feature of the day. Chaffinch were in song in the woods on the return journey before we walked towards Barkarby Flygplats...


Though it was reasonably quiet towards Barkarby a small group of foraging Jays were enjoyed as they gave great views. The birds were seeking out snails for lunch, rather successfully too it seemed. We watched them for a while before heading for Saby Strand. 12 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, 5 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 35 Teal and a singleton Green Sandpiper were noted there before we left for home, all in all a quiet but enjoyable day.

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