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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gagea Lutea.; Landsort; 10th May 2011

Images here of a spring flower, a species named Gagea Lutea. A common spring flower here in Sweden, but most beautiful nonetheless. Sometimes refered to as spring onion locally in swedish language, sometimes also the closely related Gagea minima. Norwegians expressive term "gold star", is rather apt.As a bulbous plant it has the ability to rise from the earth early in the spring to unassuming beauty and is not at risk to taking a back seat to many other well known spring flowers, such as cowslip and wood anemone. Certainly this little flower has always attracted far more attention than many of the more well known species of wildflower that bloom after it.
Gagea Lutea blooms in April or May. It is as widespread lowland plant in Norway, Sweden and southern Finland. Wild plants like loose and light soil, such as oak groves and faintly shadowed woodland. From there it spreads often to farmland, parks, wasteland, gardens, sandy paths and more.

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