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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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Broangarna; 15th June 2011

 Grey Heron

 Common Tern



Willow Warbler

An evening out at Broangarna with John Costello was enjoyable to sat the least. Arriving at the area it became apparent that insects were everywhere. Birds were noted though as we made our way to the observation tower, with Lapwing, Skylark, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail and a host of common species.
 The observation tower held the first surprise of the day, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, a swedish tick for me and most welcome. Common Tern and Osprey fished over the lake, whilst Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting sang from the reeds. Oystercatcher, Common Snipe, Grey Heron were also seen at this point.
 Onwards through the area to a group of trees where we eventually found the birds we came for, three recently fledged Long Eared Owls. We enjoyed flight views of these birds before calling it a night, many thanks to John for showing me aroung the area...

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