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, September 14, 2011

Sandemar; 14th September 2011

 Red Backed Shrike; One of two juveniles seen on the day, still a few around. Watched this bird feeding for a while...

 Whooper Swan; A family group just offshore from the observation tower..

Dunlin; A juvenile bird and one of four present together at Hoggarn. They were amazingly tolerant of my presence and walked around me feeding!

An outing to Sandemar today in the hope that a male Pallid Harrier seen at the site yesterday might hang around, but it was not to be. Nevertheless an enjoyable morning. On arrival several birds calling in the undergrowth were waited out, mostly proving to Blackcap as expected, though a single Reed Warbler was seen also. Next up was a young Red Backed Shrike, I watched it hawk after dragonflies for a while before moving on. I made my wat to the observation tower where 2 Golden Plover were senn along with some Greenshanks. The final total on Greenshank would be well into the teens bt the end of the day. I crossed over to Hoggarn where I began to flush small groups of Meadow Pipits. I quartered the area for 20 minutes or so until I flushed a single pipit which called as ir rose, the unmistakable sound of Red-throated Pipit! The bird flew strongly to the east past the tower and I decided not to follow it. I had spotted a small group of waders at the waters edge..
 They proved to be Dunlin, a small group of four juveniles which were in the process of moulting into winter plumage. I approached them quite close and they ignored me completely, so I got closer. In the end they were a metre in frony of me and totally oblivious to me, a wonderful encounter which allowed for some great photos of these lovely little waders. I spent quite a while watching and sketching them at close range, a thouroughly enjoyable experience.
 The close of the visit was to produce a couple of White Tailed Eagles overhead, another highlight, both young birds. I checked the stubble fields carefully and kicked out a lot of Yellowhammer, White Wagtails and a large flock of 230 Hooded Crow, alas no Lapland Bunting...

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