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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Friday, September 09, 2011

Skeppsbron; 9th September 2011

A new 1st calender Baltic Gull on site today, otherwise not a lot of birds about really today. Note the damaged tertials and greater covert's on this bird, a rather small bird..

 Above: two shots of the same bird, a Herring Gull. Of interest note the rather worn tertials which now appear rather like on might expect of Yellow-legged Gull, though other features reveal its true identity. Note for example the inner primaries in flight, a bright panel in line with Agentatus. The tail was also that of Herring Gull, along with structure. Note the lightly toned underwing markings.

Another first calender Argentatus, this bird turned up a few days ago, a rather lanky looking bird on the water, interesting tertials, though again other features determine identification as Herring Gull. These birds are variable though weighing up all the features invariably sorts out identity. Note the plain toned first generation scapulars and lack of general wear on the upperparts, probably a late hatched bird.

Photos and discussion from routine gull check at Skeppsbron...

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