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

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cape Clear Island; 13th October 2011

Yellow Browed Warbler, the first of the year on the island and very welcome...

Southwesterlies were blowing in the early part of the day and there were lots of Meadow Pipit, Redpoll and Siskin moving overhead during the morning. I was hungover after a night socializing in Club Chleire and decided to electrocute myself on an electric fence to snap my brain out of it's torpor. A short while later Mark Stewart found a Yellow Browed Warbler, the first of the year here on the island. I eventually saw the bird very well after a while, the bird initially not playing ball.
 Generally a quiet day, though there were a few bits and pieces hanging around, such a Rose Coloured Starling, 2 Short Toed Lark, Wryneck and Lesser Whitethroat...

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