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

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cape Clear Island; 15th October 2011

 Above and below; Two of three Rose Coloured Starlings found on an amazing mornings birding, a large fall occuring on the island..

 Another rarity found this morning was this Red Backed Shrike at the Post Office...

Common migrants such as this tired Song Thrush were everywhere...

An amazing mornings birding saw 2 Yellow Browed Warblers and a Black Redstart in Cotters, whilst Meadow Pipits, Skylark, Chafffinch and other birds streamed past. I heard one Brambling and later had five more on the Low Road. Incredibly there were 3 Rose Cloured Starling there! Soon after there were 2 Red Breasted Flycatcher found in Brids garden, but did not see those. Had more Black Redstarts, about 6 in total. A Red Backed Shrike was found at the Post Office. Another Yellow Browed Wabler showed itself in the bracken in the Glen.

Right now I gotta run for the ferry. What a wonderful two weeks birding, quality stuff.

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