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, January 20, 2012

30 M Kärret; 19th January 2012

Sparrowhawk, the first of three new birds for the year today...

Back to 30 M Kärret today with John Costello after sleeping out an early ferry to Sandhamn, the weather was excellent throughout the day. On arrival we learned that the Great Grey Shrike has again been present early morning and we moved off to look for it. A Sparrowhawk was a year tick high overhead, though there was no passage of raptors to speak of. We climbed up a high point to no avial before a large group of Siskin were found, leading us to my second year tick of the day, Green Woodpecker. Back then, along the road the the marsh where I picked up a bird, far away in a treetop, a Great Grey Shrike. This was not a good view to to the range, nevertheless it was a new bird for John. It then dissapeared as we were approaching it which was annoying. We had views of more Siskin and Common Redpoll overhead before we moved off, checking the feeding station on the way, nothing out of the ordinary there..

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