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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Monday, January 09, 2012

Arctic Redpoll; 2nd Calender?; Eriksdalslunden; 9th January 2012

Note here the frosty central mantle running down the back, a rather grey and white bird, which drew attention on first view...

Here you can see the clean white fringes to the terials ans outer secondaries.Also note the gleaming white wingbar at the tips of the greater covert's.The bill was noticably small, though obscured a little in this record shot..

Note here the small bill again, as well as the yellowish buff tones around the throat and upper breast.

Note here the flanks are whitish toned with broken markings, not as prominent or solid as in nearby Mealy Redpoll. There were no brownsh wash on the flanks, rather a clean white impression...

The undertail covert's were clean white with a single dark shaft on the longest undertail covrt. This is best seen in the video below, as well as other features mentioned in the captions...

Shots here of an Arctic Redpoll seen at Eriksdal today, initialy drew attention as it was rather pale and large.

Video here;

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