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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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Two-barred Crossbills; Kungsholmen; 7th January 2012

 A male Two-barred Crossbill feeding in the Blue Spruce. This bird showed very well through the early morning, a stunning bird...

 Note the two broad wingbars, clean gleaming white. Dark lores and chin, note the dark centred scapulars and uppertail covert's. The rump and flanks a luminuous, glowing orange tone..

Above and below; A couple more images of the feeding bird as it fed in strong sunlight...

Soon after arrival at Kungsholmen I was looking through feeding Crossbills and it wasn't long before I had a brief view of a male Two-barred Crossbill. The bird was elusive, though it gave a few decent views before it, as well as all of the birds in the area, were spooked by a hunting Goshawk. The bird eventually returned and in blazing sunshine I was treated to amazing views of the bird as it fed on pine cones. It seems this species of Blue Spruce is much sought by this species as the other stationary group of Two-barred Crossbill to the north of the city are also frequenting a stand of this species.
 A short while later I enjoyed view of a pair of Two-barred Crossbill high in a bare tree, the male of which I thought a different bird to the earlier individual, though I could not be sure due to the earlier strong light...

Video of Two-barred Crossbill here;

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