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, June 18, 2012

Sanderling, Bull Island; Dublin Bay; June 2012

Sanderling and Dunlin here in flight..

Sanderling here from the beach on Bull Island where at least 142 were present on this day. These birds were present throughout the first two weeks on June while I was home in Ireland and were remarkably variable in appearance, the summer plumaged birds were quite stunning. Also present were good numbers of Dunlin and 7 Grey Plover. On the lagoons were hundreds more Dunlin, 90 Knot, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and a handfulof Lapwing. Remarkable numbers for June. Other highlights were a Cuckoo, lots of Shelduck, some Kittiwake and Black Guillemot as well as orchids, buterflies, Common Seals. A remarkable place to birdwatch in everyway which has been very much underwatched over the years, though this is cahnging, have a look at the website here...

The several outings on the island were thorughly enjoyable, this is were I grew up birding and it was nice to be back and to meet up with Tom Cooney, who runs the website and has been watching the island very carefully for the past few years, no doubt he is in for some wonderful birding..

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