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, August 06, 2012

Broängarna; 6th August 2012

 Marsh Harrier; A feature of August birding,  juvenile birds have fledged and are now actively quartering suitable habitat...

 Wood Sandpipers, at least 20 birds seen today...

 White Tailed Eagle; Terrible shot of a bird very high in the sky, the moult tells us this bird is not one of this years young, possibly a second year bird..

 Osprey: Broängarna is a superb site for this species and at least 4 birds were present today, two young and two adults. 

Willow Warbler, a young bird this one. The bird in the background is a Red Backed Shrike!

Met up with John Costello and we made our way onto the reserve, checking the grasslands adjacen to Bro-Hof Castle Golf Course. At a small septic tank the ground exploded as Wood Sandpipers took to the air, calling hurriedly. We had nice views of the birds in the air around us before moving on. Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Whinchat and Goldfinch were commonplace in this area. We worked our way down towards the observation tower and settled there for a while. Around the tower Reed Warblers called from the reedbeds, giving the odd glimpse. A Sedge Warbler was also noted, whilst Reed Bunting called. A Spotted Flycatcher made sallies for flying insects nearbly. On Malaren, the lake the tower overlooks, there were Greylags aplenty, whilst a calling Curlew was the first of 5 birds recorded. Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Duck and Cormorant were also out on the water..
 The real flavour of the morning was raptors. A couple of Osprey juveniles had flown past us a few minutes earlier, now an adult fished not far from the tower, before perching in a tree and calling for a while. It was later joined by a second adult. A Marsh Harrier was then picked up, before a second joined it. Both were juveniles, though it wasn't long before two more drifted past, high overhead, at least on a moulting adult female. Then the first of two White Tailed Eagle followed suit, as well as several Common Buzzard. No Honey Buzzard though, still needed by me this year! Flocks of Stock Dove were moving south, around sixty birds moved, before I picked up some medium sized waders, 9 Bar Tailed Godwits, distant and identified from the blurred shots taken through the camera! It would of been nice to have a scope here, though dragging it all the way to the tower would of been a killer in this mornings heat.
 After a couple of hours we made  our way back, a cracking pair of Redstart amd a juvenile Red Backed Shrike providing the highlights birdwise. We turned our eyes downwards eventually and took in Butterflies and Odonata, the results posted above. A most enjoyable mornings birding..

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