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 http://www.alandalton.net/
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 alandltn@gmail.com

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Diurnal Migration; Sound Recordings; 22nd October 2012




Bullfinch migrating. The mellow, plaintive note here is given by Bullfinch on migration. A rather quiet call this...


Here is the more raucous calls of a flock of Brambling, a small flock of around a dozen birds here, recorded on migration. A rather unmissable, loud call...


Here are calls from a migrant Tree Sparrow, small numbers of which were seen flying southwest over the sea. Not often thought of as a migrant, though here in scandinavia, some birds do move in late autumn...


The typical downward, inflected note of Reed Bunting here, th bird passing quite close to the parabol...


The rattle of a Mistle Thrush as it flew southwards..


Meadow Pipit here, a classic autumn migrant. Getting late for this species, which migrates in greatest numbers in late September..


Dunnock here on migration, high overhead....


The classic high pitched notes of Goldcrest on passage...


A Snow Bunting here, very high overhead calling. This is often how they are heard, not clearly, though distantly. Note the faint plaintive note, as well as the bubbling trill...


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