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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Friday, October 19, 2012

Landsort; 19th October 2012

Up at 04.30am. in order to travel for the first feet, duly arriving at dawn on the island, where I made my way directly to Sodra Udden. A fresh southwesterly, overcast conditions and some light rain were the conditions. Passage was confined the the first couple of hours at sea, though Little Gulls were moving, which was very nice indeed. Between 07.45am and 11.45am the following was recorded;
12 Black Guillemot, 192 Common Gull, 2 Goosander, 63 Little Gull southwest and 30 more feeding off Sodra Udden, 32 Cormorant, 7 Black Headed Gull, 29 Greenfinch, 289 Siskin, 3 Twite, 105 Long Tailed Duck, 1 Black Throated Diver, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 2 White Tailed Eagle, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 dark bellied Brent Goose, 1 Dunnock, 1 Long Tailed Tit.

On my way back to the observatory I heard an interesting Chiffchaff, but failed to see it. This was followed by a flock of 6 Waxwing moving south, my first of the autumn...
After lunch I headed north and scoured the island, hoping for a stray rarity. Passerine passage was low by the islands standards, the following species and totals made their way into my notebook;
170 Siskin, 35 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 48 Chaffinch, 2 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 11 Robin, 52 Goldcrest, 24 Blackbird, 6 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Common Crossbill, 3 Nuthatch and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

With the wind dropping off this evening, tomorrow should be better for small birds. Having said that, today was highly enjoyable and has to go down as a good days birding. Four more days to go on Landsort...

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