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, April 22, 2013

Tyresö Slott; 22nd April 2013

 Great Crested Grebe; These birds are now returning to the breeding grounds after the thaw, a late winter here has seen them arrive a little later than usual..

 The birds have wasted no time getting down to breeding, plenty of displaying and nest prospecting going on today...

 A few pairs of Coot also in evidence today...

 Mink. I have seen three of these in the past fortnight, not good news at all for the local waterbirds. This foreign invader is wreaking havoc withing the ecosystem here and is a very real problem for breeding birds such as Coot and Great Crested Grebe.

 Above and below; White Wagtails are now returning en masse. One of the earliest birds to return...

Also today I managed some video footage of diplaying Great Crested Grebe, click here on the link to view this footage;

A casual trip today to the slott today saw plenty of waterbirds. The ice has melted at this site and Goosander, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Mute Swan and Greylag Goose were all busily preparing for breeding. A handful of Green Sandpiper were better, though I was suprised at the absence of Osprey, having had one here already a few days ago. A pair of Common Buzzard floated past, whilst Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted woodpecker and Black Woodpecker were all in evidence. A very nice day out, time for some more serious birding I think..

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