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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Målarklippan; Diurnal Migration; 11th March 2014


A morning spent observing diurnal migration proved to be a great early spring experience on a fine day with light westerly winds. From just after dawn migration was strong and Niklas Westernark, Per Äsberg and myself were busy scanning the skies. During the day there were many highlights, with Geese, Swans, Skylarks and Pigeons the main species involved along with corvids. The highlight was a flock of 28 Eurasian White Fronted Geese, 3 Rook, a Woodlark and a Teal. I missed an Arctic Redpoll flying by with the local Redpoll flock, though had seen the bird on a previous visit. The view at this site is quite stunning with a huge vista to the west over Lake Malaren and south over the northern Stockholm suburbs, allowing excellent viewing of migrating birds. Woodpigeon, Crane, Geese and Swans featured heavily today, a wonderful experience that resulted in a superb haul of early migrants. The following were noted migrating;
1 Teal, 46 Crane, 46 Whooper Swan, 30 Eurasian White Fronted Goose, 67 Bean Goose, 48 Greylag Goose, 35 Anser Sp., 47 Cormorant, 92 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Tufted Duck, 36 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 25 Starling, 613 Woodpigeon, 21 Stock Dove, 136 Skylark, 1 Woodlark, 59 Lapwing, 34 Chaffinch, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Rook, 176 Hooded Crow, 276 Jackdaw.
A supporting cast of species included Arctic Redpoll, Parrot Crossbill, Crested Tit, Black Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, White Tailed Eagles, Rough Legged Buzzard, Hawfinch and a host of other species. A good days birding by any standards...





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