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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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Isbladkarret, 3rd June 2014

 A pair of newly hatched Coot being fed by their mother...

 Male Lapwing

Juvenile Grey Heron

A visit to Isbladkarret and the surrounding area today was in order. I walked around for sometime listening to songbirds in the hope of a Blyths Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler or even River Warbler to no avail. All three species are now moving through and it is a great time to find these birds. At the wetland itself the Grey Heronry was really busy, a lot of noise and activity, with many birds already fledged. A pair of Slavonian Grebe were noted and the nest was found, one of the birds sitting tight on eggs in the rushes. Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard, Coot and Tufted Duck were all present in a breeding capacity, as were a pair of Lapwing. A Moorhen was noteworthy, an uncommon bird here in Stockholm. Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Pied flycatcher and Willow Warbler were all noted in song. Overhead there were lots of Swift and Swallows feeding and these were carefully checked.  Although this site is very Close to the ciry there is rarity potential here, especially on passage and the site is always worth a visit.

Here is a slow motion capture of a Coot feeding two newly hatched Young..

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