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
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

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Norra Jarvfaltet, 31st May 2014

 Digiscoped Lapwing at Saby...

Common Pochard drake at Saby...

A day out resulted in nothing strange noted, though 60 species was a decent haul. I started at Saby were things were rather quiet. A few Lapwings were the only waders present and I moved off through Jagarkullen where I had great views of Thrush Nightingale. From the tower a pair of Black-throated Diver were present, though distant. A brief Hobby, a fishing Osprey and a pair of nesting Marsh Harriers were very nice. Lots of Swift were present over the lake and I nearly had a heart attack when a partial albino was picked up, a completely white mantle and scapulars had me briefly thinking I had struck gold, before the reality hit home. The undercarriage was largely white too, a Common Swift, a remarkable bird to look at.
Onwards through the woods where a Wood Warbler put up a great show and allowed me to videoscope it as it sang its heart out. Icterine Warbler sang nearby and I finished the day at 30 M Karret watching Snipe display..

Heres that Wood Warbler video for you...

Bird species seen on the day..
Magpie, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Blue Tit, Tree Sparrow, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Barn Swallow, Woodpigeon, House Martin, Lapwing, Swift 110, Thrush Nightingale 7, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Black headed Gull, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Cormorant, Pied Flycatcher 4, Starling, Mute Swan, Willow Warbler 5, Robin, Grey Heron, Nuthatch, Common Snipe, Lesser Black backed Gull 2, Whooper Swan 1, Black throated Diver 2, Wood Warbler 4, Great Crested Grebe 2, Godeneye, Coot, Mallard, Pochard 18, HOBBY 1, OSPREY 1, Marsh Harrier 2, Common Buzzard 3, Raven 2, Gadwall 5, Wren, Cuckoo 1, ICTERINE WARBLER 1.

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