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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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hällögern; 23rd August 2014

A female Velvet Scoter with a late brood of twelve Young. One of three females offshore this morning with young...

 Black-throated Divers around 700m ofshore at first light...

White Wagtail

After an absolute washout yesterday I was relieved to awake to no rain today. The weather has been nothing short of appalling this week and this was the first dawn in five Days I could spend watching visible migration. The wind has now shifted to northeast, a cold affair which has killed the hirundine passage, a feature of the first few days. However, there was an amazing increase in one species today, Brambling. Todays total would come to 611, the vast majority in the few hours after dawn and also juvenile birds, often in flocks averaging twenty or thirty birds. Whether this was local movement or more extensive migration(it seems to early for that), there was a marked movement of these birds today. Tree Pipit were again moving with 58 noted, over 60 Yellow Wagtails also. Three migrating Ospreys were all juvenile, as were 6 Common Buzzard. New to the trip list were 14 Linnet and a Calling Jay, this now stands at 76 species. A single 3rd calender White -tailed eagle was seen as well as 7 Common Crossbill, 32 White Wagtail, 2 Curlew, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Black-throated Diver, 16 Red-throated Diver. Several unidentified flocks of waders at extreme range in heat haze was frustrating.The afternoon was spent watching for raptors with little success. apart from a few Hobby, though as Always, northern species like Crane, Velvet Scoter, Divers and Brambling were Always present for interest.

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