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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Two-barred Crossbills; Lötsjön; 18th November 2014

Images of female Two-barred Crossbill, wonderful birds, brimming with character...

Two-barred Crossbill are always a bit special. The news that birds were frequenting a Larch tree in Solna saw me make the trip to Lötsjön in the hope reacquainting myself with the species and perhaps getting some decent photos and perhaps footage of some adult females.
 On arrival the birds were not present, though it did not take long for some Common Crossbills to fly past, though they seemed flighty and did not settle. This was probably due to attention from a Goshawk the previous afternoon! Eventually, after thirty minutes or so, i picked up the distinctive trumpeting call of Two-barred Crossbill. Soon, seven birds appeared in the tops of the nearby pines, a couple of males among them, all of them calling constantly. They seemed nervous, though three females did come down and begin to feed in the Larch, whilst the other birds flew off to the west. I figured there was a strong possibility these birds were frequenting the local graveyard to the west where several birds took up residence a couple of years ago. I decided to concentrate on the females in front of me and managed to get some great views as the birds gained confidence. once again, as i watched these birds, I was struck by just how parrot like they are in their behaviour,using their bills to climb around the branches! Despite the rather poor light I managed some reasonable digiscoped photos and some nice video footage, which i will post at the bottom of the text here. I spent a couple of hours watching the birds before the last of the light went and I headed off.

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