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, August 01, 2017

Baltic Gull; Juvenile; 31st July 2017; Stockholm City

 Bird A. A classic juvenile, a coffee toned bird. One of two present, representing the first Baltic Gulls at the site this year in this age group. Always lovely to see these birds appearing at the site...

 Dark underwing markings apparent here, wings look a little rounded and the longest primaries as the långes primaries are not quite fully grown...

Bird A. Upperparts in flight, a classic tail pattern and dark primaries.

 Bird B. Slightly smaller, but very simular in appearance to the first bird, quite likely siblings. Lovely fresh plumage with pale fringes to secondaries and tail feathers.

 Bird A. This bird exhibits a quite hooked upper mandible tip and a heavier bill than bird B.

 Bord B. Rather petit, small headed, with a rather fine looking bill, quite possibly a female.

 Above and Below; Bird B in flight..

Bird B at rest, not the light white pacth on the gony's, a frangment of food or a pale spot?

A few images of the first juvenile Baltic Gulls of the year from Skeppsbron here...

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