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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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Visible Migration; Malarklippan; 8th April 2017

 Great Crested Grebes; Not very often you witness a flock like this in the air, a stunning sight...

 Mixed Geese in flight, the largest flock of the morning...mainly Bean Geese with a few Eurasian White fronted Geese among them.

 Pink footed Goose, a very scarce species here and only the sixth site record.

 Above and Below; A really unexpected rarity was this White Stork, which took its time passing, giving us excellent views in the process. First record for the site, this bird was the icing on the cake on a tuly fantastic mornings birding!

 Above and Below; Whooper Swans were passing throughout the day and I eventually logged a total of 177 birds. A wonderful sight to behold and a really special bird on spring migration...

A simply stunning mornings birding at Malarklippan, Bromma. The site affords an incredible raised view over Lake Malaren and as a result is a superb site to monitor spring migration from. I arrived at 06.30am and was delighted to find that there was a heavy northwards passage of many species. I was eventually joined by Niklas Westermark and we ended up having a quite incredible mornings birding, logging several good birds, icluding two new species for this well watched sight. The first was a couple of Bearded Titts, which Niklas did incredibly well to pick up high over the lake moving north, a quite amazing and unexpected sight. The second was a quite fantastic and most unexpected species, a White Stork. We were flabbergasted when this bird drifted eastwards past our position at noon. We had already had an incredible morning, but this sighting insured today would go down as a rather special morning of migration, not just for numbers, but also for the wide range of species. The following species were logged migrating;

1 White Stork, 6 Pink footed Goose, 1 Tundra Bean Goose(ssp. rossicus), 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Collared dove, 1 Rook, 9 Osprey, 1 Rough legged Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 10 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 11 Common Buzzard, 3 White tailed Eagle, 39 Greylag Gosse, 172 Taiga Bean Goose, 42 Barnacle Goose, 12 Canada Gosse. 8 Eurasian Greater White fronted Goose, 285 Greater cormorant, 318 Starling, 420 Woodpigeon(1 hour count), 312 Chaffinch(1 hr. count), 9 Brambling, 486 Fieldfare(1 hr. count), 2 Song Thrush, 28 Mistle Thrush, 51 Skylark, 39 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Common Crane, 177 Whooper Swan, 5 Grey Heron, 16 Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 41 Redwing, 38 Goosander, 5 Dunnock, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 White Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Common Redpoll, 4 Common Crosbill, 4 Hawfinch, 12 Siskin.

Also in the area were 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Black Woodpecker, 61v Great Crested Grebe, 4 Smew, 16 Jay and Crested Tit.

A morning to remember!