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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Monday, January 06, 2020

Black-throated Thrush; Akalla; 6th January 2020

Out early to look for a Black-throated Thrush at Akalla, Stockholm. The bird was found yesterday by observer's watching Pine Grosbeak. Given the large amounts of thrush around the Stockholm area, it is perhaps not unexpected that this species would be found this winter around the city. The bird proved a bit of a nightmare to pin down, roving over the area with the local thrush flocks, mainly Fieldfare and a few Redwing. It took some time before it appeared, though the views were brief. Judging by the heavily streaked flanks and the appearance of the greater covert's, I judged it most likely a first winter female. It initially gave excellent scope views before it flew off to the northwest, though it appeared again twice over the next three hours. This is the third time I have connected with this rare eastern vagrant here in Sweden and it was a nice way to begin 2020.

In addition to the Black-throated Thrush there was the added bonus of 38 Pine Grosbeak feeding on the fruit trees in the area, which certainly helped to pass a few hours whilst awaiting the thrushes reappearance. Also nice to get this species on the yearlist early in the year. The light was poor today, so a few rather dull digiscoped images here of a few of these birds.

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