It’s the season to look for small birds on cold bleak snowy windswept beaches. 3 species of Bunting occur in this habitat: Snow, Pine and Lapland Buntings.
Sawara is a good place for them (all thse photos are from there) but they can and do occur anywhere along the coast; there are lots of possible places for them to feed and I’m sure they often get overlooked.
Hopefully there’ll be some around soon. Lots of snow this last week in Hakodate but almost no small birds………………..