There were 7 Black-necked Grebes in one of the loacl ports this afternoon and some were well into their summer plumage……….
This is a common enough local species that I often photograph and they look great at this time of year. Also around were 2 Great-crested Grebe, 6 species of gull including Glaucous Gull and my first Little-ringed Plover of the year.
A cold windy Sunday today. Several inches of snow fell last night but has now mostly melted.
I couldn’t find any geese at Onuma but there were still plenty of Swans (both species) and ducks. These included newly arrived Mandarin Ducks which were displaying in small groups. There were quite a few Eagles around too: at least 9 White-tailed Eagles and 1 adult Steller’s Sea Eagle.
Small birds were again few and far between but there were a few Siskin and Dusky Thrush at Onuma and the above Coal Tit was in a park just outside town.
A Slavonian Grebe to the west of town this afternoon. This is a fairly common winter visitor although it occurs in far fewer numbers than the similar Black-necked Grebe.
Only common stuff around in the same area: the most noteworthy species were Whooper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret and Black Scoter. Last weekend’s cold snap brought a few flocks of Dusky Thrush to town but nothing more interesting. Yet.