Kamchatka Leaf Warbler

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler

Eastern Crowned Warblers are the common phylloscopus breeders in Hokkaido. Another species, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler also breeds but seemingly not in the forests near this pool. This species, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, is a common passage migrant in late May/early June. It is part of the Arctic Warbler complex that was recently split into 3 species.

Not many visit the pool, just the few passage migrants that happen to be passing through that part of the forest I suppose.

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler

Japanese Thrush

Japanese Thrush

A male Japanese Thrush at a well-known forest pool near Tomakomai. This is a common summer visitor but is a shy forest dweller and is generally difficult to photograph. The male put in 2 appearances as did the female but even at the pool they are jumpy and don’t stick around for long.

Japanese Thrush