Golden Week 2019 #4

Chestnut-cheeked Starling

In the fishing ports local fishermen leave the nets out to dry. I guess the nets contain rotting seafood and in early May some kind of fly lay their eggs in the stinking netting and when the insects emerge they are food for any birds in the area.

Chestnut-cheeked Starlings are common summer visitors and flocks of them were feasting on the flies………..

Chestnut-cheeked Starling
Chestnut-cheeked Starling

Golden Week 2019 #3

Intermediate Egret

Not a vintage Golden Week for birds. Despite fine weather and lots of time off and traveelling around SW Hokkaido I didn’t see anything particularly rare or unusual. Yakumo still had plenty of wildfowl on the 4th/6th including Garganey, Falcated Duck and White-fronted Geese and both species of Scoter were offshore at Oshamanbe. Other summer visitors to arrrive included Oriental Reed Warbler, Brown-headed Thrush and Oriental Cuckoo. On passage there were lots of Dusky Thrush and a nice male Rustic Bunting (at Yakumo) but not much else.

The above Intermediate Egret was at Yakumo. All 3 species of commoner egret weer evident across the region at the weekend: this is the scarcest of the 3.

A grey Sunday

Steller’s Sea Eagle

A Steller’s Sea Eagle in Yakumo on Sunday.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The numbers are slowly falling as the salmon stock dwindles and the birds begin to disperse. There were still a fair few around though but for most of the morning the skies were too dark and blizzards hit in the afternoon.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

There were more eagles of both species up in Oshamanbe, they won’t be leaving quite yet.