The hot summer is over. It’s still pretty warm but the hottest ever summer in Japan is fading away…
The above Night Heron was on the river near my place as well as Asian Brown Flycatcher, Bull-headed Shrike, Eurasian Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Kingfisher and various ‘unknowns’ flitting around in the still luxuriant undergrowth.
No car and my ongoing achilles issues meant not much birding this week: just a quick hobble along the river near my apartment. Most of the trees have gone so it isn’t that good for birds anymore. The above Night Heron was the only thing of note………….
Beautiful clear autumn weather the last few days and a clear change in some of the bird species. Harlequin Duck and Glaucous-winged Gulls gave reappeared on the coasts.
A flock of Whooper Swan were flying south yesterday as were lots of Eurasian Jay. Lots of common ducks on the rivers and Great Egrets are becoming more numerous. Northern Goshawk and Daurian Redstart were other noteworthy species near Esan.
Hakodate is pretty quiet: a flock of Rustic Bunting were in one of the local parks today and There are still some Night Herons on the river.
And the Esan area always seems to have a Peregrine…………..