Back in Hakodate last week the Crossbills and Redpolls were still around……….
I took a long walk today. Very dark and overcast but there were a few birds in town: a small flock of Redpoll, 50 or so Crossbills, a lone Brambling, an injured Whooper Swan, lots of Dusky Thrush, a single Great Egret and 3 Goldeneye.
Hakodate City have been chopping down more trees next to the river. Looking very grim near my apartment now. Once again they chopped down the trees but didn’t bother picking up the garbage.
There was a small flock of 8 or so Common Redpolls. The pink ones are the males………….
There were some Redpolls in among the Crossbills………….
It’s been a good winter for small birds actually…………….
Not only Crossbills this winter……….
There are Redpolls everywhere too. There was a flock of a dozen or so in Hakodate this week. Not as easy to photograph as their red relatives though.
There were still plenty of Redpolls around last weekend…………
And here’s another shot of the Fieldfare on Sunday. I went back on Monday morning but couldn’t relocate it. Apparently there has been a bit of an influx of this species into Hokkaido this winter………
The big goose flock was still near Onuma yesterday.
I wanted to get some Cackling Goose pics (there are a few in among all the White-fronted Geese). You can see a couple resting here (the ones with the black heads and white cheeks).
They weren’t the only flocks around that location. Lots of swans of course but also this group of 100 or so Common Redpoll.
I spent an hour or so following the Redpolls around………….
The nearby big flock was huge, some appeared to have whiteish rumps (so potentially Arctic Redpoll) but the big flock was so skittish it was impossible to photograph.
These ones near the port were far more relaxed.
This Redpoll came very close………….
This Redpoll was one of many feeding on the roadside……
There were loads of redpolls up near Oshamanbe today. 00’s of them.
The Common Starling was still there too. Very shy and difficult to photograph. It is quite scarce here, don’t laugh.
One of the ports in Oshamanbe had some Redpolls in the grass……….
This is a very unpredictable winter visitor. I hadn’t seen any for a couple of years but some years there are lots of them.