Think that one must have over-summered locally…
Hakodate had its hottest every day last week but amazingly we had another cool Monday (the high temps will return later this week…again).
The above Kestrel at Yakumo was a nice find; not a bird I often see in Hokkaido.
The storms were pushing the waves right up the beaches so it was tricky to find waders; only 3 species around today. And terrible conditions once again for photos.
The Kentish Plovers were picking up tiny fish that has been washed ashore…
Not often I get to see a male in breeding plumage so close.
I was waiting for a fishing Osprey that never showed up…
There were Red-necked grebe and Pacific Diver offshore and a couple of male Kentish Plovers on the shore. The angle wasn’t great (we were looking down at it) and the light wasn’t great either but the pics weren’t so bad all things considered.
There weren’t many waders in Mukawa but on the way home the flock of Sanderlings near Oshamanbe was in their usual place.
And the Kentish Plovers from last week were still around.
Some plovers were on the beaches yesterday…
Waders are pretty thin on the ground in Hokkaido in winter. The above Kentish Plover, near Hakodate today, is one of the few shorebird species around in the colder months and even this one is pretty scarce.
One of the few breeding wader species near Hakodate is Kentish Plover. They nest on some of the local beaches and around now the eggs are hatching.
Not much around last weekend: a couple of stray Goldeneye, Osprey, Goosander. Near my apartment the Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler has stopped singing (I guess a lone male that has given up and moved elsewhere) but a Black-browed Reed Warbler continues trilling away and the bushes are full of the sounds of Chestnut-cheeked Starlings feeding their fledglings.