The quietest of quietest months

Osprey

July is always a quiet month in south Hokkaido and for various reasons July 2021 has been even quieter than usual.

It’s been really really hot too. Last Sunday it was foggy in the morning which provided temporary relief. Not great for photos but juvenile Ospreys were practicing fishing and the first of the ‘autumn’ waders were passing through.

Sanderling, Red-necked Stint

Some more Sanderlings

Sanderling

I think Sanderling was the first shorebird I positively identified. I must have been about 11 or 12 (?) and I remember seeing this small white wader running around on Blackpool Beach on a cold wintry day. Afterward I went to my Great-aunt’s house nearby and she had a copy of ‘The Hamlyn Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe’ and I found the Sanderling in there looked just like the one I’d seen earlier.

And here we are 40 years later.

Sanderling
Sanderling

A quiet Sunday on the beach

Sanderling

It’s been a bit of a lazy last few weeks. The weather has been either unbearably hot or very stormy. Not many birds around either.

There were some Sanderlings near Yakumo yesterday. A common enough bird at this time of year but one of my personal favourites. It was an overcast windy, humid day and not great for photos.

Sanderling
Sanderling