Some winter gulls…
Esan was a bit quiet last weekend.
Both species of eagle were around but no photos.
The fishermen were tossing scraps into the water which the gulls appreciated…
On the nearby coast there were a few winter gulls, lots of Black-necked and Great Crested Grebes, a few common ducks, some Greenshank and 1 or 2 White-tailed Eagles.
The various gull winter visitors were present at the rivermouth in Yakumo last weekend..
A quiet day at Yakumo with a few slightly interesting species: 6 species of gull including Black-legged Kittiwake and Glaucous-winged Gull, several skuas way offshore (Pomarine I think), Great Egret, lots of Pintail and Wigeon, Stejneger’s Scoter………….
Among the gulls were lots of Vega Gull: a common passage migrant in Hokkaido.
The Kingfishers posed for the camera………………
At Onuma there was a big flock of swans in one corner of the lake but I couldn’t get a clear view from the car: they were probably Bewick’s on their way south.