First tick of 2021

Long-eared Owl

Not a great photo but the first addition to my J-list of the year. A Long-eared Owl to the east of town this afternoon. It was very dark and late in the afternoon but the Owl stayed on the wire just about long enough for me to get the tripod out and fire off a few record shots. First time I’d seen this species since the mid 80’s near Preston………….

The local Steller’s Sea Eagle was around as were several White-tailed Eagle and the usual common ducks and gulls…………..

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Some local Eagles

White-tailed Eagle

Some White-tailed Eagles from a few miles outside town this morning………………

White-tailed Eagle

There were 4 of them on a river west of town.

White-tailed Eagle

Also around were Japanese Wagtail, Great Egret, Sparrowhawk, Whooper Swan, Brambling and Long-tailed Rosefinch. On the sea there were hundreds of Great Crested Grebe and thousands of Common Gull………….

Where have they all gone?

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Not many Eagles at all at Yakumo today. Barely 20 or so. In recent years the eagle season has been shortening (possibly due to decline in the salmon runs) but we’re not even in the middle of January yet.

This one was a nice flyby but there really weren’t many of them around at all.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Still bitterly cold and loads and loads of snow. Not much else around: Smew and Japanese Waxwing were the most interesting.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Maybe they were hunkered down somewhere waiting for milder weather…………