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Some late afternoon Night Herons

Black-crowned Night Heron

There was a flock of 30 or so Black-crowned Night Herons at one of the local river mouths. They were all sitting around in a tree and I inadvertently disturbed them.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

The more photogenic adults didn’t come as close…………….

Black-crowned Night Heron

Near my place there were a few migrants passing through last week: a Northern Hawk Cuckoo, several Asian Brown Flycatcher and a couple of Siberian Stonechat.

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

Another quiet week

Black-crowned Night Heron

Another quiet week just gone by.

At Yakumo today there were a couple of interesting waders: a Teminck’s Stint and a Green Sandpiper. I don’t have any decent shots of either and they were both so jumpy I couldn’t get any today either.

On the beach there were a few Sanderlings and the ubiquitous Red-necked Stints.

Red-necked Stint

A long one

Common Kingfisher

This Kingfisher at Yakumo caught an odd-looking fish.

Common Kingfisher

It took it a couple of minutes to swallow it………….

Common Kingfisher

It was a dark, wet humid day. The wader passage has started at least: 1 Mongolian Plover, 1 Kentish Plover, 6 Grey-tailed Tattler, 2 Terek Sandpiper and 2 Red-necked Stint. The first Black-headed Gulls are passing through too.

August begins

Black-crowned Night Heron

The hot time is here. The start of August always sees Hakodate throwing a huge festival, but not this year for obvious reasons.

Not much around. The Chinese Pond Heron is still there but I only glimpsed it very briefly. Other stuff today included a large group of Black-crowned Night Herons, Sand Martin, Osprey, Pacific Swift, Common Kingfisher, Osprey and Blue Rock Thrush.