Chinese Pond Heron

A crap photo but quite a scarce bird in north Japan and the 300th species I’ve seen in Hokkaido.

A Chinese Pond Heron west of town today. It flew off and disappeared into the trees before I could get a decent shot.

Not much else around: lots of Osprey fishing off the coast, a couple of stray Great Scaup, flocks of Japanese Green Pigeon etc.

Large numbers of Black-tailed Gulls were hunting flying ants everywhere.

Black-tailed Gull

As per last week, mostly

Common Crossbill

For me, Crossbills were the most interesting things in Oshamanbe but there were other things too……….

The Common Starling was still around.

Common Starling

The Slavonian Grebe and Black-throated Diver from last week were also present. I couldn’t get a photo of the latter but a Slaty-backed Gull stole its fish…………

Slaty-backed Gull

Flocks of Stenjeger’s Scoter were offshore and other good stuff today included a few White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles, 2 Long-tailed Duck, Black Scoter and other common ducks, Whooper Swan, Great Egret, Eastern Buzzard and a big flock of Waxwings on the outskirts of Hakodate.

2019 Over

Black-legged Kittiwake

Another year almost over.

East of town one of the ports was full of Kittiwakes.

Black-legged Kittiwake

000’s of them but no Red-leggeds sadly.

Black-legged Kittiwake

The same influx happened 2 years ago at the same place.

Not much else around: White-tailed Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-necked Grebe……….