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……….

000’s of Kittiwakes

Black-legged Kittiwake

There were absolutely loads of Kittiwakes east of town today as well as seemingly equally large numbers of Common Gulls.

All the Kittiwakes that came close enough to ID were Black-legged. They were a scruffy bunch.

Black-legged Kittiwake

Hopefully they’ll stick around and I can find a Red-legged one.

Nasty weather but quite a few birds were present on the east coast around to Onuma: Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Peregrine, White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles, Eastern Buzzard, Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe etc. At Onuma it was very quiet in the late afternoon gloom but Smew and Goshawk were both around.

Black-legged Kittiwake