Local Ospreys


I sometimes complain about how dull summer birding can be around here but then I think well at least we have Ospreys fishing in the local ports………..


Also around town today were Goosander, late Scaup and Goldeneye as well as Chestnut-eared Bunting, Oriental Reed Warbler and Siberian Stonechat.

Not there

Varied Tit

There has been a family of Oriental Scops Owls showing well in one of the local parks and we went to look for them this morning……………….but couldn’t find them.

Quite a few birds around though: Coal and Varied Tit, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Common Crossbill, Narcissus Flycatcher and Kamchatka Leaf Warbler.

End of the blossoms

Red-cheeked Starling

With one thing and another it wasn’t really possible to photograph many birds in Goryokaku Park this spring. The park re-opened at least but unlike some previous springs there was very little of interest around. Lots of Red-cheeked Starlings walking around though: the cherry blossoms have all fallen as you can see.

Red-cheeked Starling

The smallest


The smallest bird in Europe is also the smallest bird in Japan.

There were 3 of them in the trees next to the river today, presumably just arrived from across the Tsugaru Straits this morning. I also saw my first Bullheaded Shrike of the year and yesterday got my first Red-flanked Bluetail of 2020 too.