Some more Crossbills from this afternoon.
I found a small group of Crossbills just outside town today.
Not great light and they were right outside someone’s front door………..
A quiet weekend with not much about, this lone White-fronted Goose was near Hakodate a few days ago.
I’ve done something to my achilles tendon and can only hobble about which has kept me in the flat all week too.
One of the rivers just to the west of town has several overwintering Eagles. There were 5 White-tailed Eagles: 1 adult and 4 immatures.
Further west there were more eagles including a couple of Steller’s but they were all high in the sky.
Some White-tailed Eagles from a few miles outside town this morning………………
There were 4 of them on a river west of town.
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………….
I was surprised to see 20 or so Great Cormorants to the west of town today: I thought they were summer visitors?
Also around were large numbers of Common Gull as well as Glaucous Gull, Whooper Swan, Great Egret, Black-necked Grebe and the usual common winter ducks.
A quiet start to November. I did see my first Steller’s and White-tailed Eagles of the winter last week but too far off for any photos.
A lot of seasonal stuff appearing locally: Hawfinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Varied Tit, Winter Wren, Brown Dipper, lots of common ducks, Great Egret……………..
This White-fronted Geese in Kamiiso had a dislocated or broken leg by the looks of it.
The Great Cormorants will shortly be heading south……………..
I checked one of the local beaches this afternoon to see if there were any interesting gulls, or perhaps a tern. Nothing doing there but I was very surprised to find this adult Snow Goose among the Slaty-backed and Black-tailed Gulls.
A scarce and local passage visitor to Hokkaido (usually in the east): I saw a small flock in Onuma last year and this was only the second time I’d seen this species in Japan.
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.
The more photogenic adults didn’t come as close…………….
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.
This miserable looking White-fronted Goose was standing in the pouring rain in a car park next to the beach this afternoon.
A very very dark Sunday with torrential rain but I did notice a flock of 15 White-fronted Geese in the fields outside town. Terrible photo but a bit of a surprise to find them. Very early for this species, a winter visitor, it was 32 degrees just 3 or 4 days ago!
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.