Intermediate Egret

Intermediate Egret

2 very dark rainy days have just passed and we spent an hour or so each day looking for passage waders in the rice padis. Not a single one except for a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (which breed there anyway).

The only noteworthy species was the above Intermediate Egret which was right by the side of the road.

The other Sparrow

Russet Sparrow

There were lots of Russet Sparrows in the park.

The common urban sparrow in Japan is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow. This fills the same niche as House Sparrows do in Europe. Tree Sparrows in Europe are more birds of the woods and Russet Sparrows fill a similar niche here. Confused?

Russet Sparrow

Anyway it’s not a species I often photograph.

Russet Sparrow

Another morning in the park

Narcissus Flycatcher

The park just outside town is a great place to take Narcissus Flycatcher pics………..

There must have been 5 or 6 singing males there.

Narcissus Flycatcher

Lots of thrushes the last couple of days. Only 1 Dusky but today there were several Eyebrowed Thrush passing through as well as the breeders like Japanese and Brown-headed Thrush.

Eyebrowed Thrush

I’ve seen or heard about 50 or 60 species in the park this last week or so. I’d never really been there in early spring before: what have I missed over the years?

More birds in the drizzle

Narcissus Flycatcher

Not a vintage day for photos but there were plenty of the common summer visitors in the park at least.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

The Siberian Rubythroat from last week was surprisingly still around. Assuming it’s the same one of course………

Siberian Rubythroat

Other stuff around included Eastern Crowned Warbler, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Japanese, Dusky and Brown-headed Thrushes, Hawfinch, Wryneck and Green Sandpiper.

We went to the west coast later: it was very windy and not many birds around although I got my first Eyebrowed Thrush, Terek Sandpiper and Rhinoceros Auklet of the year.

Another Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Also in the park was this male Siberian Rubythroat. Unlike the Narcissus Flycatchers this was just passing through………..

Siberian Rubythroat
Siberian Rubythroat

Also around in the same park the last couple of days were: Oriental Cuckoo, Narcissus and Asian Brown Flycatchers, Wryneck, 3 other woodpecker species including Grey-headed, Olive-backed Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Hawfinch, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Dusky, Brown-headed and Japanese Thrushes, Common Crossbill, Russet Sparrow, Varied and Coal Tits……………etc.