A rainy Sunday

Black-crowned Night Heron

Sunday was a bit of a write-off because of the weather.

The Night Herons were still outside town as well as a few Pintail and a lone Osprey. In town last week near my apartment there were more Night Herons as well as Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown Dipper, Varied Tit and Bull-headed Shrike.

Still warm, quite looking forward to the first chilly morning of the season…………

A quiet end to summer

Black-crowned Night Heron

Summer is over, officially I guess. Heavy rain from the typhoon outside now but yesterday we were up in Yakumo/Oshamanbe. Lots of Great Egret around, Eastern Buzzards everywhere, small flocks of Common Teal and Pintail, the last flocks of hirundines at rivermouths: all signs of autumn.

Other stuff around included Peregrine, Osprey, Common Kingfisher and a handful of waders: 2 Red-necked Stint, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

The above Night Heron was near Hakodate, not a vintage day for photos.

The default one

I had a spare afternoon and checked out one of the local beaches. No car today so I had to take the train and lighter shorter lens.

Not much around: just a handful of Red-necked Stint, by far the commonest autumn shorebird in these parts.

Last week near my apartment there were a couple of Black-crowned Night Herons in the riverside vegetation and a few Asian Brown Flycatcher flitting around in the trees……………

A Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Very hot weather returned this weekend, somewhat surprisingly. It was even hotter than the hot spell last month.

It was hard work looking for waders on the beaches in such hot weather but I did find this Marsh Sandpiper just outside Hakodate yesterday.

Marsh Sandpiper

I saw loads of these in Hong Kong last spring but in Hokkaido they aren’t very numerous: I’ve seen them here maybe half a dozen times in all.

Marsh Sandpiper

Not much else around………….just a couple of Grey-tailed Tattler and a small flock of Red-necked Stint.

At Yakumo today it was even hotter and there were more waders around: several Common Greenshank, a small flock of Whimbrel with a couple of Eastern Curlew. 3 or 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, several Common Sandpiper, flocks of Mongolian Plover and Red-necked Stint, a lone Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Terek Sandpiper and best of all a lone Temincks Stint, a lifer for me. Sadly only the lowest quality record shots survived the cull.

Other stuff around included lots of Great Egret, the first autumn flocks of Common Teal, Osprey, Peregrine, Pacific Swift and all 3 hirundine species and a singing Black-browed Reed Warbler (!).

Night Herons

Black-crowned Night Heron

In late summer Black-crowned Night Herons gather in the trees near one of the local rivermouths……….

Black-crowned Night Heron

In a few weeks they will be heading south…………..

Black-crowned Night Heron

These are all juvenile birds: the adults generally scoot off before I can get a shot.

Winter returnees

Black-necked Grebe

The first ‘winter’ visitors of the year appeared the last week. The above Black-necked Grebe was near Hakodate and the Glaucous-winged Gull below was at Yakumo.

Glaucous-winged Gull

Other stuff around in the last week included lots of Osprey, a single White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo, Great Egret…………

Waders included Red-necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Sand Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Greenshank and Eastern Curlew. No photos though.

More Pharalopes

Red-necked Pharalope

Another typhoon is approaching and it brought more Red-necked Pharalopes. This time in Hakodate………..

Red-necked Pharalope

There were 3 of them as well as 1 Terek Sandpiper, a dozen or so Red-necked Stint, a couple of Common Sandpiper and a lone Eurasian Oystercatcher. They were all very skittish. Except the Pharalopes.

Red-necked Pharalope

More Ospreys

Osprey

Very hot and humid the last couple of weeks…………

I’ve been pretty lazy and not gone out much. Today there were Osprey just outside town and at Kikonai there were Common Kingfisher, all 3 hirundine species and Pacific Swift but not much else. At Kamiiso there were Japanese Green Pigeon, 2 Terek Sandpiper and several Goosander. Last week at Yakumo there were a few Wood Sandpiper but other wise it was pretty quiet.

Roll on Autumn.

Osprey

Midsummer

Osprey

The Ospreys are doing well. We saw them at many sites today…………….

Osprey

2 youngsters were in the nest on the west coast and there seemed to be a couple of juvenile birds flying near Hakodate.

Other species around today included Wryneck and Lesser Cuckoo. A Black-headed Gull and female Goldeneye were near Hakodate, the last stragglers of winter.