A Slavonian Grebe west of Hakodate yesterday. It was the first time in a while I’d been out that way. Nothing especially noteworthy: Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, lots of ducks and gulls, a lone Common Redpoll, a group of 9 Great Egret………
I took a quick look in one of the local ports this morning and it was pretty quiet. A lone Black-necked Grebe, a single Black Scoter and a flock of Common Gulls were the only noteworthy species……….
Waders are pretty thin on the ground in Hokkaido in winter. The above Kentish Plover, near Hakodate today, is one of the few shorebird species around in the colder months and even this one is pretty scarce.
The ports are beginning to fill up with birds……….
East of town there were 2 or 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe and small flocks of Wigeon and Scaup.
Black-necked Grebes are very common here in winter and most ports seem to have a few in them until early April.
Great Egrets are common autumn visitors (with some remaining through winter). All the local rivers have several: the above individual was just outside Hakodate yesterday.
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…………