Midsummer has arrived. Birding is a little slow but the common birds are all still singing at least.
An overcast humid day saw us on the western coast. Among the more interesting stuff around was Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Peregrine, Osprey, Intermediate Egret, Rhinoceros Auklet, Great Crested Grebe, Japanese Green Pigeon and the usual common birds like this Siberian Meadow Bunting.
Both these Bunting species are summer visitors to Hokkaido. They occur in many habitats but both can often be found together on local capes and headlands.
These were on a cape on the west coast today. Other stuff around included Osprey, Peregrine, lots of Rhinoceros Auklet offshore, Blue Rock Thrush, Oriental Reed Warbler and 3 species of Cuckoo calling including several Lesser Cuckoo.
Oriental Reed Warblers are common summer visitors. There used to be 9 or 10 singing males on the river near my aprtment but I’ve only heard 2 this year (and they seem to have disappeared): more victims of the City tree felling policy I assume.
This bird was on the west coast today.
The Ospreys are doing well. We saw them at many sites today…………….
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.