A fruitless trip

White-tailed Eagle

We had a 3 day trip to the Mukawa area but it was very very flat for birds. A few White-tailed Eagles (like the one above) but no geese, hardly any winter gulls or ducks and no winter raptors except for a lone Merlin and Goshawk. neither of which posed for photos.

On the way back Yakumo was very quiet due to the lack of eagle food but there were a few eagles around at least.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Stupid frickin’ twigs.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

More car park birds

Stejneger’s Stonechat

In addition to the Rubythroats there were many birds……………..

Middendorf’s, Lanceolated and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Northern Hobby, White-tailed Eagle, Sand Martin, Northern Hobby, Latham’s Snipe, Wryneck, Long-tailed Rosefinch…………………and these 2 common species.

Black-browed Reed Warbler

A morning next to a car park

Siberian Rubythroat

We spent one night in the car near Tomakomai. The car park, next to a busy-ish road, was adjacent to some grassland. There were lots of birds around in the early morning including several Siberian Rubythroat.

Siberian Rubythroat

The Tomakomai area must be right on the southern limit of this species range in Japan (they don’t breed near Hakodate).

Siberian Rubythroat

This one was singing on an old electrical wire next to a railway line.