The Fox cubs were still around and still cute but it’s gotten pretty warm the last couple of days and there were lots of mosquitoes around (you can see one on the nose of one of the cubs above): I think that may be the last time in Onuma for me for a while.
The fox family was still around yesterday. That was probably the last time I’ll see them……….
A couple of typical summer birds in Onuma………….
Mandarin Ducks are very wary at Onuma and difficult to approach.
Other stuff at Onuma the last few days included Latham’s Snipe, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Siberian Blue Robin, Eurasian Treecreeper, Eastern Crowned and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers, Japanese and Brown-headed Thrushes, Great Crested Grebe and Narcissus Flycatcher.
A dark grey rainy day in Onuma a couple of days ago but there was a bit of colour in the treetops……….
Japanese Green Pigeons are summer visitors to Hokkaido and their weird calls are a common sound in the forests.
I usually don’t see these in the trees much as they hide in the foliage. They are easiier to see when they come down to the sea to drink the saltwater.
Not particularly good photos but as I say i don’t often see them like this.
Admit it: they’re cute.
The Black-winged Stilts earlier in the week just before the sun went down…………
There was a family of 6 fox cubs at Onuma the last week…………..
The Black-winged Stilts were in a small padi in Onuma and surprisingly tame…………
There were 3 Black-winged Stilts in the padis near Onuma yesterday.
This species doesn’t breed in Hokkaido as far as I know but it is regular visitor in spring and is always nice to see.
Shovelers are a (slightly) scarce but regular passage migrant here so it was nice to find six of them at Onuma this afternoon.
A surprise visitor near Onuma and a lifer for me: a White-naped Crane.
This is a well-known winter visitor in southern Japan but is pretty rare in Hokkaido.
The thousands of White-fronted Geese at Onuma were very dramatic but there were also smaller groups of Bean Goose too.