A very quiet day locally on Sunday. Only Sanderlings to photograph.
The Sanderlings were very tame.
The Sanderlings were in the same place, which we visited right at the end of the trip.
Also around were a few Red-necked Stint, a lone Dunlin and Grey-tailed Tattler, a flock of Kentish Plover, a couple of Mongolian Plover and a Common Ringed Plover which despite its name is a scarce bird in Japan.
Most of the flock seemed to be adults in winter plumage, or already moulted juveniles but the above bird is in full juvenile regalia I think.
Last March, when I was checking a new location for me, I found a flock of Sanderlings, a bird I’d never seen in winter before. I guessed maybe they overwinter every year.
Today in the same place I found a flock of the same species. Have they returned for the winter?
By far the commonest small wader, Red-necked Stints are everywhere in August………..
This tame flock were mainly juveniles I think.
We found some very tame Reed-necked Stints in the corner of one of the ports…………..
There were about 30 or 40 of them with a lone Dunlin.
We were watching a family of foxes and parked next to the road. Just outside the car window was a small tree with several common species on it………………
Stupid frickin’ branches……………
Not so many species but a lot of waders passing through with most of them being Grey-tailed Tattlers: the default medium-sized shorebird of the region.
Most of the seaducks have left the ports and are either offshore or gone back north. There were a few Black Scoters close inshore and a few Stejneger’s always just out of camera range.
Most interesting duck was the above American Wigeon (in terrible light) and a flock of Falcated Duck (also out of camera range).
Some staples from this time of year. It’s been a fairly quiet week………….