Not a great photo but this was one of a flock of 40 or so Common Crossbill we saw today. I also saw 2 flocks of Waxwing (one group was Bohemian, not sure about the other one). These are not the first Crossbills or Waxwings I’ve seen this year: is early 2020 going to bring some interesting small birds? 2019 was very poor…………….
We were up north today checking one of the ports. The most interesting bird was a Black-throated Diver but it was too far away for a photo. There were the usual common ducks in the harbour though.
And a few gulls too.
Apart from the eagles birding was a bit quiet today. Glaucous and Glaucous-winged Gulls (above) were around as were Smew, Long-billed Plover, Great Egret, Eastern Buzzard, Black Scoter and the usual common winter birds of this part of the world.
The ports at Oshamanbe were on holiday and there were almost no people anywhere to be seen.
Small numbers of Dunlin were poking around among all the fishing machinery……..
Not much else in the ports except a few common ducks.
A Chestnut-eared Bunting from near Oshamanbe this morning. This is a common summer visitor and a frequently seen roadside bird…………….
Other stuff nearby included Oriental and Common Cuckoo, Black-browed Reed and Gray’s Grasshopper Warblers, Latham’s Snipe and Eastern Marsh Harrier.
A Brown Dipper on the way back from our short camping week earlier this week.
Other stuff we saw were Grey-tailed Tattler, Osprey and Oriental Honey Buzzard. Black-browed Reed Warblers have arrived en masse and there were also quite a few singing Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler too (including one near my apartment).
Nearer home the only thing of interest was this lone Little Egret looking miserable in the rain (one of only 2 rainy days all month).
A Red-throated Diver at Oshamanbe today. This is the first one I’ve ever photographed in summer plumage…………
There were several Red-necked Stints around today. this is the default small passage wader of Northeast Asia but in SW Hokkaido it is much commoner in autumn than spring. Sadly I don’t get to see them much in their breeding finery so it was nice to photograph this one up at Oshamanbe this morning………….
There were loads of Grey-tailed Tattlers around this Sunday. This is the default medium sized passage wader in Japan………
Theye were everywhere today. I checked them all for Wandering Tattlers (a scarce bird here and a would be lifer) but nothing doing there…….
The Dunlin flock north of Yakumo were still around on Monday and in summer plumage too.
Not many waders around this Golden Week though: 1 Mongolian Plover, and several small flocks of Grey-tailed Tattler were the only passage shorebirds around and there were the breeders: Latham’s Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Little-ringed Plover.