We saw 3 species of Egret today. Great Egrets are pretty common in Hokkaido but the above Little Egret, whilst not rare, is much less numerous. I also found an Intermediate Egret but no Cattle Egret to make the full set. The latter 3 species are all ‘overshoot’ visitors and are usually seen in spring and early summer.
Other stuff today included lots of Grey-tailed Tattler and Ruddy Turnstone on the coast, a lone Red-necked Pharalope, the first Black-browed Reed Warbler of the summer, Wryneck, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Osprey, White’s Thrush and Falcated Duck.
Coronavirus has decimated my work schedule. This is not a good thing but I have some time off and fuel for the car is very cheap at least.
We were up in Oshamanbe. Not much around: the Dunlin flock hasn’t headed north yet and there was an injured Black Scoter in the same port.
At Yakumo there were still lots of ducks around including Falcated Duck. A flock of 17 Red-necked Stint were at the rivermouth and there were also Kentish Plover and the Eurasian Spoonbill was still present in the morning at least. I think I saw the same individual again later in Oshamanbe, high in the sky. When we passed Yakumo again later in the day it wasn’t there anyway.
Most interesting bird of the day was an Eastern Yellow Wagtail of the macronyx subspecies at Yakumo.