2021 Late Winter Trip #3

White-tailed Eagle

The 2nd day of our trip was very sunny and although there were quite a few interesting birds I couldn’t get many good photos. We stayed around the coast between Yufutsu and Mukawa. Stuff around included White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagle, Japanese Crane, and various common winter ducks and gulls.

Unlike around Hakodate, there didn’t seem to be many winter passerines except for several flocks of Eurasian Siskin.

Eurasian Siskin

There were groups of Whooper Swan and a few geese flying around: both Taiga Bean and Greater White-fronted.

White-fronted Goose

Some other small birds

Rustic Bunting

In among the Crossbills (and Redpolls) were other winter passerines……….

Bullfinch

Also around were Hawfinch, Brambling as well as various tits and woodpeckers, Eurasian Jay and Dusky Thrush.

Dusky Thrush

Several White-tailed and at least 3 (!) Steller’s Sea Eagles were in the Esan area in addition to Eastern Buzzard, Peregrine and 2 Mountain Hawk-Eagles too.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle