Some more Narcissus Flcatchers from the forest pool…………..
Various common species also visted the pool: Eurasian Nutatch, Eastern Great, Coal, Marsh and Varied Tits and Japanese White-eyes. The latter species seem popular with some of the local photographers.
Eastern Crowned Warblers are the common phylloscopus breeders in Hokkaido. Another species, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler also breeds but seemingly not in the forests near this pool. This species, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, is a common passage migrant in late May/early June. It is part of the Arctic Warbler complex that was recently split into 3 species.
Not many visit the pool, just the few passage migrants that happen to be passing through that part of the forest I suppose.
Another common visitor to the pool was Eastern Crowned Warbler. Their songs could be heard everywhere in the forest.
Yet another forest skulker. Short-tailed Bush Warbler (also known as Asin Stubtail) are common summer visitors but are small unobtrusive birds that are easily overlooked.
Their song is so high pitched my 50 year old ears can’t hear it.
My personal favourite bird at the forest pool is Siberian Blue Robin. Another summer skulker. Several males showed up but only 1 female…………..
They look better against the forest plants than they do in the water………..
One of the commonest visitors to the pool were Narcisus Fycatcher. They often came together as pairs…………..the one below is a female.
Another difficult species to photograph is Grey Bunting. They occur in dark wet forests and tend to keep down in the long sasa grass.
A male visited the pool a couple of times………………
A male Japanese Thrush at a well-known forest pool near Tomakomai. This is a common summer visitor but is a shy forest dweller and is generally difficult to photograph. The male put in 2 appearances as did the female but even at the pool they are jumpy and don’t stick around for long.