More Pharalopes

Red-necked Pharalope

Another typhoon is approaching and it brought more Red-necked Pharalopes. This time in Hakodate………..

Red-necked Pharalope

There were 3 of them as well as 1 Terek Sandpiper, a dozen or so Red-necked Stint, a couple of Common Sandpiper and a lone Eurasian Oystercatcher. They were all very skittish. Except the Pharalopes.

Red-necked Pharalope

Pharalopes

Red-necked Pharalope

There were some Red-necked Pharalopes around yesterday: 7 at Yakumo and 3 at Oshamanbe.

Red-necked Pharalope

They were a variety of ages and plumages…………..

Red-necked Pharalope

Must have been rough out at sea for them…………

Other waders around included small flocks of Red-necked Stints, 5 Sanderling, 2 Terek Sandpiper, 1 Kentsish Plover, 2 or 3 Mongolian Plover and 1 Great Knot.

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover

One of the few breeding wader species near Hakodate is Kentish Plover. They nest on some of the local beaches and around now the eggs are hatching.

Not much around last weekend: a couple of stray Goldeneye, Osprey, Goosander. Near my apartment the Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler has stopped singing (I guess a lone male that has given up and moved elsewhere) but a Black-browed Reed Warbler continues trilling away and the bushes are full of the sounds of Chestnut-cheeked Starlings feeding their fledglings.

Quiet end to Spring

Lesser Sand Plover

Well that was a pretty slow spring. No rarities and even the common stuff passed straight through. The weather was just too nice………….

The only waders around at the weekend were Lesser Sand Plover near town, lots of Grey-tailed Tattler everywhere and Dulin and Turnstone at Oshamanbe where there were also 6 species of Gull around including a Black-legged Kittiwake. Rhinoceros Auklet were offshore at Kaminokuni and Hakodate and Black-browed Reed Warbler, Siberian Blue Robin and Japanese Robin put in their first appearances of 2019.

Grey-tailed Tattler

Still slow

Grey-tailed Tattler

Spring migration is still very slow. The calm sunny weather over the last couple of weeks might have meant most of the migrants have passed straight through. Today near my apartment there was a lone Asian Brown Flycatcher and yesterday in the west of town there were 2 Grey-tailed Tattler, 1 Brent Goose, I Goosander, 1 Wigeon and 1 Vega Gull.

I’ve also done something to my leg/back that is making walking difficult. It’s been present on and off for several weeks now. Probably sciatica and hopefully time will heal it…………..

Golden Week 2019 #6

Dunlin

The Dunlin flock north of Yakumo were still around on Monday and in summer plumage too.

Dunlin

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.

Dunlin