A couple of lake birds

Little Grebe

A couple of typical summer birds in Onuma………….

Mandarin Ducks are very wary at Onuma and difficult to approach.

Mandarin Duck

Other stuff at Onuma the last few days included Latham’s Snipe, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Siberian Blue Robin, Eurasian Treecreeper, Eastern Crowned and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers, Japanese and Brown-headed Thrushes, Great Crested Grebe and Narcissus Flycatcher.

An unexpected day-off


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.

Black Scoter

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.

Spring moving


Not a vintage last few days for photos but a few interesting birds around at least: Black-winged Stilt, Green Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Kentish Plover, Shoveler, Gadwall, Great Egret, Pacific Swift, Wryneck, Red-flanked Bluetail, Red-cheeked Starling, Black-throated Diver, White-fronted Goose………..

Most interesting was this briefly seen Eurasian Spoonbill. Only the 5th one I’ve seen in Japan.

Eurasian Spoonbill

Lesser White-fronted Goose

Lesser White-fronted Goose

A lifer from this afternoon: 3 Lesser White-fronted Geese to the north of town.

There were lots of geese flying around. They all seemed to be Greater White-fronted Geese. I fired off some shots but got a bit bored (I was waiting in vain for a Lapwing, a scarce bird here, to come close). Then 3 flew right over me against a blue sky and I thought it might make a nice pic. Whilst waiting for the aforementioned Lapwing I checked the day’s photos so far and then I noticed the 3 yellow eye-rings and the 3 cute pink stubby bills.