Some swans from Onuma the other day………….
A Slavonian Grebe west of Hakodate yesterday. It was the first time in a while I’d been out that way. Nothing especially noteworthy: Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, lots of ducks and gulls, a lone Common Redpoll, a group of 9 Great Egret………
The big goose flock was still near Onuma yesterday.
I wanted to get some Cackling Goose pics (there are a few in among all the White-fronted Geese). You can see a couple resting here (the ones with the black heads and white cheeks).
They weren’t the only flocks around that location. Lots of swans of course but also this group of 100 or so Common Redpoll.
On Monday morning we went back to Onuma to check the huge geese/swan flocks.
But it was foggy……………
Some of them were resting on the lake.
Also around were lots of ducks including large numbers of Pintail, 2 Steller’s Sea Eagle, 1 White-tailed Eagle, several Great Egret and a pair of Japanese Wagtail.
Whilst it didn’t turn out to be the very rare Trumpeter Swan, the American race of Tundra Swan was pretty interesting to see.
There were huge numbers of Bewick’s Swans near Onuma, in addition to the huger numbers of White-fronted Geese.
This is only a passage visitor to Hokkaido. Whooper Swans are common here in winter (and there were plenty of those around too ) but Bewick7s are always worth a second look in Hokkaido.
Some more pics of the North American race of Tundra Swan from the other day at Onuma.
The geese were in the middle of a big field so BIF shots only………..
A few did fly by reasonably close………..
I don’t know why there are so many geese this year. I’ve seen huge numbers in the skies above town the last week or two. And the numbers in Onuma yesterday were unprecedented………..
This is the commonest goose in Japan. I see quite a few very year but 2020 is a bumper year for them.
There were absolutely loads of geese in the ricefields near Onuma on Sunday. Several thousand White-fronted Geese……….
There were a few Bean Geese among them and 4 Cackling Geese too.
Never seen this many geese since the last time I went to Martinmere in winter many years ago.
Oops. I thought I’d found a real rarity today at Onuma. This black-billed Swan was one of many Swans at Onuma today. I thought, wow……………….it’s a Trumpeter Swan. I even told some people there about it. And then I came home and double-checked the ID.
Oh no. It’s the North American race of Bewick’s Swan, sometimes called Whistling Swan. Cygnus columbianus columbianus. In my defence, I have no experience of this subspecies.
So if you are one of those Japanese birders I talked to today about the
ナキハクチョウ all I can say is sorry I made a mistake. It is a アメリカコハクチョウ. Still interesting but not as interesting as I’d thought.
Oh the shame.
The ricefields near Onuma had some visitors stopping by on their way north……..
Bean and White-fronted Geese, Bewick’s and Whooper Swans……….
Terrible day for photos but some interesting species around: Smew, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles as well as the usual common stuff.