An influx

Black-winged Stilt

There seems to have been an influx of Black-winged Stilts into Hokkaido. I’ve seen them in 3 locations already this spring and I know of several other local sightings. Plus they’ve also been seen further north and south…

There were 2 at Yakumo the other day in beautiful afternoon light.

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Golden Week 2022 #5

Temminck’s Stint

A crappy record shot but only my 3rd ever sighting of Temminck’s Stint (and my first in breeding plumage). There were 2 of them at Yakumo. Other passage waders around the last couple of days included Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Pacific Golden Plover and Whimbrel.

At the same place as the stints were a fishing osprey and a calling Wryneck…

Osprey
Wryneck

A fifth time

Saunders’s Gull

Saunders’s Gull is rare in Hokkaido, this was only the 5th time I’ve seen one (and the 3rd at Yakumo). 4 of them have been in the same fortnight over the years (the last week of April or the first week of May). And 4 of them have been immature birds like this one…

Saunders’s Gull

It was tiny and very easy to pick out due to it tern-like flight.

Saunders’s Gull