Some more Sanderlings

Sanderling

I think Sanderling was the first shorebird I positively identified. I must have been about 11 or 12 (?) and I remember seeing this small white wader running around on Blackpool Beach on a cold wintry day. Afterward I went to my Great-aunt’s house nearby and she had a copy of ‘The Hamlyn Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe’ and I found the Sanderling in there looked just like the one I’d seen earlier.

And here we are 40 years later.

Sanderling
Sanderling

A quiet Sunday on the beach

Sanderling

It’s been a bit of a lazy last few weeks. The weather has been either unbearably hot or very stormy. Not many birds around either.

There were some Sanderlings near Yakumo yesterday. A common enough bird at this time of year but one of my personal favourites. It was an overcast windy, humid day and not great for photos.

Sanderling
Sanderling

Another quiet week

Black-crowned Night Heron

Another quiet week just gone by.

At Yakumo today there were a couple of interesting waders: a Teminck’s Stint and a Green Sandpiper. I don’t have any decent shots of either and they were both so jumpy I couldn’t get any today either.

On the beach there were a few Sanderlings and the ubiquitous Red-necked Stints.

Red-necked Stint

A long one

Common Kingfisher

This Kingfisher at Yakumo caught an odd-looking fish.

Common Kingfisher

It took it a couple of minutes to swallow it………….

Common Kingfisher

It was a dark, wet humid day. The wader passage has started at least: 1 Mongolian Plover, 1 Kentish Plover, 6 Grey-tailed Tattler, 2 Terek Sandpiper and 2 Red-necked Stint. The first Black-headed Gulls are passing through too.

The second half begins

Common Kingfisher

July begins………….and another dark overcast Sunday.

Common Kingfisher

July is generally the worst birding month in south Hokkaido. Most stuff is still singing at least. These Kingfishers were the only notable shots from today. 2 Oystercatcher were in Kamiiso a couple of days ago. The terns were no longer at Yakumo but the Ospreys were diving and a few intersting species were around at various locales: Japanese Green Pigeon, Sand Martin, Japanese Grosbeak and the usual common stuff.

Common Kingfisher