A familiar sight

Black-necked Grebe

The ports are beginning to fill up with birds……….

East of town there were 2 or 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe and small flocks of Wigeon and Scaup.

Black-necked Grebes are very common here in winter and most ports seem to have a few in them until early April.

Winter returnees

Black-necked Grebe

The first ‘winter’ visitors of the year appeared the last week. The above Black-necked Grebe was near Hakodate and the Glaucous-winged Gull below was at Yakumo.

Glaucous-winged Gull

Other stuff around in the last week included lots of Osprey, a single White-tailed Eagle at Yakumo, Great Egret…………

Waders included Red-necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Sand Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Greenshank and Eastern Curlew. No photos though.

Some spring Grebes

Black-necked Grebe

There were 7 Black-necked Grebes in one of the loacl ports this afternoon and some were well into their summer plumage……….

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe

This is a common enough local species that I often photograph and they look great at this time of year. Also around were 2 Great-crested Grebe, 6 species of gull including Glaucous Gull and my first Little-ringed Plover of the year.

Calm Reflections

Black-necked Grebe

I was in the area to photograph raptors but the port to the east of town often has interesting species to check when the eagles are not doing anything. Today there was a pair of Black-necked Grebes.

Black-necked Grebe

The port was a bit busy with fishing boats coming and going all the time. Add in the calm seas and there wasn’t much else about.

Other species around were Yellow-throated Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret, Harlequin Duck and Red-breasted Merganser.

Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

A Black-necked Grebe this afternoon in one of the ports to the east of town. This is a common winter visitor and shares the ports with a variety of species. Today there were Goldeneye only but nearby were Brent Goose, Harlequin Duck, Whooper Swan, 8 species of gull including Glaucous and Glaucous-winged. huge flocks of Common Gull with a few Black-legged Kittiwake mixed in, a lone White-tailed Eagle and a single Peregrine.