East Hokkaido September Trip #2

Brown Dipper

Shiretoko was not very birdy this trip: we saw a few common species such as Brown Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Black and Grey-headed Woodpecker, Japanese Green Pigeon, Eurasian Jay, White-tailed Eagle and Long-tailed Rosefinch.

On the way east we passed numerous Japanese Cranes feeding in the farmland. Harsh light is never good for white birds and these were feeding on a huge pile of manure to boot.

Japanese Crane

The way home

Brown Dipper

A Brown Dipper on the way back from our short camping week earlier this week.

Other stuff we saw were Grey-tailed Tattler, Osprey and Oriental Honey Buzzard. Black-browed Reed Warblers have arrived en masse and there were also quite a few singing Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler too (including one near my apartment).

Nearer home the only thing of interest was this lone Little Egret looking miserable in the rain (one of only 2 rainy days all month).

Little Egret