A walk along the river


I was surprised to see a pair of Hawfinch taking a bath in the river near my apartment…don’t really see this species much in summer.

There were other birds bathing too:

Chestnut-cheeked Starling

And using the river’s other facilities..

Barn Swallow

Other stuff around included lone singing Japanese Bush Warblers and Oriental Reed Warblers (both probably just passing through), Bull-headed Shrike, Asian House Martin and Masked Buntings.

Plus the usual…

Oriental Greenfinch

End of the blossoms

Red-cheeked Starling

With one thing and another it wasn’t really possible to photograph many birds in Goryokaku Park this spring. The park re-opened at least but unlike some previous springs there was very little of interest around. Lots of Red-cheeked Starlings walking around though: the cherry blossoms have all fallen as you can see.

Red-cheeked Starling

Golden Week 2019 #4

Chestnut-cheeked Starling

In the fishing ports local fishermen leave the nets out to dry. I guess the nets contain rotting seafood and in early May some kind of fly lay their eggs in the stinking netting and when the insects emerge they are food for any birds in the area.

Chestnut-cheeked Starlings are common summer visitors and flocks of them were feasting on the flies………..

Chestnut-cheeked Starling
Chestnut-cheeked Starling