North Hokkaido 2019 #3

Chestnut-eared Bunting

On the other side of Mombetsu are 2 lakes: Komuke and Shibunotsunai. The former held 5 Japanese Crane and the latter had about 100 Greater Scaup. The narrow strips of land between these 2 lakes and the sea is very good for birding. White-tailed Eagle, Hobby, Japanese Green Pigeon, Eastern Marsh Harrier and many passerine species were present.

The above Chestnut-eared Bunting was there and was the only one seen on the trip: they seem far less numerous than down near Hakodate.

Chestnut-eared Bunting

Chestnut-eared Bunting

A Chestnut-eared Bunting from near Oshamanbe this morning. This is a common summer visitor and a frequently seen roadside bird…………….

Chestnut-eared Bunting

Other stuff nearby included Oriental and Common Cuckoo, Black-browed Reed and Gray’s Grasshopper Warblers, Latham’s Snipe and Eastern Marsh Harrier.

Chestnut-eared Bunting