There were about 50 Crossbills in a loose jumpy flock. Only Common Crossbills: no Two-barreds among them sadly.
The Crossbills out east were tamer than last week………….
But not that tame yet.
It was sunny out east yesterday and there were a few Crossbills around. Not as tame as last winter. Not yet anyway…………
Also around were Rustic Bunting, Steller’s and White-tailed Eagles and the usual common gulls and ducks.
I’ve just had 8 days off in what is usually the best birding time of the year. The last day, today, was very dark and rainy. All shots are with high ISOs and low shutter speeds.
2020 wasn’t a vintage year birds in for Golden Week: let’s hope things improve as May progresses.
This afternoon we were on one of the capes east of town. As well as the resident woodpeckers there were a few migrants around including this bedraggled looking Siberian Rubythroat. Not a great photo but one of my 2 favourite passerine species.
I photograph this species every summer on its breeding grounds in north Hokkaido. Will I be able to get up there this summer with all this Covid19 chaos? This might be the only shot I get in 2020.
My other favourite passerine species is Common Crossbill and there were 3 of them at the cape too. Not often I see both species on the same day in the same place. In fact maybe today was a first in that regard.
Again, a lousy photo after the glut of Crossbills I had earlier this year. But this species occurs very erratically so I don’t know when the next shot will be.
The Crossbills seemed to have thinned out in Hakodate and Oshamanbe but we found a flock yesterday next to another port.
There were some Siskins in amongst them too.
Other stuff around included Redpoll, Osprey, my first Eastern Marsh Harriers and Oriental Turtle Doves of the year plus the usual common ducks and gulls. No Eagles anywhere…………
These were from a few days ago…………
Some more Crossbills from my walks around town last week…………..
One of the ladies drinking on her own…………….
I hate to say it but all this Corona downtime has left me lots of time with the Crossbills in Hakodate……..like these 2 males coming down for a drink.
The last photos of the Crossbills at Oshamanbe, these are from the start of last week.
My favourite bird species and I never tire of them (you may have noticed).
These ones were especially tame and I had my 500mm lens with me too.
In case you’re in lockdown and not tired of Crossbills…………
You may have noticed I’ve posted loads of Crossbill shots lately. Most of them were from Oshamanbe 2 weeks ago but 1 week ago we went and the same group was in the same place……….
They are everywhere this year, I have tons of shots from Hakodate to sort through too.