Winter Waders

Dunlin

Not many shorebirds in Hokkaido in winter. Oshamambe does have a regular wintering flock of Dunlin however.

Dunlin

They originate from Kamchatka in northeast Siberia. A ringed bird appeared for 6 consecutive winters but I couldn’t find it last weekend.

Dunlin

Only a handful of eagles left now. Stejneger’s Scoter and Red-necked Grebe were the most noteworthy other species around but they were miles away offshore……………

An unexpected day-off

Dunlin

Coronavirus has decimated my work schedule. This is not a good thing but I have some time off and fuel for the car is very cheap at least.

We were up in Oshamanbe. Not much around: the Dunlin flock hasn’t headed north yet and there was an injured Black Scoter in the same port.

Black Scoter

At Yakumo there were still lots of ducks around including Falcated Duck. A flock of 17 Red-necked Stint were at the rivermouth and there were also Kentish Plover and the Eurasian Spoonbill was still present in the morning at least. I think I saw the same individual again later in Oshamanbe, high in the sky. When we passed Yakumo again later in the day it wasn’t there anyway.

Most interesting bird of the day was an Eastern Yellow Wagtail of the macronyx subspecies at Yakumo.

Golden Week 2019 #6

Dunlin

The Dunlin flock north of Yakumo were still around on Monday and in summer plumage too.

Dunlin

Not many waders around this Golden Week though: 1 Mongolian Plover, and several small flocks of Grey-tailed Tattler were the only passage shorebirds around and there were the breeders: Latham’s Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Little-ringed Plover.

Dunlin