More shots of the Intermediate Egret at Yakumo earlier in the week………
As with the Spoonbill, the 2 egret species from mid-May were still around at Yakumo.
I even managed a shot of them together. Shame it was such a grey day.
Other stuff around included Dollarbird again, Oriental Honey Buzzard ,Red-necked Stint, Mongolian Plover, Wryneck, Osprey, Falcated Duck, Common Kingfisher and the usual common stuff.
2 very dark rainy days have just passed and we spent an hour or so each day looking for passage waders in the rice padis. Not a single one except for a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (which breed there anyway).
The only noteworthy species was the above Intermediate Egret which was right by the side of the road.
Not a vintage Golden Week for birds. Despite fine weather and lots of time off and traveelling around SW Hokkaido I didn’t see anything particularly rare or unusual. Yakumo still had plenty of wildfowl on the 4th/6th including Garganey, Falcated Duck and White-fronted Geese and both species of Scoter were offshore at Oshamanbe. Other summer visitors to arrrive included Oriental Reed Warbler, Brown-headed Thrush and Oriental Cuckoo. On passage there were lots of Dusky Thrush and a nice male Rustic Bunting (at Yakumo) but not much else.
The above Intermediate Egret was at Yakumo. All 3 species of commoner egret weer evident across the region at the weekend: this is the scarcest of the 3.