I had a quick walk around the block this afternoon: not much around. A few Eastern Great and Varied Tits, 20 or so Dusky Thrush and this lone Pygmy.
I’ve been walking around the neighbourhood this week looking for Waxwings with no success. But I did see this juvenile/first-winter Goshawk nab a pigeon.
Annoyingly my R5 froze as it flew off (this happens occasionally: very frustrating for such an expensive camera). Maybe it made no difference as the AF on my ancient 100-400L M1 is very sluggish on the R5.
Also around were Eastern Buzzard, Winter Wren, 10 or so Dusky Thrush, a male Goosander and this Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker in the local park.
Still really mild. We were out east today: a few interesting things around but not great for photography. The above Peregrine posed nicely and there were also several White-tailed Eagle around, a lone Mountain Hawk-Eagle and 000’s of Black-legged Kittiwakes offshore.
Here’s a common local species: you can see it’s a male by the red flash on its head.
In addition to the Siberian Blue Robin and various thrush species there were also several Narcissus Flycatcher, lots of Asian Brown Flycatcher and a lone Wryneck. Plus lots of common staples of a Hokkaido park………………
A Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker near my apartment today, not a bird i see so often in town.
Unlike Hawfinches in winter………..
And Great Egrets too…………
The Brambling flock was still around but otherwise still quiet.
Small birds have been very few and far between this winter. Just the resident species like this Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker on the cape at Esan.
Small birds continue to be scarce this winter. At least the residents are still here like this Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker on the east coast today.