I went to my fave local park late this afternoon. The light is much better in some spots than in the early morning but there weren’t many birds about. I did get my first narcissus Flycatcher of the year though.
The above Narcissus Flycatcher was perched in nice light away from the pool.
I’ve seen about 20 or so species at the pool including some dirt common ones………..
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………………
There seem to be absolutely loads of Narcissus Flycatchers this year. These were taken east of town this morning………………
A surprisingly cold day and not many birds around. We were hoping to relocate the Dollarbird but we couldn’t find it.
In a different place we found this tame Narcissus Flycatcher but it was just too dark for any decent pics today.
No new species of note but we spent another couple of hours in the same park this morning.
The male Rubythroat reappeared (or is it a different one?). It was very shy today though.
The Narcs were as conspicious as ever.
The park just outside town is a great place to take Narcissus Flycatcher pics………..
There must have been 5 or 6 singing males there.
Lots of thrushes the last couple of days. Only 1 Dusky but today there were several Eyebrowed Thrush passing through as well as the breeders like Japanese and Brown-headed Thrush.
I’ve seen or heard about 50 or 60 species in the park this last week or so. I’d never really been there in early spring before: what have I missed over the years?
Not a vintage day for photos but there were plenty of the common summer visitors in the park at least.
The Siberian Rubythroat from last week was surprisingly still around. Assuming it’s the same one of course………
Other stuff around included Eastern Crowned Warbler, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Japanese, Dusky and Brown-headed Thrushes, Hawfinch, Wryneck and Green Sandpiper.
We went to the west coast later: it was very windy and not many birds around although I got my first Eyebrowed Thrush, Terek Sandpiper and Rhinoceros Auklet of the year.
There were several singing Narcissus Flycatchers in the park just outside town……….
Some more Narcissus Flcatchers from the forest pool…………..
One of the commonest visitors to the pool were Narcisus Fycatcher. They often came together as pairs…………..the one below is a female.
A female and male Narcissus Flycatcher this morning at Onuma. Lots of summer visitors around today: Eastern-crowned Warbler, Asian Brown and Blue and white Flycatchers, Oriental Cuckoo, Japanese Thrush, Oriental Reed Warbler etc………