A morning next to a car park

Siberian Rubythroat

We spent one night in the car near Tomakomai. The car park, next to a busy-ish road, was adjacent to some grassland. There were lots of birds around in the early morning including several Siberian Rubythroat.

Siberian Rubythroat

The Tomakomai area must be right on the southern limit of this species range in Japan (they don’t breed near Hakodate).

Siberian Rubythroat

This one was singing on an old electrical wire next to a railway line.

More birds in the drizzle

Narcissus Flycatcher

Not a vintage day for photos but there were plenty of the common summer visitors in the park at least.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

The Siberian Rubythroat from last week was surprisingly still around. Assuming it’s the same one of course………

Siberian Rubythroat

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.

Another Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Also in the park was this male Siberian Rubythroat. Unlike the Narcissus Flycatchers this was just passing through………..

Siberian Rubythroat
Siberian Rubythroat

Also around in the same park the last couple of days were: Oriental Cuckoo, Narcissus and Asian Brown Flycatchers, Wryneck, 3 other woodpecker species including Grey-headed, Olive-backed Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Hawfinch, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Dusky, Brown-headed and Japanese Thrushes, Common Crossbill, Russet Sparrow, Varied and Coal Tits……………etc.

A rainy end to a week-off

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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.

Siberian Rubythroat

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.

Common Crossbill

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.