A Slavonian Grebe west of Hakodate yesterday. It was the first time in a while I’d been out that way. Nothing especially noteworthy: Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, lots of ducks and gulls, a lone Common Redpoll, a group of 9 Great Egret………
Slavonian Grebes are not so numerous in SW Hokkaido but are certainly not rare……………..
The least numerous species appears to be Red-necked Grebe and there were none of that species in the port with the other 3 grebes in Oshamanbe.
Unlike the similar-looking Black-necked Grebes, Slavonian Grebes are almost always alone, never occurring in flocks. In Oshamanbe there were several Black-neckeds but only 1 Slav.
They also seem to dive longer than Black-neckeds.
A very tame Slavonian Grebe at Oshamanbe……..
Some common winter port birds from Oshamanbe today.
A Slavonian Grebe to the west of town this afternoon. This is a fairly common winter visitor although it occurs in far fewer numbers than the similar Black-necked Grebe.
Only common stuff around in the same area: the most noteworthy species were Whooper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret and Black Scoter. Last weekend’s cold snap brought a few flocks of Dusky Thrush to town but nothing more interesting. Yet.