‘Tis the Season for Stonechats…………..
A typical sight in early June is when the Stonechats suddenly become very tame and don’t fly away. They must have young in the nest nearby. I fire off a few shots and then leave them to it………..
In addition to the Rubythroats there were many birds……………..
Middendorf’s, Lanceolated and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Northern Hobby, White-tailed Eagle, Sand Martin, Northern Hobby, Latham’s Snipe, Wryneck, Long-tailed Rosefinch…………………and these 2 common species.
Common they may be but I still enjoy taking photos of them.
Judging by the behaviour of various Stonechat pairs at Yakumo the young must be just about ready to hatch………..
This is an abundant summer visitor and is everywhere in grassland/farmland areas……….
Well the spring migration season is over. Just common bird around now.
The common bird are still reasonably interesting: Wryneck, Oriental Honey Buzzard, various brownish warblers………..
And lots of Stonechats of course.
These are 2 common species which were both present on the Ohotsku grasslands although in slightly smaller numbers than down near Hakodate.
Some other commn birds from Kiritappu. Common Reed Buntings were singing all over the place and up above Pacific Swifts were hawking……….
Offshore were Specatcled Guiilemot and Rhinoceros Auklet, several White-tailed Eagles were in the area and the usual common Hokkaido summer birds like Siberian Stonechat were present.
Latham’s Snipe were displaying above our campsite and at night you could hear the strange calls of Laech’s Petrels coming ashore……………
A Siberian Stonechat in Hakodate a couple of days ago. On the same patch of waster ground there were also Chestnut-eared and Common Reed Bunting as well as Rhinoceros Auklet offsore.
Siberian Stonechats (sometimes split as Stenjeger’s Stonechat) are one of the commonest summer visitors and on the grasslands they are abundant at this time of year.
The young have just left the nest and the adults tanely sit atop bushes and reeds watching over them. Very easy to photograph………..
A male Blue Rock Thrush to the west of town yesterday. Summer is starting and just the breeders remain now. Other noteworthy species around included Kentish Plover and a few Rhinoceros Auklet close inshore chasing the sardines. Not quite close enough for any decent photos although one did pop very briefly nearby the port.
Otherwise just the regular summer stuff around: Reed and Chestnut-eared Buntings, Oriental Reed Warblers and lots of Siberian Stonechats.