A quiet end to January

Eastern Buzzard

Not a Rough-legged sadly…

Heavy snow and very low temperatures have restricted my birding the last couple of weeks. Today we headed east where the snowfall is usually much less but even there it was piled high. Not a vintage day for photos.

A bit quiet birding wise. A flock of Japanese Waxwing flew over (with one pixel-peeped Bohemian) and the local Steller’s was around.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Amongst the Carrion and Large-billed Crows in the port I was surprised to see this first winter Rook. This is a winter visitor only here and is usually found in large skittish flocks in agricultural fields. Strange to see a lone one poking around in the fish scraps.

Rook

A flyby

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Not a vintage winter for the eagles but there’s still always the chance for a nice BIF or 2…

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Bird of the day was a Rough-legged Buzzard (possibly 2 actually) but too far off for any photos. Hopefully there will be a bit of an influx of them…

The eagles will have to do for now.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

First outing of 2023

Peregrine

Very heavy snow kept us indoors for the first 4 days of the year. It was snowing again this morning but we headed east where mysteriously everywhere was almost snowfree…

On this particular cape there were almost no birds except this Peregrine.

Peregrine

The local Steller’s flew by the port but I wasn’t really ready when it did.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

Back

Steller’s Sea Eagle

The local Steller’s is back.

Steller’s Sea Eagle

You can’t see it from these pics but it’s right eye looked damaged (it wasn’t yellow). Its right eye was OK last year. I’m assuming it’s the same bird that winters in this place every year but who knows?

Steller’s Sea Eagle