This miserable looking White-fronted Goose was standing in the pouring rain in a car park next to the beach this afternoon.
A very very dark Sunday with torrential rain but I did notice a flock of 15 White-fronted Geese in the fields outside town. Terrible photo but a bit of a surprise to find them. Very early for this species, a winter visitor, it was 32 degrees just 3 or 4 days ago!
Some more photos of the White-fronted Geese flock from a few days ago……….
Not great photos but you can see the Cackling Geese in amongst the White-fronted Geese in these pics……….
There were at least 3, maybe 4 of them.
The big goose flock was still near Onuma yesterday.
I wanted to get some Cackling Goose pics (there are a few in among all the White-fronted Geese). You can see a couple resting here (the ones with the black heads and white cheeks).
They weren’t the only flocks around that location. Lots of swans of course but also this group of 100 or so Common Redpoll.
On Monday morning we went back to Onuma to check the huge geese/swan flocks.
But it was foggy……………
Some of them were resting on the lake.
Also around were lots of ducks including large numbers of Pintail, 2 Steller’s Sea Eagle, 1 White-tailed Eagle, several Great Egret and a pair of Japanese Wagtail.
The geese were in the middle of a big field so BIF shots only………..
A few did fly by reasonably close………..
I don’t know why there are so many geese this year. I’ve seen huge numbers in the skies above town the last week or two. And the numbers in Onuma yesterday were unprecedented………..
This is the commonest goose in Japan. I see quite a few very year but 2020 is a bumper year for them.
There were absolutely loads of geese in the ricefields near Onuma on Sunday. Several thousand White-fronted Geese……….
There were a few Bean Geese among them and 4 Cackling Geese too.
Never seen this many geese since the last time I went to Martinmere in winter many years ago.
The ricefields near Onuma had some visitors stopping by on their way north……..
Bean and White-fronted Geese, Bewick’s and Whooper Swans……….
Terrible day for photos but some interesting species around: Smew, Grey-headed Woodpecker, White-tailed and Steller’s Sea Eagles as well as the usual common stuff.
White-fronted Geese pass through south Hokkaido all the way through spring. Today there was a flock of 40 or so of them at Yakumo…………….