15 December 2017

A snowy week


Not much in town this last week. A lot of snow fell on Tuesday but a big influx of birds never happened.

There were 3 Great Egrets on the river as well as Brown Dipper, a female Daurian Redstart and several Dusky Thrush. No Waxwings in town at all yet despite the berry laden trees everywhere.

On this day (December 15th)............................


December 15h 2013.

A Ural Owl at Onuma 4 years ago today. This was in one of 3 owl holes near the road............sadly all the trees have been blown down since then. I'm sure the owls are still there..................just not in trees facing the road anymore.

11 December 2017

A sleety Monday


A mild rainy Monday meant horrible light for photography..............


A lot of Kittiwakes..........


A lousy week weatherwise but on Sunday there were lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes out east..............


5 December 2017

On this day (December 5th)....................


December 5th 2014.

A female Merlin just outside town 3 years ago today. This is a regular winter visitor but usually we only see them flash by across the road and then disappear into the fields.............this one was obligingly atop a streetlight................

3 December 2017

A quiet start to December


It's been snowing a lot the last 2 days but there was a break this afternoon. No car today so I took a short walk down the river where I saw the above Great Egret.

I was hoping for some Waxwings but nothing doing there. Other stuff around included a few Dusky Thrush, a male Daurian Redstart, a lone Wren, a drake Goosander and a female Wigeon....................

30 November 2017

27 November 2017

26 November 2017

Another grey Sunday


Some Rooks just outside town this afternoon. A crappy picture but there was almost nothing to photograph today. Another grotty day...........all my days off seem to be blighted by nasty weather recently.

Not much around anywhere. Onuma was very quiet although 2 White-tailed Eagles were there: presumably the same pair that overwinter there every year. At Kamiiso the usual ducks and gulls were around but not much else...............

24 November 2017

A snowy Friday


A crappy record shot of a Japanese Waxwing just outside town this afternoon................

Not much else around: the usual ducks (about 12 species), gulls (6 or 7 species), Hawfinch and Great Egret etc. Nearer my flat this week there was a late Red-flanked Bluetail and a Brown Dipper but not much else............


20 November 2017

November blizzards...........


A load more snow today scuppered my plans to photograph the eagles up in Yakumo...................


19 November 2017

17 November 2017

A bit of sunshine


After some snow flurries yesterday it was clear and sunny for a couple of hours this afternoon.............


15 November 2017

13 November 2017

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