24 May 2017

It's over again............


Well the spring migration season for 2017 has just about run its course..............

Just the summer residents showing now on the river near my flat.


23 May 2017

18 May 2017

A Falcated Duck


A drake Falcated Duck was a nice find yesterday near my apartment...........


15 May 2017

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


May 15th 2014.

An immature Hooded Crane near Oshamanbe 3 years ago today.

This was a nice find but was not such a big surprise: we'd seen one the previous autumn in Yakumo and presumably this was the same individual. It occurs in large flocks in the deep south of Japan but in Hokkaido it is a bit of a rarity...............

14 May 2017

Ashy Minivet


Not a very good photo but it is a bird I've never photographed before. A female Ashy Minivet at Onuma today.............

This is scarce in Hokkaido but a fairly common summer visitor further south in Japan, Only the 3rd time I've seen one and just the 2nd one I've seen in Hokkaido.

After several weeks of very clear weather we had a nasty dark cold windy rainy day, it was bound to happen.

13 May 2017

On this day (May 13th)..................


May 13th 2013.

A Grey Bunting in a local park 4 years ago today. This is a passage migrant locally but is generally skulking and confined to dark corners of quiet forests. It was great to see one out in the open and relatively tame too.

In mid May 2013 there was a truly great week or so when migrants were everywhere in town and this was the beginning. I don't know why but whatever the reason it hasn't happened again since.

11 May 2017

Lords of the flies


Red-cheeked Starlings were feasting on flies earlier this week.....................


10 May 2017

On this day (May 10th).................


May 10th 2013..................

A Black-winged Stilt in a local park 4 years ago today.

Not a rare bird as such in Hokkaido, I see them most springs these days but it was unusually tame and also very odd to see it in the park...........no water to speak of (or none shallow enough to wade in) and full of people looking at the cherry blossoms. It stayed about a week though................

9 May 2017

On this day (May 9th)..................


May 9th 2012.

A Narcissus Flycatcher in one of the local parks 5 years ago today.

This is one of the most attractive of the local summer visitors and on this day I got it doing something interesting and with a nice background to boot..........................

They haven't visited the local parks much the last 2 or 3 springs (or maybe I just missed them), I haven't seen any in town this year at all.

8 May 2017

Another lifer.................


It's a crap heavily cropped record shot but it shows a new bird for me: a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper this morning near Yakumo.

This species had evaded me for a long time, it's not especially rare in Japan but suitable habitat for this and several other freshwater waders is not so easy to find near Hakodate.

It was with a Black-winged Stilt, 2 Greenshank and a Wood Sandpiper. Before I could get closer they were scared off  by a Hobby.

Also around were Japanese Sparrowhawk, Great, Little and Intermediate Egrets, Grey-tailed Tattler, Asian Brown Flycatcher, White-fronted Goose, Narcissus Flycatcher, Japanese Thrush, Shoveler and the usual common stuff............

5 May 2017

A Tattler


A Grey Tailed Tattler this afternoon...................but not much else of note at Kamiiso.

Still a bit slow migration-wise. 1 Eastern Crowned Warbler and 1 Wryneck only on the river.

Probably lots of migrants will pass through en masse next week when my work schedule is busy again.

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


May 5th 2011.

A Red-rumped Swallow near my place 6 years ago today.

This is the rarest of the 4 hirundine species to be found in Hokkaido and that morning I was surprised to see several of them over the local river. I've seen them a couple of times since but they remain a bit of a local rarity....................
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