14 December 2018
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10 December 2018
A Marsh Tit at Onuma this afternoon. Another cold snowy day added to a hospital visit in the morning meant not much birding. Other stuff at Onuma included Smew and the usual wildfowl, White-tailed Eagle, Great Egret and a male Black Woodpecker..........
After a very mild few weeks winter arrived with a flourish this weekend.
Labels: Marsh Tit
9 December 2018
Freezing temperatures, icy roads and blizzards hit Hakodate as winter belatedly showed its face..................
The above Whooper Swan was at Onuma. Not many birds around at all today: the most interesting were a couple of Yellow-throated Buntings. No rare ducks at Onuma: just lots of Mallard with a few Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Coot and Little Grebe. A couple of Great Egret were still around but the forest was very quiet.
Labels: Whooper Swan
6 December 2018
One of the Great Egrets near my apartment yesterday. Not many birds about at all. A female Goosander and the usual sparrows and crows................
It has turned cold finally and snow flurries were in the air today. Snow and freezing temperatures are forecast this weekend. Hopefully the birds will start moving............
5 December 2018
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29 November 2018
28 November 2018
A Great Egret on the river near my apartment yesterday afternoon. There are several at this time of year..............
I can remember being excited by seeing egrets of any kind. The first one I ever saw was this species: in California in 1981. My first in the UK was a Little Egret in 1987. I've seen loads around the world since then of course (and this species seems well established in the UK now) but they still seem exotic to me even now.
Not much else around. A lone female Goosander and 7 Black Kite. the latter is a very common bird in Japan but over the last few years they seem to have become much scarcer in the skies above town. These birds looked like they were heading south in what must surely be the last real mild weather of the season............
27 November 2018
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23 November 2018
November 23rd 2015.
A Lesser-spotted Woodpecker at Shiriuchi 3 years ago today, the only one I've ever seen outside the UK. In Japan this species occurs only in NE Hokkaido so I have no idea what this one was doing down here.............
Labels: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker