13 April 2014

11 April 2014

Meet the locals #8

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Blue and White FlycatcherCyanoptila cyanomelana

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Another in my occasional series of local species not well known outside the region...........


9 April 2014

A tree full of Waxwings...................



I was surprised to find a large mixed flock of Bohemian and Japanese Waxwings near my apartment on Monday afternoon.................


8 April 2014

7 April 2014

6 April 2014

Still there....................


The Gyrfalcon was still there. I hadn't seen it since early March and had been back 2 times unsuccessfully. I was surprised to read on other blogs it was still around...........

We had just missed it consuming an unfortunate immature gull. It was just sat around in the grass.....................


It was a cold windy day (it snowed quite a lot later) and I don't blame it for hunkering down out of the wind.....................


3 April 2014

Still here...........................


A male Crossbill in the park near my apartment this afternoon. One of only 2 left seemingly.................

The park is now snow free and not much rain so far this spring means it was full of kids so the Crossbills were pretty wary. The ground was absolutely littered with pinecones................

Not much else aroud, just a few Dusky Thrush.

1 April 2014

Some late Waxwings


Some Japanese Waxwing this afternoon in the trees next to the local river, part of a flock of a dozen or so birds. Either the stragglers from the flocks I saw earlier in the winter or a small group of birds on their way north............

It was another mild very early spring day.....................


31 March 2014

Spring, I think...................


A sunny springlike day in Hakodate, well it is the end of March I suppose.

This afternoon I was in the harbour at Kamiiso.............


27 March 2014

Still in the park..............


 The Crossbills were still around today, I had another brief break from work................





They were in the trees behind the public toilet (which is closed in winter). Not the nicest place......................


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