7 May 2007

Chipmunks and migrants

A tame and very cute Ground Squirrel on Mt Hakodate today. I was showing 4 visiting birders my 'patch'. They had arrived on a huge cruise ship and just had a few hours ashore. Mt Hakodate didn't quite live up to my hype and although there were quite a few birds around it was a bit quieter than I'd expected. Bird of the day was this female ROSY FINCH.

Only a record shot and heavily photoshopped. Quite a surprise so late in the season and only the second one I've ever seen in Hokkaido.

There was a reasonable cross section of the commoner migrants around. Eastern Crowned and Sakhalin Leaf Warblers, Blue and White Flycatchers, Red Flanked Bluetails, Pale, Brown and Japanese Thrushes, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Faced and Siberian Meadow Bunting, Red Cheeked Starling, Glaucous Winged Gull plus the usual resident Tits and Woodpeckers.

Here's a male Black Faced Bunting.

The visitors provided pleasant company and it was a beautiful day and my first exercise for a while too. And my wife was happy with the chipmunk family.

So Man U are champions. I'd rather them than Chelsea. This time.

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