25 February 2011

A quiet week in February

A Siskin near my apartment a couple of days ago.

It's been a bit of a quiet week, very mild and sunny for most of the time. The snow has turned to slush finally. Not so many birds around though, I was hoping to find some Crossbills but nothing doing there yet.

The small Siskin flock contained one Redpoll.

There have been several finch species around this week. A flock of Brambling in Goryokaku park, Hawfinch, Oriental Greenfinch and Long Tailed Rosefinch too. But Siskins were the most interesting.....

Not much else to report. Grey Headed and Great Spotted Woodpecker in Goryokaku Park, Sparrowhawk, Wren, Dusky Thrush, Coal and Great Tit.........

This Oriental Turtle Dove near my apartment is a bird I normally don't see in winter, I've seen 1 or 2 on several occasions this year.

5 species of duck on the river including a female Red Breasted Merganser and the Great Egret is still around...........

Only another 4 weeks of construction noise to endure, today they were digging up some of the new road they'd laid last week. Sometimes I think they may as well just bang big drums whilst burning ¥10000 bills: it'd achieve the same results. Lots of noise, lots of money wasted and nothing changes at the end of it.

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  1. Seems like the siskins have taken over those pine trees from the crossbills! I'd love to find a redpoll, though I know it's almost impossible for this bird to be found in the south...

  2. You got the Siskins then Stu? I'm sure you know of the excitement caused over here by the OTD "down south" but it's hard to convince people here that colourful doves are kept in captivity by bird fanciers. The Egret in flight is just spot on. Phil

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  4. Thanks for the comments, even the Christian spam one!

    Hi Phil, yup we get Siskins, surprisingly lots of species are the same as in NW Europe. We also get Hawfinch, Redpoll, Brambling, Bullfinch, Crossbill just like you do in the UK.......I heard about that OTD back home too.....

    Hi Ayuwat, surprised Redpolls don't make it down there.....


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