4 May 2011

An afternoon in the ricefields


The rain and grey gloomy weather returned today but we had a productive couple of hours in the ricefields of Ono and Nanae.

The Siberian Stonechats returned about a week or so ago, these are one of the commonest farmland birds in Hokkaido.



The padis haven't been irrigated yet but due to the recent rains there were plenty of wet muddy areas and we were lucky enough to find a small flock of Wood Sandpiper. These photos were taken out of the car window.


They were eating some wormlike thing, is it a leech I wonder? Yuk.



These are much commoner in east Asia than back in the UK, indeed I've only ever seen one back home (at Marshside in the mid 80's). I've seen them from a distance a few times in the ricefields but never up close like today.




In the same field I noticed this bird, a Buff Bellied Pipit or at least I think it is. This is a bird I only ever see occasionally, usually flying away on some icy windswept beach in winter.


I took a crappy handheld video of one of the Wood Sandpipers out of the car window.........


A flock of geese flew over late in the afternoon, too far away to ID but probably Whitefronts.

Surprise of the day was a flock of 8 Japanese Waxwing in someone's garden. I've never seen these in May before............


I've had 6 out of the last 7 days off but we've been pretty unlucky with the weather. Hopefully tomorrow (my final day off in Golden Week) will see better weather. May is always the best birding month, fingers crossed for some interesting things turning up in the next 2 or 3 weeks.........

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2 comments:

  1. How lucky.. to get so close to those Woodsands.
    Great set of photos. Your Stonechats are so much nicer than ours too!

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  2. Hi Karen, thanks for the comment. Yes I was lucky with the Woodsands, they are usually pretty shy..............

    I agree with the Stonechats. They are very common here in summer but I never get tired of them..........

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