A quiet week birdwise in Hakodate, the Red Cheeked Starlings have left the nest and were the main focus of the last few days, in a week or so there won't be much happening in Hakodate until the waders pass through in another 6 or 7 weeks time.
The Starlings were everywhere. These are all males.
This is a common summer visitor to Hokkaido but it has a very restricted range, Hokkaido is probably the only place where it is common.
There were a few fledgelings hanging around waiting to be fed.
Both males and females were on hand.
The birding is very predictable in town this time of year, I saw all the 20 or so species one would expect to find with the exception of Night Heron, hopefully a few young ones will appear on the river in July.
Here is a very scruffy Bullheaded Shrike that was hunting in the bushes along the river.
Not much else to report. Annoyingly noisy neighbours, I hope the little brat upstairs gets given some tranquilizers soon (or at least a playstation). I watched 'Fire in Babylon' which was rather interesting. Otherwise...........nothing much really.
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