23 December 2011

More blizzards

More blizzards today and this morning saw an aborted trip to Yakumo, we eventually made it as far as Onuma. the tame Tits and Nuthatches were around but it was too dark for any photos.

Are those birds above Marsh or Willow Tits? I suspect the former but I may be wrong. I read somewhere that Marsh are dominant over Willow and some individuals seemed to be bullying others............are both species present? I've always assumed I'd been watching Marsh Tits at Onuma, one of many resolutions for 2012 will be to sort that one out. the Marsh and Willow Tits here are slightly different races from the ones in the UK and are harder to tell apart (their voices are much mor similar for example).

Not much else in the gloom........Black Woodpecker and White Tailed Eagle were both around but no photos.

At Ono there were lots of Rooks feeding in the snowy fields and in the harbour at Kamiiso there were several species sheltering from the weather. The most interesting was a flock of 80 or so Black Necked Grebes.

Also present were 3 Great Crested Grebe, several Goldeneye, Red Breasted Merganser and Scaup.

In town last week there were Grey Starling, Brown Dipper, Dusky Thrush, Great Egret and Daurian Redstart.............the usual winter species.

Looks like the long weekend here will be buried in snow, I'm itching to get back up to Yakumo but not in this weather. We saw the aftermath of another road accident today (I make that 6 on our last 3 outings). This one didn't look serious but the nasty one we saw earlier in the week we later found out had been a fatal one...........

Oh well, it gives me an excuse to get heavily drunk and have a few lie-ins.

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  1. Marsh or Willow Tits ? I always struggle with these two....

    Best to stay in, seems like it's the safest thing to do !

    Merry Christmas !

  2. Wow I absolutely love the grebes! Even though it's really cold now, I think it was much colder last year. We still haven't had any serious snow.

  3. Even harder to separate Marsh and Willow in Hokkaido than UK! The Birds of East Asia guide just seems to have the (nearly) same description for both. I think you have Marsh - mainly based on the small bib and not very fat headed appearance. Good luck with it and I hope you see some together for comparison!


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