31 August 2011

A lazy end to the month

After spending 4 of the last 5 days trudging along beaches in the summer heat I took it easy today, just a short walk near my apartment. There were flocks of Red Cheeked Starlings everywhere but not much else. A briefly glimpsed Kingfisher, a few Grey Wagtails............

Yesterday I was on the beach at Kamiiso. Waders included 3 Terek Sandpiper, 1 Great Knot, 3 Mongolian Plover, and 70 or more Red Necked Stint. Here's a photo of the latter.

The Long Toed Stint was still present and I tried taking more action shots of it feeding.

It was eating lots of little insects on the sand (rather than the worms in the mud favoured by the Red Necked Stints).

I imagine this was the last time I'll be able to see it. I have days off on Friday/Sunday but it looks like Hakodate will receive the last dregs of a typhoon (meaning rain) so I don't know if I'll be doing any birding for a few days and next week I don't have much free time either.

By the time I get to Kamiiso again it'll be the end of next week when the waders will have changed.

It was great to have such a tame one, every wader season throws up such individuals from many different species.........and this August it was Long Toed Stint season.

I'm quite enjoying the start of the footy season, hopefully England won't spoil it too much this weekend. I'm sure they'll qualify (albeit unconvincingly) but don't hold out much hope for the finals. Mind you there do seem to be a few young players emerging, maybe the future isn't all doom and gloom.

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30 August 2011

Another day on the beach.............again.

I spent a couple of hours on the beaches at Kamiiso again yesterday, as you can see the Long Toed Stint was still around..........

Other stuff around included a couple of Terek Sandpiper, a shy species that always disappears before I can get close enough for a decent shot, this was the best I could manage today.

Also around were a lone Common Sandpiper, a couple of Grey Tailed Tattler and loads and loads of Red Necked Stints.

But the Long Toed Stint was star of the day again.

I'll probably never get this close to this species again so forgive the deluge................

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28 August 2011

Long Toed Stint up close

A Long Toed Stint at Kamiiso this afternoon. Thanks to Osamu for telling me about this one. The beach was packed with people (it was a beautiful sunny day) and I wouldn't have bothered checking it out had I not known about the Stint.

It was feeding in some drain that emptied out onto the beach (not sewage but whatever it was it wasn't nice) and it was very very tame indeed. The day today had started with 4 very shy Long Tailed Stints skulking in the ricefields and not wanting to be photographed at all. Why was this one so fearless?

It scampered around coming as close as 1 meter or so.

There were 3 Red Necked Stint further up the beach, on the next beach down there were more Red Neckeds and a few Common Sandpiper. Osprey, Black Headed Gull, Goosander were the other noteworthy species in Kamiiso.

Here's a jerky handheld video of the Long Toed Stint.

Earlier in the day we were at Sawara, there were over a 100 Red Necked Stints here as well as 2 or 3 Sanderling.

Also at Sawara a few Japanese Green Pigeon came down to the tetrapods...........

At Shikabe the usual Japanese Green Pigeon spot was overrun with fishermen so nothing doing there..................

Man City have just scored their 4th against Spurs, are we looking at this season's champions?

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26 August 2011

Knots landing

I took a long walk down the beach at Kamiiso today and got another local tick (that takes me up to 209 now).

Can you spot the odd one out?

A Red Knot (the smaller one on the left) with 2 Great Knot. The latter is a fairly common east Asian species but the former is somewhat scarcer over here, it's only the 2nd one I've seen in Hokkaido and the first time in Hakodate.

You can clearly see the different jizz and structure.

These photos were taken in the harsh midday sun.

You can see the last remnants of sumer plumage in the Red Knot, well you can if you look really hard.

At this time of year the plumages do look very similar. The Great Knot doesn't have the same scaly pattern on its back though.

Here's a short jerky handheld video of the Knots plus some Red Necked Stints from a couple of days ago.

Not too much else around, 30 or so very skittish Red Necked Stint, a lone Osprey, Black Headed Gull, Grey Heron.............

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24 August 2011

Stints on the beach

One of 3 Red Necked Stints on the beach at Kamiiso this afternoon. I had a free afternoon so I spent a couple of hours looking for waders on a short stretch of coast.

Red Necked Stints are the most numerous local wader in autumn, local birders don't seem so interested in them but I have to say I rather like this species.............

Not much else around. 2 Terek Sandpiper, 5 or 6 Common Sandpiper, a lone Sand Martin.

Last weekend there were also 2 Terek Sandpiper on the same beach as well as a couple of Little Ringed Plovers. The Long Toed Stints (5 or 6 of them) were still skulking around in the ricefields but I couldn't find any Green/Marsh Sandpipers to add to my local list. I did get a new bird for Hakodate though...........a Moorhen. Though they are common in summer in Onuma this was the first one I'd ever seen locally. #208 on the list..........

Not much around locally, some Great Egret in the padis, a few Stonechat and Chestnut Eared Bunting too.

At Yakumo there wasn't much at all, some distant Osprey that's all. At Oshamanbe there were some Red Necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Grey Tailed Tattler and a lone Great Knot, nothing posing for photos though.

4-0? I had no inkling that'd happen.

I think Liverpool will finish 3rd or 4th this season, Arsenal look finished and I have my doubts about both Spurs and maybe even Chelsea. God, looks like a 2 horse race already between the 2 Manc sides, what a nightmare.

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