19 February 2012
A Sunday in Onuma
The weather has relented a little, we could actually leave Hakodate this afternoon. The snow was piled up head high on the sides of the road but we've only had light snow this week, the main roads were clear. It was still overcast though and only common birds were around but it was a relief to get out of town for the first time in ages (actually only just 2 weeks but it felt longer).
The tame tits and nuthatches in Onuma all appeared to have survived the cold spell.
It was nice to get some shots of them in the snow, shame the light wasn't great.
In the group there are 2 Nuthatches and 2 Varied Tits, one individual of each species is very tame and the other is more wary.
There are also at least 2 Eastern Great Tits, these are much shyer.
And there are 4 or so Marsh Tits. Or rather Marsh and Willow Tits. Most of them have glossy caps and short stubby bills, this one doesn't seem to. Is it a Willow Tit? I have to say I never really check. Perhaps I should do.
Not much else in the forest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots of Dusky Thrush, a distant Black Woodpecker calling, several Jay, a single Hawfinch.
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