10 February 2012

Waxwings..........from last winter.

Bohemian Waxwing

Last winter in Hakodate saw lots of Waxwings of both species. I haven't seen a single one so far this year and the last week's weather has been so bad I've hardly been out of the house so forgive the archive photos.........

Japanese Waxwing

A Japanese Waxwing in the park near my flat last winter, the above photo was taken in December 2010 as was this one in the same small park..........

Japanese Waxwing

I visited England shortly after taking the above shots and even saw Bohemian Waxwing in Preston............when I got back to Japan in early January there were still loads of Japanese Waxwing everywhere like this lone individual in a small tree in the middle of town.

Japanese Waxwing

Japanese Waxwing

By late January most of the Japanese Waxwings had gone and were replaced by Bohemians..............these were on a suburban street in the north of town

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

They remained until the middle of March, a small flock took up residence in a secluded park next to my apartment.

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing


Bohemian Waxwing



They are always erratic, some winters they are abundant, other winters not so common and occasional winters completely absent. Last year there were still Japanese Waxwing passing through Hakodate in mid to late May...........

Now I've posted these old photos loads of waxwings will probably start arriving..........

So Fabio upped and left, don't know if that is a good or bad thing. I'm sure we won't do anything at Euro 2012 anyway no matter who is in charge but I quite fancy 'Arry as a temporary appointment, we can't play any worse than the last World Cup anyway.

Hope it stops snowing soon, there really is a lot of it outside and it hasn't really stopped all week.

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7 comments:

  1. A great series Stu - definitely worth getting them out again.

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  2. Beautiful. Quiet here too. Small numbers before turn of the year and very scarce now - not many winter thrushes either.

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  3. This winter is certainly much different from the last. Hopefully the waxwings will pass by Hakodate soon.

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  4. Beautiful photographs regardless of when they were taken. Hope you get to see more.

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  5. Thanks for the comments. The snow is pretty deep outside and more forecast the next dew days, even if they come I may not be able to get out there to see them............

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  6. Stunning series of waxwings shots. You can show them every year!

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