1 May 2012

Golden Week 2012 #2

A Red Cheeked Starling in Goryokaku Park this morning.

I'd got up early to watch the Man C/Man U game and as it was such a nice morning I ent out for a walk before returning to bed.

Not much around but a few migrants were flitting around............

A Sakhalin Leaf Warbler. Other stuff included Asian Brown Flycatcher, Japanese Bush Warbler and Japanese White-eye.

There were lots of Red Cheeked Starlings in the pak, they must have arrived in the last couple of days.............

As you can see the cherry blossoms are starting to emerge and they should open in the next 2 or 3 days. In Hakodate this will co-incide with the upcoming 4 day holiday weekend which will drive the locals and tourists into a frenzy.

It was very warm today but cooler rainy weather will hit Hakodate from Thursday, looks like the cherry blossom viewing hordes will get wet.

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  1. Splendid Chestnut-cheeked Starlings, can't get enough of them.

    And Man City won, too !

  2. Very attractive photographs, Stu. The Starlings look quite handsome with the blossom buds and you did well to catch them posing. Can't believe how fast the blossoms bloomed and went away here. Faster than the Hanabi in August.

  3. Smart! That early morning light was beautiful.

  4. What little darlings the Red Cheeked Starling are.Wonderful
    photography!I like the early morning light the best

    A Woodpecker has made it's nest in my garden, I fear for the safety of the other birds nests,- any
    suggestions as to what is the best course of action!!!

  5. These starlings shots are simply splendid Stu.... The ligth is so beautiful! I love your hosue amrtin of the previous psot too :-) Looks like the sun is also coming to you...

  6. Thanks for the comments, yes they are very photogenic but I have to go early in the morning before the hordes of sightseers swarm all over the park.......

    Breathtaking-don't worry, the Woodpeckers shouldn't harm the other birds.......


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