17 May 2013

Migrants galore on a dark dark day




A male Blue and White Flycatcher and a male Narcissus Flycatcher.

I had a day off on the 14th and spent most of it in Goryokaku Park. There were lots of migrants about. I don't know how many but seriously there were f***ing loads.  Birds were buzzing around everywhere, it was like something out of a Disney movie.

The light was very poor and there was the constant threat of drizzle. I suspect the poor weather was the reason so many migrants were grounded..................the chilliness also meant they were pretty lethargic and easy to approach. The nasty weather also meant the park wasn't so busy...............

Blue and White Flycatchers were still very common................





And Narcissus Flycatchers were even more numerous, loads of them, everywhere.




The males were at various stages of moult, some of them hadn't quite acheived the full summer look yet...............






As you can see they were just sitting around on walls....................






The above 2 (and yesterday's post with The Siberian Blue Robin) were the stars of tha day but there were lots of other migrants around too.

Asian Brown Flycatcher for starters.



I couldn't find any Sooty Flycatchers...................there are a bogey species for me..............

There were 5 species of thrush. Japanese and Dusky plus these 3............

First Pale Thrush...........



And Eye Browed Thrush.................




And finally Brown Thrush...........................



Both Eastern Crowned and Sakhalin Leaf Warblers were common................



Other stuff included large restless flocks of Japanese White-eye, Siskin, a few Crossbill, Olive Backed Pipit, Japanese Bush Warbler and this drake Shoveler on the moat..............


Of course once I was busy again at work the weather improved dramatically.

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5 comments:

  1. Great shots! I can't understand how those flycatchers can be so tame over there but not around here. Here they always stay up on the tree and wouldn't let me get close like that. So jealous about it!

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    1. I was lucky with the nasty weather.............poor light but tame birds.

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  2. Brilliant shots Stu. Those Blue and White and Narcissus flycatchers are just beautiful. just like here, a drop of overnight rain makes them landfall - providing they set off the night before I suppose.

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    1. Hi Phil they sure beat Spotted Flycatchers (the only flycatcher species I ever saw in Preston).

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  3. Plenty of "Ooooh..Aaaah..." shots to make us jealous, Stu. You made the best of the conditions !

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