28 April 2014

An ill wind


The wind was blowing from the north today meaning very few migrants crossed the Tsugaru straits.....................



This Grey Headed Woodpecker was in one of the parks in the east of town...........



Crossbill, Japanese Grosbeak and Hawfinch were also in the park. The only summer visitors were 1 briefly seen Narcissus Flycatcher and a pair of Red Cheeked Starling later in the day to the west of town. We went all the way to Kotanisihi (the most SW point in Hokkaido) and also to Kikonai/and Shireuchi but not many birds around. Peregrine, Great Egret, several Osprey, Little Ringed Plover, Black Throated Diver, Brent Goose, a few ducks and gulls (including a drake Smew at Kamiiso).

Offshore (beyond camera range) it was possible to see thousands of Short Tailed Shearwater, it would have been a good day to be on a boat.

After watching Liverpool v Chelsea last night it was just further confirmation that football, like life, is full of disappointment and cruelty.

6 comments:

  1. Another handsome Hokkaido Woodpecker…..

    Dire result last night, but I admired L'pool for attacking with such vigor.

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    1. Thanks John. Actually who is your team? I know you're from England originally. Please god not Man Utd!!!!!!!

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  2. HI Stuart Never seen this Woodpecker. you got great shots of him and a lot of other birds seen.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, it's similar to Green Woodpeckers in the UK.......................

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  3. Really nice GH Woodpecker - the combination of grey, green, and the red patch is smart.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Stuart. I only occasionally saw Green Woodpecker in the UK but I reckon Grey Headed is the better looking one..........

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