27 April 2014

Peak season starts slowly





The end of April heralds the start of a 25 day period that is the peak of the birding year.

It was a bit slow today though. I did get a lifer mind you, a Japanese Quail at Oshamanbe (I nearly trod on it and it was long gone before I could get my camera ready).

Only 5 species of wader. The above Dunlin at Oshamanbe, Little Ringed Plover, an unidentified snipe species and a Bar Tailed Godwit at Yakumo. The Pacific Golden Plover was still at Kamiiso.




The only new summer passerine was a male Japanese Thrush also at Yakumo. Other stuff included Eastern Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Great Egret, Common Crossbill, White Fronted Goose. Wryneck, the winter ducks and gulls are still around, Great Crested Grebe etc................

6 comments:

  1. I've looked at so many goldies this year. Can never find one looking like that though! I'll keep trying.

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    1. Hi Phil, yes thay are much skinnier than European ones...............

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  2. Yes, PGP is a significantly smaller bird than the European one… we have a few here now, heading your way ?

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    1. Yes John, wader season in Hokkaido (much less exciting than at Mai Po!) is on its way soon......................

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  3. Love the first Dunlin shot. I miss how waders are so tame in Japan unlike here in the south.

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    1. This flock is a bit flighty but it is possible to sneak up on them in the corner of the port where they spens most of their time...............

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