23 September 2014
A night away
A Grey Plover on the beach at Oshamanbe today.............
We spent one night in Toya, in a cheap and pretty rundown hot spring hotel. Complete with tinny muzak which we couldn't turn off, no view and gangs of Chinese tourists shouting at each other at sunrise just outside our window.
Toya is not a great place for birding usually but in autumn there are Black Necked Grebes everywhere.
Some of them still showed some hints of summer plumage.............
They don't breed in Japan but I've seen loads this month.
At Oshamanbe this Grey Plover was on 2 different beached (on the way and way back).
4 Red Necked Stint were the only other waders..............it's been a poor 2014 for them.