17 January 2015

Back to the mundane


No more eagle shots to post (but I'm going back this weekend weather permitting). I spent a bit of time exploring locally last week, a couple of hours here or there. 2 Whooper Swans on the river in Hakodate were a surprise, I'd never seen them in town before. Also around were Long Tailed Rosefinch, Hawfinch, afew Dusky Thrush, Tufted Duck and a pair of Goldeneye. Yunokawa had more ducks including Pochard and Wigeon as well as a lone Brent Goose.

The place where the trees have been cut down is now covered with markers: I'd reckon it looks like the river is going to be 'improved' (ie concreted to provide a way to use up tax yen). I will try and at least send an email to raise my concerns, whatever good that will do................

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  1. Gosh I do hope they do not concert in the river, that would be terrible. Love the Whooper Swan. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hi Margaret, unfortunately in Japanese cities concrete is king.

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  2. I suppose Whoopers are rather mundane but I can sit for an hour or more where I watch their interactions and listen to those wonderful sounds. Mind you we always have two, three or even four hundred at a time now, not just two.

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    1. Hi Phil, we tend only to have smallish groups down in southern Hokkaido..................I've never seen more than 40 or 50 at one time around here and it's usually fewer than that.

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  3. Those birds hardly sound mundane! A hawfinch would be very nice.

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    1. I guess I was a bit spoiled by the eagles the previous week...............

      Hawfinches are much much commoner here than in the UK. I've seen the grand total of 2 birds in the UK ever.

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  4. Almost deafened by Whoopers at Martin Mere WWT today Stu - awesome sight & sound of >1000 of the noisy beasts

    Cheers

    DaveyMan

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    1. I went there 4 years ago when it was all frozen, we don't get big flocks like that here alas.

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  5. I noticed that about concrete in Japan! Good luck with your protest.

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    1. Yes they do love a bit of concrete..........................

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