25 February 2015

From Siberia?


A small flock of tired cold looking Dunlin were at Oshamanbe on Monday..................


One of them was tagged.............


According to this link it is probably from somewhere in far eastern Russia.............although it looks like a tag may have fallen off....................

There aren't many waders in Hokkaido in winter and this species is far less numerous than it is in the UK.



There were about 40 or 50 Great Egret about too.


 These seem very common this winter...............






12 comments:

  1. We don't get Dunlin in Australia so it's nice to see them in non-breeding plumage. They do look a bit cold though. Some lovely Egret images too.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, I'm surprised you don't get them in Australia, they're pretty common across both Eurasia and America, I thought a few must make it down your way...............

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  2. Gosh that is a lot of Egrets, oh to see even 1 would do me.

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    1. Well AFAIK they have slowly been colonizing NW Europe........................there are small numbers resident in the UK now I believe?

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  3. Lots of Little egrets around here and they breed locally too. But I regret to say haven't seen a Great egret. Also we are well blessed with Dunlin too

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    1. Hi Derek, when we used to go birding together in the early 80's egrets (of any kind) would have been extremely exotic................

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  4. I always enjoy a "mystery" leg flagged wader... I wonder if any detail is readable on the actual ring on your original photo file ?

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    1. I can make out 'DSK' or maybe 'OSK' on the first line and 524 on the second line. Various places use a yellow flag in combinatuon with another colour flag (which is why I think one fell off). I think we can discount Australia and Vietnam and probably Hong Kong too. Which leaves Kamchatka or Sakhalin............which makes perfect sense for Dunlins in Japan...................

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  5. Gee, I was given a handout on how to identify various tags for waders by the Australian Wader group. I should keep it handy. Sadly the only places for waders in Niigata are fenced off so I don't go there. I am complacent with egrets as they are numerous here too.

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    1. There are even 3 Great Egrets on the samll river near my apartment this winter................

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  6. Fifty great white egrets! That's more than we had in the whole UK last year afaik.

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    1. I'd never seen as many together before..................

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