6 December 2015
A wintry day at last
Today was a cold dark grey wintry Sunday..............
The harbour at Kamiiso was full of birds but it was dark and snowing..............there were 3 species of grebe (including Little, a bird I'd never seen in this place before). About a dozen Great Crested and 15 or so Black Neckeds. The latter species swam close, the second bird musy have been sick or injured as it couldn't dive.
The roads were a bit icy and we didn't make it up to Yakumo for the eagles. The Ural Owl was in its hole at Onuma though.
Back in Hakodate we checked one place to see if there were any Brent Goose. These seemed to have declined dramatically in the last couple of years (in Hakodate anyway). There were several Harlequin Ducks though.
It was very dark and very windy and even though they came quite close I didn't get any decent shots.
Also around today were Rook, Scaup, Wigeon, flocks of Siskin and Brambling, Hawfinch and White Tailed Eagle................