30 November 2015

22 November 2015

More eagles have arrived.............



More eagles arriving at Yakumo but none of them doing anything interesting.

The river full of salmon, some first snow flurries, a pair of Goshawk at the rivermouth plus a few common winter birds at Yakumo but sweet FA at Sawara and in Hakodate................

I won't be in Yakumo for at least 2 weeks, next time it will be probably be all white and hopefully full of eagles on the ground or at least in a tree.

16 November 2015

Mild November continues..............



It was about 18 degrees today, short sleeve weather, literally well rolled up sleeves maybe.................dragonflies are still buzzing around and I even got an insect bite. Weird weather we're having..................


13 November 2015

On this day (November 13th).....................


November 13th 2013.

A Taiga Flycatcher 2 years ago today in Hakodate. A female or immature I guess...............

This is a scarce but probably regular passage visitor and was my second individual after one a couple of years earlier.

I've also seen the very closely related Red Breasted Flycatcher in Hakodate but females/immatures are very similar and it was a 'web tick' as it was pointed out to me later. Still they all count.

10 November 2015

Birds on a wire


In late autumn the resident Carrion and Large Billed Crows are joined by 2 other species............Daurian Jackdaw and (Eastern) Rook. These are winter vistors from the Asian mainland and are much shyer than the resident species.

There seem to be lot of the Jackdaws this year. About a dozen or so mixed in with the Rooks. The above crappy photo shows a grey phase adult with a Rook underneath.

They perch on high wires against grey skies and fly off as soon as you look at them, not ideal photo subjects. I guess I could be more patient but after growing up in the UK it's a little hard to get excited by rooks and jackdaws.............................

4 November 2015

An afternoon off..............


A rarity these days.............yesterday afternoon I had no classes so I could take a walk down the river for a coupls of hours.


2 November 2015

1 November 2015

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