13 March 2016
Black and White Sunday
Sometimes it really is a case of black or white.............
It was a grey blizzardy/sleety/rainy late winter's day and we headed north past Yakumo.
One of the ports had a flock of Black Scoter in the corner, one of my favourite winter species.
There was a bitterly cold wind and intermittent heavy snow, it was also very dark. The scoters were sheltering from the wind.
The drake is a great looking bird, there were 6 of them with only 1 female.
They are generally a bird of the open sea but often visit ports in late winter/early spring.
They looked a bit tired...................
Another bird that is common at this time of year is Glaucous Gull. There were loads of them on the beaches and in the ports. They look extra white at this time of year, a nice contrast against the scoters...........
Other stuff around today included Asian Rosy Finch near Shikabe, 2 small flocks of White Fronted Goose flying north, a couple of White Tailed Eagle still at Yakumo, 2 Daurian Jackdaw near Oshamanbe, Black Necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (some in summer plumage and displaying), Pelagic Cormorant. Long Tailed Duck, Smew, Goshawk and Great Egret.