27 March 2016

The late March lull


Some years the end of March can be a very exciting time with lots of Crossbills and Waxwings in the parks. geese in the ricefields or grebes and other aquatic birds in the harbours.................

But not this year, today we drove out west to Esaahi where the above Black Tailed Gull was one of the few birds to pose for the camera. the first Ospreys of the year were around at various places, there was a big flock of Rook on the west coast and we saw a couple of Asian Rosy Finch at Esashi too.

Hakodate was very very quiet last week, just a few Hawfinches and Dusky Thrush. Roll on spring................

8 comments:

  1. Lovely close up of the gull. HAPPY EASTER/

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  2. A very nice portrait, Stu. Maybe all the visitors arriving on the new bullet train have scared the birds away. I was thinking of visiting sometime via ferry from Niigata but now I can enjoy the new train. Which to choose?

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    1. Thanks Russell. The train is a bit expensive but may be more convenient depending on where you're coming from. If you do come please let me know.........

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  3. We seem to be wobbling a bit here between winter and spring too. But spring is just around the corner!

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    1. Winter has definitely gone now................

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  4. Great portrait. We're stuck in some very dull weather to.

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    1. It was sunny the last couple of days but not many birds about.......

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