23 May 2016

A wild Stork chase

We just got back from a weekend camping trip..................and on the way we stopped to find an Oriental White Stork which had been seen by someone north of Yakumo.

We couldn't find it despite driving around a large area looking in all the fields for the large white bird. It was a very warm afternoon and there were lots of common species on the roadside such as Chestnut Eared Bunting...................

And the abundant Siberian Stonechats..................

I recall seeing a White Stork nesting on someones's roof somewhere in the Czech Republic almost 20 years ago, I think that's the only time I've seen such a bird and that was only a fleeting look from a bus window on my way back to Germany (plus I was really hungover).


  1. I guess you'll have to wait for another chance at the stork.

  2. Oriental White Storks are rare visitors here, too. Pity you missed it, but I guess they can really wander. What's the status of Black Stork in Hokkaido ?

    1. Hi John, I've never heard of any being seen around the area I live but it's probably a very occasional visitor to northern Japan.


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