19 July 2016

East/North Hokkaido Summer 2016 #3


A Middendorffs Warbler at Kiritappu last week......................


This nondescript locustella warbler is a common summer visitor to northern and eastern Hokkaido: I've never seen it down where we live. They are pretty shy but sometimes sing from exposed perches in the grasslands.................



Their distinctive song can be heard all over east/north Hokkaido in summer.

These photos were taken on one the capes near Kiritappu. It looked like some White Tailed Eagles were maybe nesting on one of the offshore islands. They would regularly flap over, mobbed by crows or gulls.................



4 comments:

  1. Great shots of the warbler singing. It certainly puts a lot of gusto into it.

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    1. Thanks David, usually they are hiding in the grass though.........

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  2. Middendorfs pass through H K in very small numbers - only 4 or 5 records, even our ringers don't see them. Nice shots.

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    1. Thanks John, I'm sure they are overlooked as they are very skulking and not exactly distinctive amongst all the other small brown birds in the grass. At least I get them when they're singing.

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