6 November 2016
Some real signs of winter today........................
It was cold for a start, it was snowing a bit and there were a lot of new winter arrivals.
North of town we found a flock of 25 or so Japanese Waxwing. This is the earliest I've ever seen them. Some of them looked a bit scruffy, I guess I never see them when they are moulting. It was very very dark too, not a good day for photos to be honest.
In the same place there was a big flock of Dusky Thrush (and 1 Eye-browed Thrush), Brambling and Hawfinch. At Yakumo the eagles have arrived. I saw about 8 or so individuals of both species including 3 adult Stellers Sea Eagle.
Also around were White-fronted Goose, Whooper Swan, Black Scoter, Goldeneye, Dunlin, Japanese Wagtail, Glaucous Gull, Great Egret, Peregrine and Goshawk. In town last week there were Hawfinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Great Egret and Red-flanked Bluetail near my apartment...............
A lot of snow on the mountaintops inland from Yakumo and the temperature just above freezing. After 2 very mild ones are we going to get a cold winter?
Labels: Japanese Waxwing