5 December 2016
A mild Monday
Still mild in south Hokkaido..........................
We headed west this afternoon. Lots of common stuff on the sea: various ducks including Black Scoter, 3 species of grebe, some distant unidentified divers and several groups of Brent Geese.
There were several Peregrine too.
A pair flew off to mob a Stellers Sea Eagle high in the air (too far off to photograph though).
I'd seen this gull in one of the local harbours a few days before.............
I though it was just a Vega Gull but is clearly paler than the one behind. A Thayers Gull? It is a bit round-headed and short-legged but the bill looks a bit bulky. American Herring Gull? Maybe but probably not. Just within the normal variations of Vega Gulls? No idea but probably so. These large white-headed gulls all look the same, even in the books.
It is ringed, as you can see. I couldn't make much out '10 AS' was all I could read.