10 April 2017
A long Monday in early April
We spent a long day out west today.......................
Cloudless skies and spring weather, it was a nice day to be out and about.
Black-necked Grebes have been scarce this spring but we found one in summer plumage near Esashi.
Great-crested Grebes were also in summer plumage. There were lots of divers on the sea, mostly Black-throated like this one near Kikonai. These were all still in winter colours.
The tame ones we saw last week had all gone. We did see a Red-throated Diver in full summer plumage, also in Kikonai, but it wasn't close enough for a photo.
I got my first Japanese Bush Warbler of the year, one of the first batch of short range summer migrants like this Eurasian Skylark.............
Other stuff around included White-fronted Goose, Great Egret, Harlequin Duck, Daurian Redstart, Siberian Meadow Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Brent Goose and a surprise Black Woodpecker near Kaminokuni.