26 April 2017

Wrynecks


There were 2 or 3 Wrynecks in one of the local parks this morning................
They were sitting on the cherry blossom trees calling..................



This is a summer visitor to Hokkaido and a few pass through Hakodate in spring..............


The cherry blossoms should open in 3 or 4 days.............

Not much else in the park. Wigeon, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Dusky Thrush..........that's about all.




If they weren't so noisy they'd be easily overlooked as just a branch or leaf.


Also around near my flat were Bullheaded Shrike, Red-cheeked Starling, Asian House Martin and Barn Swallow. No deluge of migrants yet.

Here's the local race of White Wagtail, one of the commonest local breeders.


It(s been raining on and off for a couple of days, hopefully it'll clear up for the early May Golden Week holiday. This is the start of the 2 week or so  peak spring migration period and I usually have a few days off.

14 comments:

  1. A gaggle of wrynecks wouldn't go amiss here Stu. Spring seems to have stopped in the bitingly cold northerlies this week. Snow on Snowdon too

    Cheers

    DaveyMan

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    1. I never saw one in the NW, or anywhere in the UK for that matter............

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    2. Not seen many in UK, all but one at Fairhaven Lake have been on the east coast mostly Spurn. Dipped the one at Marton Mere when I was warden by being on my brother-in-laws roof helping fit his sky dish when the news broke - cruel!

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    3. Well you never know one may turn up this spring in Blackpool..........

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  2. Not a species I have seen frequently so three in the same day would be exceptional for me.

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  3. Noisy Wrynecks ? As winter visitors they are silent here in HK....I would like to hear them.

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    1. They aren't very talented musically.............

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  4. The only place I've seen them is Mallorca. Super shots as usual Stu.

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    1. I've never seen them anywhere except Hokkaido.........

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  5. And to think that many years ago, Wrynecks bred in Lancashire. Ringed one at Marton Mere many years ago, about 1975.

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    1. Wow, didn't know you'd been ringing so long..............

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