30 December 2017
A Brent Goose in Hakodate today and probably my last photo of the year.....................
Harlequin Duck, Goldeneye, Whooper Swan and Scaup were also around but it was a very quiet day. Today saw the best weather in ages (and tomorrow is looking good too) but of course we had/will have other stuff to do. New Year here is basically the same as Christmas in the west.
I took a lot of photos in 2017. S**tloads. I don't know why that happened but it did. I can't see myself taking so many next year but you never know.
264 posts in one year! Sometimes I wish I spent as much time on more important things as I do with this blog............
Thanks to the people who regularly visit this blog and leave comments. I hope you all have a great 2018.
Labels: Brent Goose
29 December 2017
26 December 2017
The nasty weather returned on Christmas Day. Very windy with sleet turning to heavy snow. Out east there were still lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes on the coast. There must have been at least 1 Red-legged among them but if there was I couldn't find it.
7 other gull species were around as were Harlequin Duck, Brent Goose and Black-necked Grebe.
25 December 2017
24 December 2017
21 December 2017
December 21st 2011.
An Iceland Gull in Preston 7 years ago today.
This was a lifer at the time (although it seems to have been lumped with Kumelins and Thayers Gull seubsequently and I've seen the latter in Japan).
Note it's on ice: the usually mild NW of England was in the middle of a very nasty cold spell at the time. This was at Preston Marina, a pace which normally doesn't freeze over in winter at all AFAIK.
Labels: Iceland Gull
20 December 2017
18 December 2017
December 18th 2014.
A Bean Goose at Onuma 3 years ago today. Stragglers from the big goose flocks which winter further south are sometimes seen in winter in south Hokkaido. This one joined the Whooper Swan flock in December that year and stayed all winter.........................
Labels: Bean Goose
15 December 2017
Not much in town this last week. A lot of snow fell on Tuesday but a big influx of birds never happened.
There were 3 Great Egrets on the river as well as Brown Dipper, a female Daurian Redstart and several Dusky Thrush. No Waxwings in town at all yet despite the berry laden trees everywhere.
December 15h 2013.
A Ural Owl at Onuma 4 years ago today. This was in one of 3 owl holes near the road............sadly all the trees have been blown down since then. I'm sure the owls are still there..................just not in trees facing the road anymore.
Labels: Ural Owl
12 December 2017
11 December 2017
5 December 2017
December 5th 2014.
A female Merlin just outside town 3 years ago today. This is a regular winter visitor but usually we only see them flash by across the road and then disappear into the fields.............this one was obligingly atop a streetlight................
4 December 2017
3 December 2017
It's been snowing a lot the last 2 days but there was a break this afternoon. No car today so I took a short walk down the river where I saw the above Great Egret.
I was hoping for some Waxwings but nothing doing there. Other stuff around included a few Dusky Thrush, a male Daurian Redstart, a lone Wren, a drake Goosander and a female Wigeon....................