19 October 2018

On this day (October 19th)......................


October 19th 2015.

A Ural Owl 3 years ago today in Onuma. There were several easily accessible trees that held roosting Ural Owls but they've all blown down..............

17 October 2018

A Gloomy Robin


We went camping near Tomakomai for a couple of nights................


On this day (October 17th).................


October 17th 2015.

An immature Amur Falcon just outside town 3 years ago today. At first I thought it was a Hobby but I was wrong and it is still the only one I've ever seen............

14 October 2018

Winter not far away..........


Not a very good or interesting photo but it does show a Vega Gull at Kamiiso today, a winter visitor.

A couple of days ago there were loads of yukimushi around. These are small white midges that appear 2 or 3 weeks before the first snow............

Also around at Kamiiso were 3 Great Egret, a lone Osprey flying south and several species of common duck. The first Daurian Redstart, a male, appeared on the river near my apartment a few days ago: another winter visitor. Also around were Brown Dipper, Bull-headed Shrike, a briefly glimpsed Siberian Rubythroat and several Black-crowned Night Heron. A juvenile Moorhen in Goryokaku Park 3 days ago was only the 3rd I've seen in Hakodate..............

3 October 2018

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