I went to north-east Hokkaido (Shari, Abashiri and Monbetu; called sea of Okhotsk area) where Ross's Gull came in this season. It needs condition that the gull will be seen in bad weather, north wind brings the gull from Russia.
Unfortunately, it was "good weather", so we could not see Ross's Gull. This area was far from Sapporo where I live, it cost accomodate in general, but we tried one day trip by car.
In Abashiri fishery port, there are 3 Acient Murrelets, Brunnich's Guillemot, and Common Guillemot.
I heard this port was famous of auks, but it was first time to see them at this port and to see by short range.
We moved to Shari port, the most famous spot for Ross.
We searched sea bird by scope; Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, and Harlequin Duck...
And I saw Pigeon Guillemot-like bird, but it was too far to identify....
We drove about 900km on this day.
Abashiri, Hokkaido. 26/Dec/2010.