Friday, 28 May 2010

Rhinoceros go home

Three hundred thousand pair of Rhinoceros Auklets breed in western part of Teuri island.
They come back their colony which is ground hole when the sun goes down.
 We can observe nesting of them, the observation facility is maintained in this place.

Passage migrants in Teuri2

I realize that here is island to see many Eyebrowed Thrushes. Some flocks of them were seen in this birding.

This is my precious in this birding, I've ever seen female Siberian Ground Thrush onece about six years ago. I could see many male and female Siberian Ground Thrushes, but they prefer brush and dark place difficult to take photo. This young male stayed at relative bright place.

A female Common Rosefinch which is a very rare species in Japan feeding flower base of Cherry blossom. Unfortunately I couldn't take photo.

European and Oriental Cuckoo were recognized. This photo is Oriental one.

I could see Divers at not only ferry route but on land. The number of Pacific Diver (this photo) was higher than that of Black-throated.
Four Pacific Divers (this photo is one of them) at front of my tent site (I stayed by tent).

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Passage migrants in Teuri1

Many Siberian Ruby-throats were singing around in the island.

On birding, the main contents were flycatchers, 
Spotted FlycatcherGrey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta (I mistake English name),

Siberian Flycatcher,

Blue&White Flycatcher,

Mugimaki Flycatcher which was my precious bird in this birding because of my lifer. "Mugimaki" is from Japanese: it passes Japan region in wheat sowing season, Mugi means wheat and maki means sowing.

Though I couldn't take photo, I saw Narcissus Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler, and Pale-legged Willow Warbler.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Teuri Island

I went to Teuri Island which was a famous place for birds migration and breeding site of Rhinoceros Auklet.

At first, I upload birding by ferry.
About 0.3million pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets breed in Teuri island, so they can be seen in this route.
Also Spectacled Guillemot
 and Guillemot breed in this island, therefore they can be seen.
Especially Ministry of Environment of Japan protect Guillemots breeding site.

Japanese Cormorant.

A Oriental Honey Buzzard flew above the sea.

I saw a White-billed Diver flying but it was very far though I took a photo.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Iinashi river

Small numbers of shore birds come to San-in because of absence for mudflat like habitat.
Some shore birds come to Yonago water bird park and mouth of Iinashi river.

I went to Iinashi river and saw some shore birds and etc.

A flock of Dunlin,

a Whimbrel,

 a Terek Sandpiper,

a Grey-tailed tattler, and a Little-ringed Plover were seen.

A summer plumage Great Crested Grebe was able to be seen.

Nutrias which was a alien species in Japan invaded in this area.
It used drain for its tunnel.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Mamushi at Mihonoseki

At 17th-18th May, I went to Tottori and Shimane prefecture.
I had time to go birding, I drove around Nakaumi.

At first, I went Mihonoseki which was famous of bird migration site.
Unfortunately I could not see interesting bird, but I noticed a Mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffii) which had the most dangerous poison in Honshu at my foot.

It formed alert position.
After a while, it solved alert position and went somewhere.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Around Sapporo birding

I got up too early (before 3 A.M.), I couldn't sleep well. I gave up to sleep and prepare for breakfast.

In this day, I had plan of birding around Sapporo before  noon in stead of birding for Tomakomai-Mukawa.

At first I went to Miyaoka park which was a spot of small bird in spring.
But gate of parking area closed, the time of opening gate at 7 A.M., I got to here at 5 A.M. So I went to harbor of Shinkawa to see shorebirds.

I saw Grey-tailed Tattler, Rufous-necked Sandpiper, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, and Kentish Plover, but I didn't take photo of them.

I took photos of  Sand Martin.

Every year, they make their colony around here. Four individuals prepared their new nest at terrace, they were seemed to be advance team.

This nest was under construction.

During costing my time for Sand Martin, the time of opening gate came, I headed to Miyaoka park.
There were many small birds in this park, especially Blue-and-White Flycatcher.

I found about ten individuals of male.

I  confirmed Narcissus Flycatcher, Brown Flycatcher, Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler, and Oriental Cuckoo, but I could take photos of Blue-and-White Flycatcher.

I met two members of Birding club of HU, they wanted to see Siberian blue Robin, one of them saw the day before yesterday around here. But we could not see in this day.

After birding, I invited them to my car because they came here by subway.
And they claimed to go to see Sand Martin and Shore birds, I went to harbor of Shinkawa again.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Shorebirds in Mukawa

There were two pair of Bar-tailed Godwit in Mukawa.
Focus of the male was mistook...


Rufous-necked Sandpiper and Grey-tailed Tattler (no photo) were at the same place.

Though I couldn't take a photo, there were Ruddy Turnstone at harbor.

All photos in Mukawa, Hokkaido. 15/May/2010.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Red fox and more in Tomakomai

I found a Red Fox.
It was during hair changing.

Stone Chat was During grooming.

Black Kite and Carrion Crow.

All photos in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 15/May/2010.