Saturday, 24 December 2011

Lapland Bunting

In this season, flock of Lapland Bunting containing ca. 40 individuals stays in Mukawa.
It is easy to approach when they eat tiny seed.

There are many Hen Harriers in this season.
They wander around grass land and aim flock of Lapland Bunting. So they can't bear to eat its food calmly.



Mukawa, Hokkaido. 12/2011.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

In the litter

Forest Tube-nose Bat Murina silvatica rests in dead leaf of tall glass Polygonum sachalinense.

Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido. 14th/Aug/2011.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Buller's Shearwater was one of main target of this cruise.

It was often sleeping.
"I'm sleepy"

Flesh-footed Shearwater.

Another target was Red-legged Kittiwake. Although we searched flock of Kittiwake one by one, no one contained...

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 29th/Oct/2011.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


Red-throated Loon stays around Tomakomai coast. We observed 100± of them.

Velvet Scotters were also observed over 100.

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 29th/Oct/2011.

Harbour Porpoise

In Tomakomai area, Harbour Porpoise can be observe around year, but it is too shy to take photo.
I have observed it but had no photo.

This day was lucky.

Left one is to be seen juvenile.

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 29th/Oct/2011.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

young Black foot

I think this individual is a juvenile, because plumage is black luster and no wear compared with other individuals.

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 29th/Oct/2011.

Skua gang

Pomarine Skua attack Black-regged Kittiwake around Tomakomai sea area in October.

Five Pomarines attacked one Kittiwake... Further, Streak Shearwater aimed its drop.

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 29/Oct/2011.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

A family of Mandarin Duck

A pair of Mandarin Duck bleeds in Hokkaido University.
6 chicks followed their mother.

Sapporo, Hokkaido. 6th/Jun/2011.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Cruise in Tomakomai

I organized cruise in Tomakomai last Sunday.

The weather was not so good, strong wind postponed the cruise on Saturday and swayed on Sunday.

I observed interesting action of Rhinoceros Auklet: two individuals stretched their neck each other, I thought it was their display. No one knew the display of it in crew, it was strange behavior.

BrĂ¼nnich's Guillemot also was seen two individual-flock as like pair.
But they doesn't bleed in Japan. Are they no-bleeding pairs?

Pacific diver was seen not only at short range but heard its voice. It was my first time to listen its voice.

Short-tailed Shearwater.

Phalaropes are main target in this season, confer this and this entries last year.
We hoped tens thousands of Phalaropes, but only hundreds of them stayed around this area. And Red Phalarope was absent. I think timing of migration delayed compared to annual.

Tomakomai, Hokkaido. 15th/May/2011.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


I went birding only morning last Saturday.

Red Squirrel.

Summer visitors came to Sapporo.
In this time, I only took photo of only Short-tailed Bush Warbler.

Surprisingly, Brown-eared Bulbul caught a cicada. I was aware cicadas already emerged they will sing in a few days. Summer is comming, though it is still cold.

Carrion Crow.

Sapporo, Hokkaido. 14th/May/2011.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Sea line between island

On the ferry to island, I searched sea birds of course.

 Many Rhinoceros Auklets were observed in this sea area because vast number of them bleeding in Teuri island, confer old entry.

Spectacled Guillemot. They bleeds in Teuri island.

White-billed Diver, it was my friend's lifer. He found this individual with exciting.

4th and 5th/May/2011.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Teuri island

There were not so many migration birds in Teuri island,too.

At first, Spotted Seals and Japanese Cormorants.

Many Gold Crest and vast Dusky Thrush (I didn't take photo) were observed....

 Northern Wryneck sang several place.

Latham's Snipe bleeds in this island.

This was only my lifer: Greater Short-toed Lark with a subspecies of White Wagtail ocularis.

Teuri island, Hokkaido. 3th and 4th/May/2011.