Sunday, February 21, 2016

Japan Feb 2016

Japan Birds

From the airport monorail, Coot, Mallard and 
Tufted Duck. Feral Pigeon of course.

In Zenkoji temple grounds Oriental Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow, Eastern Great Tit, Carrion Crow and Black Faced Bunting. 

Black Kite over towns and forests.

Starlings in murmuration at Obuse, with Common Buzzard close by.

Bramblings in the snow at Kenrokuen gardens at Kanazawa. First group high in trees and confusing from below as could just see white underparts and orange under wings, but later a group on the ground.

Goosander first at Shikawara but later literally dozens on the river down from Takayama, also Spot Billed Duck.

Skylark singing noisily on a tree at Shikawara. Japanese Wagtail piloting a car along the snowy street there.

There are rice paddies so there are Little Egrets.

Wigeon on the shore of Lake Ashi, and a solitary Osprey overhead. Great Cormorants there, distinctive by their white heads.

In a Tokyo park, White Cheeked Starling and a pair of Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers.