Monday, 22 October 2012

30 September 2012 Hegura Day 2

Dawn with light rain and almost calm W wind. I waited for the rain to ease and had a walk around the harbour area. After breakfast with the weather improving although some drizzle during the day produced classic conditions for a fall of migrants and we were not disappointed with good numbers of Thrushes, Flycatchers and Arctic Warblers etc arrived during the day. We covered the whole of the Island. Steady rain from 4.00 pm, so we called it a day and returned to the Mishuku. Highlights  included a yakutensis Willow Warbler, Lesser Sandplover, 4 Oriental Cuckoos, fall of 30 Arctic Warblers, 60 Grey Streaked Flycatchers and a Chestnut Bunting.

Japanese Cormorant 1
Great Egret 1
Grey Heron 5
Mandarin Duck 4
Teal 7
Mallard 4
Pintail 2
Shoveler 1
Osprey 1
Black-eared Kite 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Lesser Sandplover 1 ex.
Woodcock 1
Snipe 1
Common Sandpiper 2
Grey-tailed Tattler 1
Black-tailed Gull 100
Japanese Woodpigeon 1
Rufous Turtle Dove 1
Oriental Cuckoo 4
Grey Wagtail 10
Black-backed Wagtail 25
Brown-eared Bulbul 4
Siberian Stonechat 3
Blue Rock Thrush 6
Pale Thrush 1
Eye-browed Thrush 30
Dusky Thrush 50
Japanese Bush Warbler 1 +h
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler 1
Oriental Great Reed Warbler 1
Arctic Warbler 30
Pacific Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 1 yakutensis ex.
Blue-and-white Flycatcher 1
Grey-streaked Flycatcher 60
Brown Flycatcher 6
Brown Shrike 2
Large-billed Crow 2
Brambling 80
Oriental Greenfinch 30
Siskin 16
Hawfinch 1
Masked Bunting 30
Little Bunting 4
Chestnut Bunting 1

A party of 4 Mandarin Ducks flying out to sea past the Dragons Pool

Female Shoveller on the Dragons Pool

Female Pintail on the Dragons Pool

Oriental Cuckoo along the Central Track.




Arctic Warbler at the Tsukasa Fields. A good fall of at least 30
birds seen on the Island today and proved to be our maximum daily count.

Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler at the Tsukaua Fields

Kestrel at the North Cape, our only sighting of the trip.


Great Egret over West beach


Lesser Sandplover on West beach



Juvenile Grey Tailed Tattler on West beach rocks


Osprey over West beach


1stW. Brown Shrike at the ploughed field along the West Shore
Two were present along the West shore today

Willow Warbler of the form P.t. yakutensis along the SW beach


Black Backed Wagtail on West beach, good numbers
still present on the island.



A good arrival of Grey Streaked Flycatchers today with at least
60 being seen.

Bramblings along the West beach, their numbers had 
now increased to 80 today