Friday, 9 November 2012

12th October, 2012 Friday Hegura Day 14

Cool early morning with a light NW wind. Cloudy during the morning, becoming sunny and warm late morning and then cloudy and cooler during the afternoon. Out by 5.35 for the usual pre-breakfast walk to the Dragons Pool. A number of new migrants seen during the day with the highlights being finding a Gray's Grasshopper Warbler coming into the drinking pool and showing well. A fall of at least 12 Elegant Buntings including several fine male birds, a Red-breasted Flycatcher at the North Cape which had just arrived in off the sea and a rarity in Japan. Another decent fall of Daurian Redstarts and Asian Goldcrests many looking very tired and fed on the ground at our feet.

Streaked Shearwater 40
Grey Heron 3
Mandarin Duck 1
Mallard 3
Spot-billed Duck 1
Black-eared Kite 1
Peregrine 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Grey-tailed Tattler 1
Black-tailed Gull 100
Slaty-backed Gull 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 5
Olive-backed Pipit 3
Grey Wagtail 2
Black-backed Wagtail 8
Brown-eared Bulbul 10
Red-flanked Bluetail 2
Daurian Redstart 20
Siberian Stonechat 6
Blue Rock Thrush 4
Brown Thrush 2
Pale Thrush 6
Eye-browed Thrush 3
Dusky Thrush 60
Naumann's Thrush 1
Japanese Bush Warbler 5
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler 1
Gray's Grasshopper Warbler 1
Arctic Warbler 6
Pacific Warbler 1
Yellow-browed Warbler 2+
Asian Goldcrest 40
Blue and White Flycatcher 1 female
Brown Flycatcher 1
Narcissus Flycatcher 1 female
Varied Tit 1
Japanese White-eye 15
Large-billed Crow 2
Brambling 60
Oriental Greenfinch 20
Siskin 70
Common Rosefinch 2
Japanese Grosbeak 4
Hawfinch 15
Masked Bunting 20
Grey Bunting 5
Black-faced Bunting 2
Pine Bunting 3
Chestnut-eared Bunting 1
Tristram's Bunting 4
Elegent Bunting 12
Rustic Bunting 8
Little Bunting 1
Reed Bunting 1

Migrants view of Hegura

North Western shore

Path leading from the N.W. shore towards the lighthouse

Lighthouse view.

Octopuses caught and being dried.

Slaty-backed Gull with juvenile Black-tailed Gull.

Slaty-backed Gull off the Southern beach.

Adult Black-eared Kite near the School.

Male Daurian Redstart in Harbour Park.

Dusky Thrush along the N.W. shore

Arctic Warbler along the Central Track

Yellow-browed Warbler at the Tsuaska fields



Gray's Grasshopper Warbler at the drinking pool

Goldcrests feeding around our feet at the Tsuaska fields.

Female/1st W. Narcissus Flycatcher still at the drinking pool.


Female Elegent Bunting near the North Cape.


Adult male Elegent Bunting at North Cape.



1stW. Tristram's Bunting near the School field. 



Adult male Pine Bunting showing well at Tsukasa 

Common Rosefinch at Tsukasa fields.


Hummingbird Hawk Moth in the Doctor's garden.


Preying Mantis along the Central Track - during our stay, Preying
Mantis trapped and killed a Goldcrest and a Siskin.