Friday, 16 November 2012

15th October, 2012 Monday Hegura Day 17

A cooler morning with a strong NW breeze which persisted all day, but otherwise fine and sunny. Our early morning walk was quiet on the bird front. After breakfast with our usual cold eggs, we birded the Tsukasa fields with the highlight being a 1stW. Chinese Grosebeak, a new lifer for me, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers were still present and yet another good arrival of at least 60 Daurian Redstarts, and 50 Elegant Buntings. A surprise was a Long-eared Owl which arrived in off the sea and the Japanese Buzzard was still on site. A Carrion Crow which was a tick trip was first seen on our early morning walk and then later we had it leaving South over the harbour heading towards the mainland.

Streaked Shearwater 10
Great Cormorant 1
Japanese Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Grey Heron 4
Teal 1
Pochard 2
Black-eared Kite 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Japanese Buzzard 1
Peregrine 1
Snipe 1
Black-headed Gull 2
Black-tailed Gull 150
Vega Gull 2
Slaty-backed Gull 6
Rufous Turtle Dove 2
Long-eared Owl 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Skylark 2
Olive-backed Pipit 2
Black-backed Wagtail 8
Brown-eared Bulbul 6
1 Red-flanked Bluetail 2
Daurian Redstart 60
Siberian Stonechat 6
Blue Rock Thrush 5
Japanese Grey Thrush 1 male
Pale Thrush 5
Dusky Thrush 50
Naumann's Thrush 1
Japanese Bush Warbler 5
Black-browed Reed Warbler 1
Arctic Warbler 8
Yellow-browed Warbler 3
Goldcrest 30
Great Tit 1
Japanese White-eye 20
Carrion Crow 1
Long-billed Crow 1
Brambling 50
Oriental Greenfinch 15
Siskin 60
Chinese Grosbeak 1 1stW. male
Hawfinch 50
Masked Bunting 6
Grey Bunting 1
Pine Bunting 2
Elegant Bunting 50
Tristram's Bunting 2
Rustic Bunting 15
Little Bunting 1
Reed Bunting 1

View from the school field over Harbour Park to the Harbour


Grey Heron taken in evening sunlight near the harbour.

Adult Black-eared Kite near the school


Japanese Buzzard at Middendorff's Marsh

Long-eared Owl arriving over the North shore


Common Snipe at Harbour Park.

Shows the distinctive under-wind pattern which identifies it
from other Snipe which occurs on Hegura.

Arctic Warbler at the drinking pool

Yellow-browed Warbler at Tsuaska

Male Daurian Redstart near the school field.

Male Daurian Redstart at Tsuaska
60 of these Redstarts were on the Island today.

Male Siberian Stonechat 

Adult Dusky Thrush at Tsuaska




Pale Thrush at the drinking pool.

Naumann's Thrush still in the enclosure.

Brown-eared Bulbul near the drinking pool.

Male Elegant Bunting 

Male and Female Elegant Buntings at the drinking pool

Female Elegant Bunting at Tsuaska
Fifty were present on the Island today

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

Male Rustic Bunting at Tsuaska fields
Still 15 were seen today.

Male Brambling at Tsuaska

1stW. male Chinese Grosbeak at the school field