Thursday, 1 November 2012

6th October, 2012 Saturday Hegura Day 8

We woke to a slightly cooler early morning, and it remained overcast all day becoming quite humid with a calm W wind. Out by 5.30 and we did our usual walk along the Central Track checking the early morning Thrushes, then on to the Quail trail, Dragons pool, Shrine headland and the School field, three Coal Tits were new arrivals.
After breakfast, we first checked out the shrub area behind the water plant and caught up with a superb male Siberian Rubythroat which gave excellent views. This was the first of 3 Rubythroats we were to see today.
We then walked the S.W. beach and the enclosure but were unable to connect with a report of a Taiga Flycatcher and then we met the ferry at 10.30 as our friend Rob Edmunds was joining us a a couple of nights.
We then tried the School field where a Hobby showed and a new Tree Pipit dropped in and then the Tusaka Fields, and onto the S.W.beach. A fresh arrival of several Rustic Buntings and Olive Backed Pipits. Two Greater White-fronted Geese were flying around looking for somewhere to land. We then managed to obtain some poor views of the Taiga Flycatcher and we found our first Daurian Redstart and Red-flanked Bluetail of the trip and best of all a lifer for me with good views of a Lesser Cuckoo.

Streaked Shearwater 10
Japanese Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 5
White-fronted Goose 2
Teal 2
Mallard 2
Black-eared Kite 1
Hobby 1
Peregrine 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Grey-tailed Tattler
Black-tailed Gull 100
Slaty-backed Gull 1
Japanese Woodpigeon 1
Rufous Turtle Dove 2
Little Cuckoo 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 4
Olive-backed Pipit 10
Tree Pipit 2
Grey Wagtail 2
Black-backed Wagtail 20
Brown-eared Bulbul 4
Siberian Rubythroat 3 males ex.
Red-flanked Bluetail 1
Daurian Redstart 1 male
Stejneger's Stonechat 1
Blue Rock Thrush 5
Pale Thrush 6
Eye-browed Thrush 6
Dusky Thrush 100
Naumann's Thrush 1
Asian Stubtail 1
Japanese Bush Warbler 5
Black-browed Reed Warbler 4
Oriental Great Reed Warbler 1
Arctic Warbler 10
Pacific Warbler 3
Yellow-browed Warbler 2
Goldcrest 25
Blue-and-white Flycatcher 4
Grey-streaked Flycatcher 5
Brown Flycatcher 5
Taiga Flycatcher 1
Narcissus Flycatcher 1
Coal Tit 3
Japanese White-eye 15
Bull-headed Shrike 1
Large-billed Crow 2
White-cheeked Starling 3
Brambling 100
Oriental Greenfinch 30
Siskin 200
Hawfinch 6
Masked Bunting 20
Pine Bunting 1
Chestnut-eared Bunting 3
Tristram's Bunting 2
Rustic Bunting 5
Little Bunting 5
Reed Bunting 1








The Ultimate mega -  male Siberian Rubythroat in the Water Plant scrub

A surprise were these two White-fronted Geese which flew
around the West beach looking for somewher to land.

Adult Black-tailed Gull along the West shore


  Japanese Woodpigeon along the Central Track - Just odd birds were seen.

Our only Hobby of the trip.


Lesser Cuckoo in the Temple Garden

Tree Pipit on the School Field

Skylark on the rocks on West beach

White Cheeked Starling 

Siberian Stonechat of the race stejnegeri 

Female type Blue Rock Thrush along the Tsukasa Fields

Dusky Thrush along the Western shore

 Arctic Warbler at the Tsukasa Fields


Black-browed Reed Warbler at Tsukasa fields


Black-browed Reed Warbler at the Western shore.
Four were seen today


Adult type Yellow-browed Warbler at the Tsukasa Fields.
One of two seen today

The Taiga Flycatcher showed briefly along the Central Track.

Rustic Bunting on the  rocks on West Beach

1stW/Female Black Faced Bunting along the Western shore

 1st W/Female Pine Bunting at Tsukasa Fields

 Siskins feeding at the Tsukasa Fields