Tuesday, 19 October 2010

19/10/11 Hegura-jima, Japan

19/10/10: High cloud with a fresh NE5 becoming hot and sunny by midday although the wind persisted causing the ferry to arrive and then immediately depart. The early morning walk saw some Thrushes arriving at dawn and Finches were on the move again albeit in smaller numbers. Immediately after breakfast, on arriving at the Central Track at the NTT tower, we heard a familiar liquid ‘tuc tuc’ call and quickly located a Radde’s Warbler. Whilst we attracted the attention of one of Aki’s friends, a Pine Bunting flew-in and settled in the tree immediately above the Radde’s Warbler, leading to the dilemma of which to watch first! After such a good start, the remainder of the day proved somewhat quieter, although we still recorded our only (over-flying) Pacific Golden Plover, our first Japanese Green Pigeon and maximum daily count of 4 Blue-and-white Flycatchers, of our trip. There was another ‘no show’ by the Booted Warbler and a vigil at the Observation Platform at dusk failed to produce any sign of the Japanese Robin although a Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler was entertaining as it crept around mouse-like along the fringes of the drinking pool.

Radde's Warbler along the Central Track

Pine Bunting along the Central Track

Male Elegant Bunting

Hawfinch at the Drinking Pool

First-winter Daurian Redstart

Black-eared Kite at the School Field

First-winter Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Preying Mantis

First-winter male Daurian Redstart in the South western Enclosures

Female Daurian Redstart in the South western Enclosures

Olive-backed Pipit in the South western Enclosure

Pine Bunting along the Central Track

Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler at the Drinking Pool at dusk

Species noted:

Streaked Shearwater 50
Cormorant 2
Eastern Reef Egret 1
Grey Heron 4
Mandarin Duck 7
Black-eared Kite 2
Sparrowhawk 3
Merlin 1
Peregrine 2
Pacific Golden Plover 1
Black-tailed Gull 50
Rufous Turtle Dove 6
Japanese Green Pigeon 1
Skylark 3
Olive-backed Pipit 1
Siberian Buff-bellied Pipit 1
Grey Wagtail 3
Amur Wagtail 1
Black-backed Wagtail 2
Brown-eared Bulbul 3
Red-flanked Bluetail 1
Daurian Redstart 50
Siberian Stonechat 2
Blue Rock Thrush 3
Pale Thrush 20
Dusky Thrush 40
Japanese Bush Warbler 6
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler 1
Arctic Warbler 6
Radde's Warbler 1
Goldcrest 30
Blue-and-white Flycatcher 4
Japanese White-eye 50
Eastern Rook 4
Large-billed Crow 4
White-cheeked Starling 1
Brambling 75
Oriental Greenfinch 10
Siskin 500
Hawfinch 6
Black-faced Bunting spodocephala 1
Masked Bunting 1
Pine Bunting 1 ex.
Elegant Bunting 20
Rustic Bunting 3