Wednesday, 15 February 2012

15th February 2012 Karuizawa

Grey Heron 2
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
Jay 3
Large-billed Crow 2
Eastern Great Tit c.25
Varied Tit 2
Willow Tit 5
Long-tailed Tit 2
Wren 2
Nuthatch 2
Pale Thrush 1
Dusky Thrush 15
Red-flanked Bluetail 5 ex. (2 males)
Daurian Redstart 1 female
Brown Dipper 8
White Wagtail 1
Oiental Greenfinch 5
Japanese Grosbeak 12 ex.
Meadow Bunting 1

 Kose Rindo

After another evening blizzard we again tried the upper Kose Rindo

 Dam in Yacho-no-mori

Despite the snowy conditions a pair of Brown Dipper were seen nestbuilding at the dam

 DC again searching for Copper Pheasant in Yacho-no-mori

 Nice reflections but little else to be seen at the Yacho-no-mori pond

 The bird garden at Shobitu Onsen

 Eastern Great Tit and Oriental Greenfinches at Shobitu Onsen

 Squirrel at Shobitu Onsen

 Eastern Great Tits at Shobitu Onsen

Japanese Varied Tit at Shobitu Onsen

The form on Honshu is the nominate P.v. varius that is the geographically most widespread occuring from northeast China, Korea, the Kurils and Japan.

 Japanese Grosbeaks at Shobitu Onsen

 Pale Thrush at Shobitu Onsen

In East Asia a migrant that's breeding and wintering ranges both overlap with those of Pallas's Leaf Warbler. Will it ever be prone to westward vagrancy...

 Wren at Shobitu Onsen

 Red-flanked Bluetail at Shobitu Onsen

The active volcano Mt. Asama dominating the Karuizawa sunset