Thursday, 16 February 2012

16th February 2012 Karuizawa, Kitanakagami & Sakomato Lake

Little Grebe 2
Grey Heron 1
Great White Egret 1
Wigeon 10
Baikal Teal 2 (a pair) ex.
Teal 200
Mallard 75
Spot-billed Duck 50
Pintail 50
Pochard 10
Tufted Duck 10
Goldeneye 3
Smew 20
Goosander 40
Black-eared Kite 2
Buzzard 2
Coot 6
Snipe 1
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Japanese Green Woodpecker 3 ex.
Jay 2
Carrion Crow 1
Large-billed Crow 2
Eastern Great Tit 15
Coal Tit 2
Varied Tit 2
Willow Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 8
Brown-eared Bulbul 15
Hwamei 3
Wren 1
White-cheeked Starling 30
Dusky Thrush 10
Red-flanked Bluetail 1 male
Daurian Redstart 2 males
Brown Dipper 2
Tree Sparrow 20
Grey Wagtail 2
Japanese Wagtail 2
Brambling 30
Oriental Greenfinch 6
Long-tailed Rosefinch 5 ex.
Meadow Bunting 5

Mt. Asama 

 Saku Lake near Kitanakagami

 Goosanders at Saku Lake

 Drake Smew at Saku Lake

 Drake Baikal Teal at Saku Lake (with female in images 4 & 5)

River Chikuma near Kitanakagami


Adult Long-billed Plover along the River Chikuma

Being poorly illustrated in most popular fieldguides, the delicate patterning of this enigmatic Plover of East Asian braided rivers, ensured that it was far more attractive than anticipated.

 Mt. Asama gently steaming from the crater

 from his expression you get the feeling he failed to find Copper Pheasant too!

 Japanese Macaque or 'Snow Monkey' east of Karuizawa

 Sakomato Lake just east of Karuizawa

 Female Long-tailed Rosefinch at Sakomato Lake

Chinese Hwamai at Sakomato Lake

 Male Daurian Redstart at Sakomato Lake

 Long-tailed Tit at Sakomato Lake

Frozen waterfall near Usuiko Lake