Wednesday, 22 February 2012

22nd February 2012 Arasaki & Sendai River

Little Grebe 3
Little Egret 2
Grey Heron 15
Great White Egret 10
Spoonbill 2
Black-faced Spoonbill 1
Shelduck 10
Mandarin 300 ex.
Wigeon 350
American Wigeon 1 drake
Falcated Duck 4
Teal 25
Mallard 150
Spot-billed Duck 75
Pintail 25
Tufted Duck 3
Osprey 5
Black-eared Kite 15
Hen Harrier 1 male ex.
Spotted Eagle 1 adult ex.
Kestrel 2
Coot 6
Common Crane 2 ex.
Common x Hooded Crane hybrid 3
Hooded Crane 10,000 ex.
Sandhill Crane 1 adult ex.
White-naped Crane 1,000 ex.
Lapwing 8
Dunlin 2
Snipe 1
Vega Gull 10
Oriental Turtle Dove 5
Wryneck 1
Bull-headed Shrike 2
Daurian Jackdaw 5 incl 1 'pied' adult ex.
Rook 100
Carrion Crow 10
Large-billed Crow 150
Skylark 20
Brown-eared Bulbul 6
Japanese Bush-Warbler h
White-cheeked Starling 10
Blue Rock Thrush 1
Tree Sparrow 20
Grey Wagtail 1
Oriental Greenfinch 2
Meadow Bunting 2
Reed Bunting 3

Hooded Cranes at Arasaki

Common Crane G.g. lilfordi at Arasaki

The form involved in East Asia is lilfordi that is paler grey than the nominate form found in Europe.

Black-faced and two Eurasian Spoonbills at Arasaki

Sandhill Crane G.c. canadensis at Arasaki

Whilst widespread in North America it is less appreciated that Sandhill Crane also enjoys an extensive breeding range in northeast Russia. Most are assumed to winter in North America as only a handful have ever been found wintering at Arasaki amongst the flocks of Hooded Cranes.

Common Snipe at Arasaki

White-cheeked Starling at Arasaki

 Drake American Wigeon at Arasaki

Chinese Penduline Tits along the Sendai River

 Adult male Bull-headed Shrike along the Sendai River

 Wryneck along the Sendai River

Mandarin Ducks on a lake just south of the western end of the Sendai River

 Sendai River gently steaming

 Adult Spotted Eagale at Takae along the Sendai River