Arrivals and Departures

Bewick's Swan
(Tundra Swan)

Hyoko, Agano City, Niigata, Japan

October 6, 2018


Last night's local news was pretty exciting. They announced that the first swans arrived at Hyoko just before sunrise on Thursday. There were birders with tripods, scopes and cameras there to greet them. I wasn't there but, welcome back!

I went there today. There weren't so many and I saw some that looked pretty tired and hungry. I hope they will find food soon and fatten up before winter. It was a beautiful day with another typhoon approaching and I believe it got up to 30C. Strange to look at winter birds under brilliant warm sunshine.

I found a cross of winter birds and summer birds. A young cuckoo baffles me as well as some ducks. There are many brown ducks with different shaped heads and facial expressions. I fear, I'm a failed birder. I am often disconfident with my choice of words. Please help me, Stu.







Intermediate Egret

Grey Heron


Common Cuckoo

Juvenile



Perplexing Gadwell or Square-headed Pintails?

Mallard

(female)

Pintail?




Egrets til Dusk

Egrets at roost

Niigata, Japan

September 16, 2012


Yesterday Mr Honma took me to a roosting area for egrets. There seemed to be at least 3 kinds: Great, Intermediate and Little Egrets as well as a sprinkling of herons, including Grey and Striated.

We were there from just after 4 til just after 6. It's getting darker earlier but it's still hot. Today is 35c in Niigata. A good day for posting on a blog.