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Neil Davidson
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2017... how many new birds at the half way point (passerines)
I decided to split this six-month review into two sections to prevent it being overly long and this is effectively becomes the passerine section. If the non-passerines had a wintery feel, all the big stuff seems so long ago, then the passerine post is more ...

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Fairy Pitta
I'd been thinking of going to look for Fairy Pitta at the weekend but decided to have a lazy couple of days at home after a string of full 48-hour Hegurajima trips recently. However I didn't have to go to work today and as the rainy season officially starte...

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2017... how many new birds at the half way point (non-passerines)
Looking back at annual additions to my Japan list over the past 10 years shows some striking ups and downs. 2010 stands out as a miserable effort numerically with just Pied Wheatear and Ferruginous Flycatcher; both on Mishima. While 2014 provided a bumper c...

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Two-barred Greenish Warbler? How about Arctic (borealis ssp)?
Last Sunday (June 4) was the first chance for the ferry to get out Hegurajima after a productive-looking low pressure system over the Sea of Japan had created a strong three-day airstream from the continent. There were no photographers with bazooka lenses s...

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Tiger Shrikes and Manchurian Bush Warblers
Late migrants were still pouring through Hegurajima last weekend (Sunday June 4th), Kamchatka Leaf Warblers were abundant, I had three Manchurian Bush Warblers and saw three or four Tiger Shrikes. There were at least five of the latter on the island. There ...

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Kamchatka Leaf Warbler
The number of Kamchatka Leaf Warblers in Kanazawa at the weekend was amazing. It's probably not a stretch to say there were hundreds of birds in the park I was surrounded by singing and calling birds everywhere I went. There was no tail-off in vocalisation ...

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Black-naped Orioles
I've heard a few spring migrant Black-naped Orioles on various islands over the years but they are a real pain to see. In fact I've only ever seen one in Japan, the very first I tried to see. Last week I saw two; twice. Then this weekend one or two more! I ...

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Isabelline Wheatear plus odds and ends
I've already had exceptionally good views of Isabelline Wheatear in Japan and didn't immediately rush off when I first heard about this bird on the beach towards the southern end of Hegurajima Sunday. It was in the exact spot I saw my first wheatear species...

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Chinese Bush Warbler...? No, but what then?
On Hegurajima last Sunday with just an hour left before ferry departure time I came across this warbler. It was a strikingly 'different' bird in the field and I felt unlike anything I had experience of. My thoughts were of a bradypterus (now locustella ) wa...

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Two one-day trips to Hegura... part two
Even more than yesterday I was keen on finding my own birds rather than chasing other people's in the short time I had. Nevertheless I was still lucky enough to bump into two Black-naped Orioles on two occasions without putting in the effort many others had...
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