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Neil Davidson
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Blue Concrete Thrushes
The status of Blue Rock Thrush has changed markedly during my time in Japan; when I first arrived it was an almost exclusively coastal breeder as implied by its Japanese name of Iso Hyodori. Inland records were limited to the occasional bird that wintered o...
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Taiga and Red-breasted Flycatchers wintering in Osaka
I don't think a winter ever passes without at least one Red-breasted Flycatcher in residence in one of the Osaka parks. Big parks, small parks, it doesn't seem to matter. In some years there may be as many as three wintering in different city parks and as I...
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Odd moult timing for Eastern Marsh Harrier?
After birding in Mie the day before, I drove up to northern Lake Biwa and up one of the dead end roads into the forested hill to grab some sleep before dawn. Glum might be a fitting way to describe the morning; the hills were weighed down by low, immobile c...
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Still no gulls in Mie
I'd hoped to get across to Tsu city more often from early November to check out the Taimyr Gull passage but there were always other things getting in the way. I had already seen a few incidental Taimyr on October 20th but my two gulling focused trips (Nov 1...
Still no gulls in Mie
Still no gulls in Mie
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Hegurajima: November 1st
There have been an amazing four national firsts this autumn, two of them on Hegurajima; Claudia's Leaf Warbler and Amur Paradise Flycatcher. Though no doubt the latter has been overlooked in the pre-split past. The last week of October saw continuous strong...
Hegurajima: November 1st
Hegurajima: November 1st
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Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Back from the last Hegurajima trip, I heard there was a Pheasant-tailed Jacana at the north end of Lake Biwa. I'd previously only seen one in Japan, in an Osaka park a few yeasr ago, so I was keen to catch up with this bird. I was on site at dawn and was su...
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
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Hegurajima: October 11th-13th
My second two-night stay on Hegura this month (October 2018), and ride of place on this trip has to go to Siberian Accentor; a lifer. For some reason I always failed to see this species, even when there have been several on the island, even when they've bee...
Hegurajima: October 11th-13th
Hegurajima: October 11th-13th
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Hegurajima: October 3rd-5th
I was delightedly surprised to be able to get reservations at the minshyuku Tsukasa at short notice. Four nights for the following week and two nights a week later, most early Octobers I can't get a room at such short notice. I was far less delighted... or ...
Hegurajima: October 3rd-5th
Hegurajima: October 3rd-5th
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Great Frigatebirds
I've twice bumped into frigatebirds in Japan and though neither were close enough to identify to species that never stopped me adding frigatebird sp to my Japan list. So, I'm now in the position where these Great Frigatebirds aren't numerically a japan tick...
Great Frigatebirds
Great Frigatebirds
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Spectacular Red-necked Phalarope passage
The recent long staying Nordmann's Greenshank seemed to have finally moved on the last time I was in Mie (Sept 21) and it was a less rare wader species that grabbed the headlines that day. Red-necked Phalarope is anything but rare in Japan but unless you ta...
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