This morning I thought I would check out a few places for spring migrants. Firstly I went to Kabashima and later to Karako, both in Nagasaki prefecture. Although there were a lot of birds calling at Kabashima, very few were showing well – most were either skulking or very flighty. That said, there seemed to be quite a few interesting species starting to arrive. I heard one unusual warbler song that I have yet to identify, and also a call from a crake that I didn’t know.
But I used the video function on the 1D-X so hopefully I have them recorded for future identification. A nice male Siberian Rubythroat was there, but it flew off just as I was locking focus on it! Same for a solitary Hoopoe… Karako was better for photography, and I found a pair of Little Ringed Plover that might be preparing to breed there.
Other interesting birds at Karako were Chinese Penduline Tit, Japanese Pheasant, and Black-backed Wagtail. Eastern Great Tit were active among the cherry blossoms as well!