As usual the forecasters got it wrong – rain during the night clearing by dawn with sunny skies from noon – alas, rain, rain and more rain.
In fact, it’s still raining now at 19:45! Anyway, I left home at 03:30 in order to catch the dawn and see if any migrants were around at Kabashima.
The conditions meant I could have left at 07:00 and had plenty of time to catch the morning’s action but it’s nice to know I didn’t miss anything by arriving late.
There were many birds calling, but all were skulking until mid-morning when a few began to show. Of interest were Siberian Blue Robin (glimpsed in the undergrowth), Blue-and-white Flycatcher and Tristram’s Bunting. I decided to also check some of the fields around Nomo town (the main township in the area) and turned up a small flock of Chestnut-cheeked Starling as well as a Little Bunting (rare in Japan).
A nice Red-throated Pipit in breeding plumage was active in the fields but very flighty. Finally, as I was about to leave the area, a male Red-bellied Rock Thrush appeared beside my car with a centipede! It quickly disarmed the centipede by plying off its stingers before toying with it a bit more prior to flying off.