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*Hokkaido Jeff's Birding Blog*

A simple blog of birds
I find along my travels
solo and with other birding friends in Hokkaido.
As well,
notes on sightings and fun along the way.


1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack

1. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
2. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
3. Additional 2x teleconverter for Bower

Binoculars & Scopes:
1. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
2. Olympus RCII 10x21 5.1
3. GoSky spotting scope 15-45x60mm F340mm
4. Spotting scope cellphone photo attachment

Books I use:

1. Birds of East Asia (Mark Brazil)
2. Field Guide to the Birds of Japan (Takuya Shonai/Takahide Mizutani)
3. A Handy Guidebook to Birds of Hokkaido (Koichi Ohashi)
4. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and North-East Asia (Tadao Shimba)

Apps & Sites I use:
2. and app for in the field.
3. birdeye app for location of birds near me.
4. avibase
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Birthday Birding

Posted Thursday 14th March 2019 at 19:07 by Otarujef
Updated Friday 15th March 2019 at 05:07 by Otarujef
Trip #: 18
Date: Tue May 08, 2018
Place: Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
Time: 8:00
Weather: Sunny, hot.
1. Nikon D90 w/ multibattery pack
2. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
3. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3
4. Olympus RCII 10x21 5.1
5. Nikon "Monarch" 10x42 6
Birds & number sighted*():
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)*(2)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)*(2)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)*(3)
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)*(15+)
Gray Heron (Gray) (Ardea cinerea cinerea/jouyi)*(3+)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)*(12+)
White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. subcirrus)*(1)
Barn Swallow (Buff-bellied) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis/mandschurica)*(6+)
Siberian Stonechat (Stejneger's) (Saxicola maurus stejnegeri)*(1+)
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)*(1)
Chestnut-cheeked (Starling Agropsar philippensis)*(1)
Oriental Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)*(2)
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata)*(1)
Black-faced Bunting (personata) (Emberiza spodocephala personata)*(1)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)*(2+)
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)(2+)
eBird checklist w/map:

Took my Birthday, and spent the whole day out exploring the Yoichi River path, the tributary, and Cape Moire as well. A lot of new birds spotted. Many first. the Herons and Egrets were beautiful to see. Spotted a few Great Cormorants. Mostly Japanese Cormorants out. The Wagtails were very animated and playful. A good day!

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