Monday, November 24, 2014

Visitors from the North Pacific?

Peregrine Falcon

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 24, 2014



Today was a national holiday and I enjoyed a walk around Fukushimagata. (It was a dull day as you can see in the photos, but no rain!) More and more, I'm not surprised when finding birds that I think are from the North Pacific region. The above peregrine is a return visitor, the locals call, "O-hayabusa". (Great Peregrine) I'm sure it is the same one in the same location seen the last few winters. I think it is a Peale's Falcon as in this past post.

Not long after I photographed the "Northern Pacific Peregrine", some "Lesser Canada Geese" flew over. I've reported them before as well as seen here.

I've also included an American Wigeon, which I photographed at Hyoko back on November 8, 2014.

According to my field guides, all these guys are supposed to be rare visitors to Japan. I'm lucky to meet up with them again!


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

American Wigeon 

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

November 8, 2014

Fukushimagata

Lesser Canada Goose

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 24, 2014

Lesser Canada Goose (top) with Bean Goose (below)