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March 2, 2013

Ranshima Beach

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Hokkaido Birding 2013.

Yesterday I decided to have a day off from the ski resort and go to Ranshima Beach and hopefully to see the beach covered in snow and maybe photograph a couple of birds I had not seen before. I set off about 9am on the bus to Kutchan and then had to catch the Otaru train. When I got off the train, the station was deserted so I walked down the road towards the beach.

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Ranshima Beach looking South

When I reached the road along the beach, I could not get onto it because there was about a meter of snow covering it. So I had to walk along the road until I found a track that took me onto the beach. There was some black sand where the tide had come up but the rest of the beach was covered in snow. That was different.

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Ranshima Beach looking north

There were a few boats at the end of the beach all covered in snow but it was deserted. No-one around at all. I guess the fishing is not so good at this time of year!

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Coastal cliffs

Towards the south, there are some big cliffs that drop straight into the sea, all covered in snow.

Slaty-backed Gull
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

I think these are Slaty-backed Gulls. There a few gulls up here that are very similar, but this is my best guess.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

I was hoping to see some Large-billed Crows but this is all they had. Unfortunate name. 🙁

Goosander (Mergus merganser)

They are called Goosander in Asia and in North America they are known as the Common Merganser.

Japanese Tit
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)

The Japanese Tit are a tiny DNA permutation away from the Great Tit, which extends their range to somewhere like Siberia.

Harlequin Duck
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

Ranshima Beach bird list

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisgus)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor)

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