Hokkaido – Aomori

Written by seabird-tanoi

Feb. 25-26, 2017 Hokkaido – Aomori

We on boarded the Silver Ferry (Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisya,LTD.).

DAY 1 :
We departed Aomori (Hachinohe port) at 8:45 am and arrived at Hokkaido (Tomakomai port) at 16:00 pm.
Weather : cloudy with occasional snow
Temperature : around -1 ℃
Wind speed : around 6 m/s

DAY 2 :
We departed Hokkaido (Tomakomai port) at 9:30 am and arrived at Aomori (Hachinohe port) at 18:00 pm.
Weather : fine with occasional snow
Temperature : around 3 ℃
Wind speed : around 8 m/s

It was very cold, I needed down jackets, woolen hats and gloves………
We mainly observed Gulls, Murrelets and Auklets.

Observed species list

  • Greater White-fronted Goose (125+)
  • Common Pochard
  • Greater Scaup
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Black-necked Grebe
  • Black-throated Loon
  • Laysan Albatross (2)
  • Pelagic Cormorant
  • Japanese Cormorant
  • Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Brunnich’s Guillemot (31)
  • Pigeon Guillemot ? (1)
  • Ancient Murrelet (220+)
  • Least Auklet (27)
  • Crested Auklet (32)
  • Rhinoceros Auklet (2)
  • Black kite
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Carrion Crow

Others

  • Northern Fur Seal
  • Dall’s porpoise ?

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