Aomori—Hokkaido

Written by seabird-tanoi

Mar. 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 and sometimes sunny
Temperature : around 3℃
Wind speed : around 5 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 
Temperature : around 3 ℃
Wind speed : around 3 m/s

Although it was not colder than February, the wind was cold on the sea.Warm clothes were still necessary for us.
The number of Auklets was small….That was a bit unfortunate. Because we expected to be able to observe large flocks of Auklets.However, it was fortunate that we could observe migratory birds (For example, Goose and Skylark) going north.

Bird List

  • Greater White-fronted Goose (29)
  • (Goose sp.)
  • Whooper Swan (65)
  • Tundra Swan (9)
  • (Swan sp.)
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Greater Scaup
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Long-tailed Duck ?
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Black-throated Loon
  • Black-footed Albatross (6)
  • Streaked Shearwater (8)
  • Pelagic Cormorant
  • Great Cormorant
  • Japanese Cormorant
  • (Cormorant sp.)
  • Grey Heron (1)
  • Red Phalarope
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Glaucous-winged Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Brunnich’s Guillemot (18)
  • Ancient Murrelet (59)
  • Least Auklet (1)
  • Rhinoceros Auklet (157)
  • Carrion Crow
  • Eurasian Skylark (1)

Others

  • Northern Fur Seal
  • Dall’s porpoise

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