Ayajin Port, February 4

Bird News from Tim Edelsten

Predictably, development has come to this picturesque and sunny port, and they have built a park with railings over an area of rocks formerly used by the birds to feed. A look at the harbour and neighbouring beaches found the following:

  1. Brant Goose Branta bernicla. Three in the harbour. There used to be more here in winter but they have concreted over the rocks they used to feed on.
  2. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope. 17 feeding on seaweed in the shallows and rock pools.
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos. Ten or so. Always unusual to see them in the sea rather than on freshwater.
  4. Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha. Several species of anatidae typically associated with inland freshwater seem to be distributed in marine areas the length of the east coast.
  5. Common Pochard Aythya ferina. Two in the harbour.
  6. Greater Scaup Aythya marila. Five or six diving in the harbour.
  7. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus. Two off the north beach.
  8. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator.
  9. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena.
  10. Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis. Four.
  11. Temminck’s Cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus.
  12. Sanderling Calidris alba. Ten or so along the south beach.
  13. Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla. Four or five in the port.


    Presumed Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, © Tim Edelsten

  15. Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris.
  16. Common Gull Larus canus. Two or three present.
  17. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens. One in the port.
  18. Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus.
  19. American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus. One potential sighting under consideration. One or two have been reported here since January 22nd at least.
  20. Vega Gull Larus vegae. There seems to be a huge amount of individual variation within this species in terms of build, streaking, bill size, eye and leg colour, and overall structure. No two gulls look the same!
  21. Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans. One or two possible individuals showed features of this type, including long flesh-colored legs, mostly white head with gradually sloping forehead, longish bill lacking obvious gonys angle, and upright stance.

    Presumed Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, © Tim Edelsten



    Presumed Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans, © Tim Edelsten


  23. Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus.
  24. Taimyr Gull Larus heuglini taimyrensis. Up to ten on the south beach. Once again, a lot of variation within this group- some quite powerfully built, others shorter and smaller.

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