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Asian Rosyfinches on the Not­suke penin­sula, Hokkaido The next morn­ing, an ex­cited guest ges­tic­u­lated from the break­fast ta­ble to­wards a nearby tree. Amaz­ingly, the fe­male Fish Owl was roost­ing in plain sight, barely 10 me­tres away. To see this noc­tur­nal crea­ture at all was a dream come true, but see­ing it by day de­fied be­lief. Yet still Yoroushi Onsen was not fin­ished with us. The lodge’s bird ta­ble was packed with Jays, Marsh and Wil­low Tits, Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers, and Nuthatches. A Brown Dip­per fed in the stream (thereby com­plet­ing my fam­ily set) and the rarely seen Soli­tary Snipe hud­dled be­neath a snow­bank. For­sak­ing Yoroushi was a wrench. Head­ing north we reached Hokkaido’s Okhotsk coast at Abashiri, then birded our way east­wards.

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