This afternoon I visited Azamidani again to see if any interesting migrants were passing through. No special birds there, but the usual summer breeders and residents were very active. Also in the pond was a pair of Western Japanese Common Toad which were busy mating and generally making a nuisance of themselves, causing the birds to be more wary than usual. Today was also the first time I have observed a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker actually drink at the pond, although they are always feeding around it. Another interesting observation was a Japanese Shrew-mole carcass on the trail…not sure what killed it but unusual that it was exposed on the path like that…. Japanese hikers often take their dogs with them even in national parks, so maybe a small dog was the culprit.