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2020 February 24
Fishing ports at Choshi and Hasaki areas (Chiba, Ibaraki)
波崎,銚子エリアの漁港(千葉,茨城)

Gulls on a rock at far distance

American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)
I visited the fishing ports around Choshi and Hasaki areas again.
On contrast to the last visit, the sight was clear without any fog, but the number of gulls was very fewer and they were resting at far distance. Since the day I visited was the last day of the three continuous holidays and there was no fishing boat in operation.
Thanks to the small number of gulls, I found a first-winter American Herring Gull resting on a small boat.
Since the sight was well, I found a Red-throated Loon floating at the far disitance.

The birds observed were;
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Stejneger's Scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri)/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri),
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata stellata),
Red-necked Grebe (Holboll's) (Podiceps grisegena holbollii), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis),
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

オナガガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ビロードキンクロ, クロガモ, ウミアイサ, アビ,
アカエリカイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, クロサギ, カワウ, ウミウ,
トビ, オオバン, ウミネコ, カモメ, ワシカモメ, シロカモメ, セグロカモメ, アメリカセグロカモメ,
オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, キジバト, ハシブトガラス, ムクドリ, イソヒヨドリ
2020 February 22-23
Birding Trip around Inbanuma Marsh & Inashiki area (Chiba, Ibaraki)
印旛沼&稲敷エリア探鳥(千葉,茨城)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), pairs

Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos)

one family of Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) & one Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii)

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)
We visited some birding spots around Lake Inba-Numa (Inba-Numa) in Chiba Prefecture and Inashiki area in Ibaraki Prefecture.

On the first day, I toured alone for the previewing. On the second day, I joined the tour members and went around the sites together.

When I visited on the first day at Lake Inba-Numa, it was fine without wind.
I heard songs of Japanese Bush-Warblers, Japanese Tits, and Meadow Buntings. The song of a Japanese Woodpecker was heard from the forest near the lake, too.
In the lake, there were many Falcated Ducks. Most of them were acting in male and female pairs.
I saw a big flock of ducks on the other side of the lake. Later, I checked nearby and confirmed that they were Mallards and Baikal Teals.
There were buntings (Meadow, Rustic, Common Reed) in the bushes and reed fields along the lake shore, and there were Long-tailed Rosefinchs and Japanese Bush-Warblers in a small forest.
On the next day, the flock of the Baikal Teal disappeared. They might have left the site flying with the strong south wind which blew in the afternoon of the previous day. We saw only one Baikal Teal only.
During the observation, the north wind became stronger. The birds became not very active and were hiding inside the bushes. The Long-tailed Rosefinches did not appear clearly, but we could observe the pair that stopped on the tree after a while.

On the first day, I visited Motono Hakucho-no-sato near Inba-numa.
This is a paddy field where many swans gather in winter. Unfortunately most of the swans had left by the middle of February, and there were one family of Whooper Swan and one Tundra Swan were left and observed.
We skipped this site on the second day.

The next site was Edosaki's goose protection area.
It is the only regular wintering site of Taiga Bean Goose near Tokyo and is protected by local volunteers.
At this site, most of the geese had left, and only 32 individuals were observed.
Usually we can observe ducks in the water channel beside the site, however, due to the strong wind, there was no duck.
Many herons were staying still beside the banks of the rice field avoiding strong winds.
We found many ducks at the shore of Lake Kasumigaura that were avoiding strong winds as well.

At the lotus field in Nishi-no-su reclaimed land and Ukishima, we looked for wintering shorebirds.
On the first day, I found two flocks of Long-billed Dowitcher and a flock of Dunlin.
On the second day, we found many kinds of species such as; Black-winged Stilt, Northern Lapwings, Common Snipes, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshanks, Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Temminck's Stints.

On the evening of the second day, we observed harriers (Eastern Marsh, Hen) roosting into the reed field of Ukishima.

The birds we observed are;
- at Inbanuma Marsh
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- at Motono Hakucho-no-sato
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

- at Edosaki's goose protection area
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

- at Nishi-no-su reclaimed land
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),

- at Ukishima
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii), Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

キジ, オオヒシクイ, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ,
ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, モモイロペリカン, カワウ,
コチョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ハイイロチュウヒ, ハイタカ, オオタカ, ノスリ, オオバン,
セイタカシギ, タゲリ, ムナグロ, タシギ, オオハシシギ, ツルシギ, アオアシシギ, クサシギ, イソシギ, オジロトウネン, ハマシギ,
セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ドバト, キジバト, カワセミ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ,
シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2020 February 22
Izumi Nature Park (Chiba)
泉自然公園(千葉)

A pond in Izumi Nature Park

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
I visited Izumi Nature Park (Izumi Shizen Koen) in Chiba Prefecture.
This park is 43 hectares in size and is located in Wakaba Ward, Chiba City, and makes full use of its abundant nature and multifaceted landscapes like hill, forest and ponds.
The park was seriously damaged by the Super Typhoon in October 2019. There were many land slips and broken trees, and the restoration works was undergoing. Thus some trails were off limited.
In spite of such the circumstance, there were many birds such as woodpeckers (Great Spotted, Japanese Pygmy), thrushes (Dusky, Pale), Masked Buntings, etc.
Especially there were many Mandarin Ducks in the ponds. I saw the flock over 50,

The birds observed are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus), Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, キジ, オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, オオバン,
キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, メジロ, シロハラ, ツグミ, シメ, アオジ
2020 February 20
Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
東高根森林公園(川崎)

Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)

Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)
I visited Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Higashi-Takane Shinrin-Koen) located in the center of Kawasaki.
There are mistletoes (Viscum album subsp. coloratum), and Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica) visits this park aiming the seeds of these trees at the end of winter.

At the park entrance, there was a flock of Long-tailed Tit.
I searched for Masked Bunting in the bush along the small stream where we usually watch the bird very well. However I found only one this time.
In the ponds, there were a Little Egret in the breeding form and many Eastern Spot-billed Ducks including one Mallard and one hybrid of Eastern Spot-billed and Mallard.
I looked for White's Thrush.
Instead, I found a Goldcrest which I did not expect to see in this site.
According to a birder I met, a White's Thrush was observed in the early morning. I could not see it during my observation.
The birder told me that he saw a Eurasian Wren as well. I could see this bird fortunately.
A lot of photographers gathered around the tree with the mistletoe attached, taking photos of two Japanese Waxwings pecking the mistletoe fruit. On the way back to the exit of the park, I saw Japanese Waxwings again.
At that point, a beutiful Red-flanked Bluetail appeared and attracted very much.

The birds observed (* recorded by other birders) are;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Hybrid, Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
*Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
*White's Thrush (toratugumi) (Zoothera aurea toratugumi),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

マガモ, カルガモ, マルガモ, コサギ, カワウ, *オオタカ, ドバト, キジバト, コゲラ, ハシブトガラス,
ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ,
*トラツグミ, シロハラ, ルリビタキ, ハクセキレイ, シメ, アオジ
2020 February 18
One-day Trip around Yokohama area
横浜エリア1日探鳥(神奈川)

Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)

Brown-headed Thrush (orii) (Turdus chrysolaus orii)
We visited the suburbs of Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

At first, we visited Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park (Sakaigawa Yusuichi Koen).
There were some photographers aiming Common Kingfisher or Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae).
In the paddy field near the park, we found a Common Kestrel perching at a telephone pole.
I looked for American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus). However probably due to many photographers in the field, I did not see.
Then, we moved to the park.
In Sakawa River near the parking lot, there was heavy equipment in the river and the restoration work was taking place, and there was no Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus) regularly seen in this point.
In the ponds, there were not many ducks. We saw some Mallards, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Eurasian Teals, and a female Smew.
In the reed field around the pond, some Brown-cheeked Rails were calling actively. We heard a Ruddy-breasted Crake as well. While searching for them, the tour leader with sharp eyes spotted a Brown-cheeked Rail and a Common Snipe.
Near the path along Sakai River, a Japanese Bush-Warbler was singing well.
There were many buntings in the farm field adjascent to the river. Most of them were Rustic Bunting. There were some Meadow Buntings. The tour leader found a Little Bunting among the flock of Rustic Buntings.
In the river, there were some Black-backed Wagtails and Common Sandpipers.
Green Pheasant, the common resident in this field, did not appear during our observation.

The next site was Maioka Park (Maioka-Koen).
We searched for Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera) in the forest, and Woodcock and Eurasian Wryneck (Japan) (Jynx torquilla japonica) at the wetlands, which are the regular wintering visitors in this field.
I got information from a photographer I met that a woodcock was seen closely during the afternoon of that day, and I found the bird foraging in a relatively close open space as he said.
This woodcock was there all the time while our stay at this site.
We waited the appearance of a Eurasian Wryneck (Japan) (Jynx torquilla japonica) which had been recorded at this point, but it did not appear during our observation.
Instead, We saw a Brown-headed Thrush, that is also one of the winter visitors in this field.
We also watched some Masked Buntings closely.

The birds we observed (* by other birders) are;
- Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), *Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla/Schoeniclus pusillus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- at Maioka Park
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Brown-headed Thrush (orii) (Turdus chrysolaus orii), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, クイナ, ヒクイナ, バン, オオバン, ヤマシギ, タシギ, イソシギ, ドバト, キジバト,
カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, ガビチョウ, ハッカチョウ, ムクドリ, オオアカハラ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ,
ホオジロ, *コホオアカ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2020 February 17
Onoji (Machida, Tokyo)
小野路(東京町田市)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)





Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba)

Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus)
Onoji is located in Machida, Tokyo, and is designated as an area that preserves Tokyo's historical heritage and nature. The hills and valleys are intricately terrain, forming a landscape of satoyama, consisting of hilly coppices and cultivated paddy fields and wet grasslands in the valleys, and various wildlife inhabit. To preserve this natural environment, it is managed using the traditional agricultural techniques.

I visited this site for the first time in about a quarter of a century, but it seemed that the landscape at that time seemed be maintained, except for a little part of the site.

Upon the information about the visit of Japanese Waxwings on this site, I checked a point with many mistletoe.
I checked the mistletoes one by one, but there was no Japanese Waxwing.
Near there, Masked Buntings and Warbling White-eyes were busy moving in a small tree beside the road.
From there, another mistletoe parasited trees were seen beyond a vallay, and two Japanese Waxwings were found at the tip of the tree.

Then, I walked on the narrow paths in the hilly area, and heard the call of Japanese Green Woodpecker and saw a Eurasian Jay.
At the wide paddy field in a valley, a Great White Egret flew, and a Bull-headed Shrike called loudly. At a grassland, aflock of Japanese Tits were foraging in the reeds.

There were small number but many species of birds were observed at this site.

The birds observed were;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, ダイサギ, ノスリ, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, シメ, アオジ
2020 February 15
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)



Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)



Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) & Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) & ducks

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Wild-Bird Center (Kohoku Yacho Center) in Siga Prefecture.

Since the weather forecast was fine, I visited the Center and Mt. Yamamoto to meet the Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus). Although the air was warm, the weather was cloudy and rather dark in contrast to expectation.

When I arrived, there were Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) still in the lake and Taiga Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) nearby, and I initially spent time observing them.
A flock of Taiga Bean Geese suddenly flew with loud voice and I managed to flock it. As the flock flew around, the individuals on the water or island responded by voice.
I could fortunately find two Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) among them. It was two years ago when I saw these birds here last time.

The Steller's Sea Eagle had already took breakfast at 7:00 am and the bird already perched on the branch near the roosting position. Considering the lack of the wind, I thought that the chance of observing the flight of the eagle should be low and only waited 1.5 hours in front of the eagle. It was fortunate (at least for me) that crows spent some time around the eagle, and eagle finally reacted them by calling against the sky. The scene attracted photographers and cameras fired. I could nevertheless obtain a voice record of this event.

It was warm enough and Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) were singing everywhere.
When I returned to the Center, I could see Black-necked Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) foraging in a group.
I also saw a flying flock of Dunlins (Calidris alpina) but didn't see them on tetrapods nor gulls usually resting on them.
Although I spent sufficient time near the shore, I didn't see so much variety of ducks. They might have dispersed due to the lack of wind.

List of species (* by the Center staff):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
*Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), *Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), *Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), *Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
*Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
*Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
*Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), *Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
*Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), *Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), *Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), *Mew Gull (Larus canus),
*Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
*Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
*Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオハクチョウ, *オオヒシクイ, マガン, オカヨシガモ, *ヨシガモ, *ヒドリガモ, マガモ,
カルガモ, オナガガモ, *コガモ, ホシハジロ, *キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, ミコアイサ, *カワアイサ, ウミアイサ,
*カイツブリ, *カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, *オオバン,
タシギ, イソシギ, *ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, カモメ, *トビ, ノスリ, アオゲラ, カワセミ, モズ, *ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, メジロ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, *スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ,
カワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2020 February 14
Fishing ports at Choshi and Hasaki areas (Chiba, Ibaraki)
波崎,銚子エリアの漁港(千葉,茨城)

Ducks in fog

Red-necked Grebe (Holboll's) (Podiceps grisegena holbollii)

Gulls gathering on tidal flat

Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) &
Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis)

Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae) & Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus)

Gulls gathering at fishing boat

Stejneger's Scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri)/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri)

Black-legged Kittiwake (Pacific) (Rissa tridactyla pollicaris)
I visited some fishing ports around Choshi and Hasaki areas, such as Choshi Port (ChoshiKo) and Hazaki Port (HazakiKo).
The weather was warm with no wind. I don't have much experience watching gulls without enduring the cold and strong winds.

At first, I visited IIoka fishing port which is located south west of Choshi.
There were not many seabirds.
This year, on the shores of the Tokyo area, as many Black Scoters were observed as in Hokkaido, it was easy to see Black Scoter here as well, which is usually only a few. Others were the flocks of Greater Scaups and Common Pochards, and grebes (Red-necked, Great Crested, Black-necked).

Then, I moved to Togawa area.
The fishing ports was shrouded in deep fog. I could see only the flocks of Greater Scaups and Black Scoters swiming nearby and a few Vega Gulls flying in the deep fog.
In the fog, the sad calls of the invisible Black Scoters were heard.

At the grassland between Kurohae Fishing Port and No.3 Port of Choshi, there were many Dusky Thrushes gathering.
I glanted a big bird looked like Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica) running into and hid in the bush but it did not appear again.

At the next point, Choshi Fishing Port No.3, it was also shrouded in deep fog, too.
However, on a small tidal flat where wastewater mixed with fish chips from a nearby marine processing company is flowing, I could see closely many gulls (Black-headed, Black-tailed, Vega, Slatty-backed, Glaucous, Glaucous-winged, Mew) which were gathering and searching the food.
While watching at the tidal flat, the fog became cleared, and I moved to the center of the port. Though I was worried that the fishing today was cancelled due to the deep fog, there were several fishing boats carrying a huge number of fishes just returned back.
Arround those fishing boats, a huge number of gulls were gathering and flying.
I looked for Black-legged Kittiwake and Thayer's Gull (Larus glaucoides thayeri). However, I only found one Black-legged Kittiwake resting on the breakwater there.
There were some Stejneger's Scoters, which is uncommon species in Tokyo area but many has been observed in this winter.

At Hazaki Fishing Port, there were almost same species as Choshi Port. I found a Black-legged Kittiwake closely.

The birds observed were;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica), Harlequin Duck (Pacific) (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus),
Stejneger's Scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri)/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Red-necked Grebe (Holboll's) (Podiceps grisegena holbollii), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis),
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Lesser Black-backed Gull/Siberian Gull (Larus fuscus/Larus heuglini taimyrensis),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus), Black-legged Kittiwake (Pacific) (Rissa tridactyla pollicaris),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

マガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, シノリガモ, ビロードキンクロ, クロガモ,
ウミアイサ, アカエリカイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, ウミウ, ヒメウ,
トビ, オオバン, ウミネコ, カモメ, ワシカモメ, シロカモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
タイミールセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ミツユビカモメ, キジバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ツグミ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ, ホオジロ
2020 February 11
Jike Hometown-village (Yokohama)
寺家ふるさと村(横浜)

Jike Hometown-village
"Jike Hometown-village", or "Jike Furusato-mura", is located at the north-west of Yokohama City.
There are several long narrow paddy fields, called as "Yatoda", which were made on small valleys sandwitched by hills of miscellaneous trees.
At the end of these small valleys, there are small tranquil reservoirs.
This area maintains the rural scenery of traditional Yokohama.

The weather was fine but the field was quiet.
Several Masked Buntings came and went between the edge of the rice fields and the slopes of the forest next to them, and a Japanese Bush-Warbler was also seen in the same place.
In the paddy fields, I found some Rustic Buntings and White-cheeked Starlings.
As I approached a grassy rice field, I saw a Brown-cheeked Rail rushing into the grasses.
In the reservoirs, there were one Tufted Duck and two Little Grebes only.
In the forest, I heard a Japanese Green Woodpecker calling and a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker druming, and saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I visited Myofukuji Temple where there were many mistle trees and waxwings visiting the trees previously.
Most of the mistle trees were cut but some still remained. However, there was no sign of waxwings.

The birds observed were;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, キンクロハジロ, カイツブリ, クイナ, キジバト, コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ,
モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ,
メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2020 February 10,20
Garyu-zan Park in Suzaka City (Nagano Prefecture)
須坂市臥竜公園(長野)

Garyu-zan Park

Blambling (Fringilla montifringilla) and Orientak Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica)

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)

Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), male

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), female

Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma)

: All photos by T.Endo
This is a report by T.Endo about birding at Garyu-zan Park in Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture.

I visited Garyu-zan Mountain Park to look for an invading species, Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea), which had been recorded about a month before in this area for the first time.
Fortunately I could found a small flock of the birds on the ground under evergreen trees Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum).
It is interesting to note that another notorious invader, Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus), had been spotted last year for the first time in a mountain very close to this mountain. These species seem to be expanding their breeding areas year by year.
The Garyu-zan Mountain, covered with red pine trees, is a popular birding spot for Goldcrests (Regulus regulus), and I watched the birds among mixed flocks of Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Poecile varius), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) and Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki).

A female Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) stayed in a mountainside pond for this winter among flocks of Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha).

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black Kite (Milvus Migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Carrion Crow(Corvus corone, Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Poecile varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus),
Brown-eared Bulbul(Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea),
Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusty Thrush (Turdus naumanii),
Daurian Redstart(Phoenicurus auroreus),
Oriental Greenfinch(Carduelis sinica),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

マガモ,カルガモ,オシドリ,アオサギ,ダイサギ,トビ,コゲラ,ハシボソガラス,カケス,
シジュウカラ,ヤマガラ,ヒガラ,コガラ,キクイタダキ,ヒヨドリ,エナガ,メジロ,
ソウシチョウ,トラツグミ,シロハラ,ツグミ,ジョウビタキ,カワラヒワ,アトリ,セグロセキレイ
2020 February 09
Cemetery Tama (Tokyo)
多磨霊園(東京)

Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)

Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)
I visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) in Fuchu City, Tokyo.

It was cold but Japanese Tits and Grey-capped Greenfinch were singing well. They looked be noiticing the coming spring.
Soon we will be able to listen to the song of Japanese Bush-Warblers.

I searched for a White's Thrush (toratugumi) (Zoothera aurea toratugumi) which regularily winters in this site, but I did not see it. Maybe because of the warm winter, It might not come down from the mountains to the lowlands.

In contrast, Red-flanked Bluetails were found at several places.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)?
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)


ハイタカ? ドバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ルリビタキ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ,
2020 February 08
Nishi-takasegawa (Kyoto Prefecture)
西高瀬川(京都)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata) & Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)



Eurasian Wigeon x Northern Pintail (suspected) & Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Eurasian Wigeon x Northern Pintail (suspected)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nishi-takasegawa in Kyoto Prefecture.

I visited here again to search for the reported hybrid duck (supposed Eurasian wigeon x northern pintail).
I initially searched the course as on January 30.
There were Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope), Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) and some more other ducks as usual, but couldn't find the target bird.

When I was returning to the starting point, I met a birder who knew the location of the hybrid duck -- it was rather distant from what I had heard.
I moved to the location and immediately found the bird.
It was initially found foraging on the ground with Eurasian Wigeons. It then moved to the river and swam, and again foraged in the water.

There were many Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus) foraging on the glasses along the river.

List of species:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Eurasian Wigeon x Northern Pintail (suspected), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, ヒドリガモxオナガガモ雑種(推定), カルガモ,
カイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, コサギ, オオバン, イシシギ, カワセミ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, キセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ

2020 February 06
Kawagoe Aquatic Park(Saitama)
川越水上公園(埼玉)

Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon)

Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)
Kawagoe Aquatic Park (Kawagoe Suijo Koen) is one of the bigger summer aquatic parks in Saitama.
The Iruma River flows beside this park, and the river forest is a good habitat for winter birds.

We looked for a Chinese Grosbeak/Yellow-billed Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria migratoria) with information that was observed a few days ago.
There was a flock of Hawfinch on the ground, and were some tits (Japanese, Long-tailed) and Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers eating fruits of ivy.
A large flock of Japanese Grosbeak was foraging on the ground a short distance away. We searched for a Chinese Grosbeak in the flock, but couldn't find it.

The birds we observed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, ミコアイサ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, シメ, イカル, カシラダカ
2020 February 06
Akigase Park(Saitama)
秋ヶ瀬公園(埼玉)

Wetland in Akigase Park

Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)
We visited Akigase Park (Akigase-Koen).

When we arrived at the park entrance, we could not enter the park since the gate was closed. When the Super Typhoon hit last autumn, the park played another role as the returding basin to prevent flooding of Arakawa River aside, and was seriously damaged by complete submersion, and the damages had not yet been recovered.
We looked for the access road to the birding site, and we drove a narrow road in the paddy field of Okubo and parked at the place where we could not go further due to the obstructions shutting the road.
We walked inside the park. It was my first experience such a day without any persons in the park.
Probably due to the strong cold wind, there were only a few birds, too.
Wetlands in the park had more water left than the ordinaly winter. In the pond, several Northern Shovelers were turning in circle and foraging something with their broad bills on the surface of the water.

The birds we observed are;
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

ハシビロガモ, コガモ, キジバト, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, タヒバリ,
オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2020 February 05
Shichirigahama Beach (Kanagawa Prefecture)
七里ガ浜(神奈川)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)>

Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae) & Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Black-tailed Gulls (Larus crassirostris) & Black-headed Gulls (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus)
I visited Shichirigahama Beach near Kamakura and Enoshima to see seabirds.
I saw many Black Scoters. This winter, many Black Scoters, rare in ordinal winter, have been observed.
Among the Black Scoters, there was a Surf Scoter, a rarity in Tokyo area.

I moved to Enoshima Island.
At the fishing port, there were some Great Crested Grebes and Greater Scaups.
There was no seabird at the south coast of the island.
At the yoht harber, there were a flock of gulls resting avoiding strong wind.

The birds observed are;
- at Shichirigahama Beach:
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae)

- around Enoshima Island:
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

スズガモ, アラナミキンクロ, クロガモ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, トビ, オオバン,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ハシブトガラス, ムクドリ, ハクセキレイ
2020 February 04
Wild Nature Plaza (Aichi Prefecture)
ワイルドネイチャープラザ(愛知県)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)



Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Wild Nature Plaza in Aichi Prefecture.

We visited again to see the Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca), which has been staying here for months.
The leaves had fallen and the bird had become much easier to locate.

The appearance of the bird looked somewhat different from that we saw in last November: the puffy appearance below the chin became less apparent. It might have been due to molt.
The bird busily moved from branch to branch and it was again a difficult target to image.

We then visited a pond in the Plaza, where a Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni) and a Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca) could be expected. While we were waiting, these birds didn't appear.
We could see a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), which was fishing from its favorite branch.
It was a warm day and Japanese Bush Warblers (Horornis diphone) were singing here and there.
Instead of the expected species, we saw an Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) soaring on warm sky three times.
We then moved again to the location of the Lesser Whitethroat and observed it until the Sun became lower.

List of species:
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

ハイタカ, トビ, カワウ, カワセミ, モズ, キジバト, コゲラ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ,
ツグミ, シロハラ, ジョウビタキ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, エナガ, ウグイス,
コノドジロムシクイ, ホオジロ, アオジ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ
2020 February 04
Yoro Park (Gifu Prefecture)
養老公園(岐阜)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus)

Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii)

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Yoro Park in Gifu Prefecture.

Following information of a Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria), we visited Yoro Park.
The snipe was not seen on the previous day and it didn't appear during our visit.

In the stream, there was a Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii), which must have already started incubating eggs.
There were also wagtails, both Grey and Japanese.
Under pine trees we saw Olive-backed Pipits (Anthus hodgsoni) flying as people approached.
Thrushes were relatively abundant and we saw several Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus).

We moved to a place near Makita River, where Japanese Waxwings (Bombycilla japonica) had been reported.
There was a row of trees hosting mistletoes and we indeed found about 20 Japanese waxwings.

List of species:
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata)

キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, ヒレンジャク, カワガラス, ツグミ, シロハラ, ジョウビタキ, ウグイス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, メジロ, キセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ, カシラダカ, イカル

2020 February 02
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)



Lecture of the World Wetlands Day

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) & Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Wild-Bird Center (Kohoku Yacho Center) in Siga Prefecture.

There was an event celebrating the World Wetlands Day, which was held in Biwako Waterfowl & Wetland Center and Kohoku Wild birds Center.

In contrast to my previous visit, there were full of Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) in front of the Center (they had not returned yet) and I initially observed these swans and bean geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii).

After a lecture of 40 min, members attending the meeting went to the shore of the lake and observed water birds.
After this, there was a lecture by Sugawa-san, who talked on satellite tracking and ringing studies of ducks.
After that, Sugawa-san talked on the World Wetlands Day, and introduced a naturalist-artist who lived near Kabukuri-Numa Marsh in Miyagi Prefecuture. We enjoyed beautiful illustrations of this deceased artist.
At the end, he introduced the success of the recovery project of the Aleutian Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia).
He is now finalizing a book dedicated to the story of this recovery project and introduced the cover design of the book (the illustration were also drawn by the same artist).

Tundra Swans still stayed even after the lecture (it was probably due to the very calm weather).
The Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) was on the perch and I visited this eagle for an hour.
Due to the windless condition, the eagle didn't move much, but I could hear the call twice.

List of species (* by the Center staff):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
*Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), *Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
*Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
*Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
*Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi), *Mew Gull (Larus canus),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
*Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
*Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ,
*カワアイサ, カイツブリ, *カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, *キジバト, *カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, *オオバン, ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, ズグロカモメ, カモメ,
ミサゴ, トビ, コゲラ, カワセミ, モズ, *ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, エナガ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, *スズメ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2020 February 01-03
Niigata area (Niigata Prefecture)
新潟エリア(新潟)

Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii)

Ogata Mizu-to-Mori Park

Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis)
; photo by H.Usui

Fukushimagata Lagoon

Eurasian Teal/Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca/Anas carolinensis)
; photo by H.Usui

Ducks in Pond Hyoko

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) among Northern Pintails (Anas acuta)
I visited some birding spots with the members of Fureai Baird Watching Club.

On the first day, we headed towards Asahi-ike Pond (Asahi-Ike) in Joetsu City.
Near the pond, we searched for geese and swans.
This winter was extremely unusual, and there was no snow on the ground.
We saw a flock of Tundra Swan which were foraging in the paddy field but there was no geese.
During birding at the pond, the weather changed like a weathercock, cold rain fell and stopped, and finally hail started to fall with strong wind, which made our birding difficult to continue before watching the roost of geese.
At sunrise of the next morning, we visited the pond in order to see the flights of Greater White-fronted Geese roosting in the pond. However, in the pond, we could not find any geese in the visible area.
When we almost gave up to watch, the geese suddenly appeared and began to fly from somewhere. Some of them flew nearby and we could observe closely.
After observing the geese flight, we check the ducks and grebes in the pond.
Mallad is the dominant as same as the last visit in December, but the numbers of the other species decreased.
We walked in the forest of Ogata Mizu-to-Mori Park adjacent the south of Asahi Pond.
As soon as we started birding, we saw a big flock ob Brambling was moving inside the forest.
When walking inside the park, there were some tits (Japanese, Varied), a flock of Goldcrest, and a flock of Eurasian Siskin. Since we have no chance to see such a flock of Goldcrest, we enjoyed their cute behavior very much.

In the afternoon, we moved to Fukushimagata Lagoon in Niigata City.
On the way, we saw many flocks of swans and some flocks of Rook.
At Fukushimagata Lagoon, we walked the road at the southt side of the lake.
In the reed fields, there were many Common Reed Bunting and Eurasian Tree Sparrows, and a few Long-tailed Rosefinches and Meadow Buntings.
Some Rustic Buntings jumped up from the ground to the trees, when we approached them.
In the lake, there were a big flock of Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha).
At the west side of the lake, we waited for geese coming back for roosting in the lake. At the sunset, we saw several groups returning to the lake.
In the early next morning, we waited the sunrise at the west south corner of the lake.
From the lake, the calls of ducks gradually became loudly, and when it became brighter, Great White Egrets flew off one after another.
Eastern Marsh-Harrier, Black Kitesi, and Eastern Buzzards also begun to fly obove the lake.
After a while, Taiga Bean Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese and swans flew away against the background of snowy mountains in the morning sunlight.
In the water channel, there were many kinds of ducks such as Eurasian Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Falcated and Smews.
Then we moved to the observation tower located at the east of the lake.
From the tower, we saw many ducks and some swans in the water and some geese (Taiga Bean, Greater White-fronted) on a island.
Among the huge number of Eurasian Teals, we found a Green-winged Teal and some Baikal Teals.
A White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla) did not appear during our observation.

After Fukushimagata Lagoon, we drove to Pond Hyo-ko (Hyo-Ko) in Agano City.
We were able to get close to the birds and observe in detail.
We could find a Lesser Scaup, which is the regular winter visitor, easily.
We found several hybrids of American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon.

The birds observed are;
- around Asahiike Pond:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- at Fukushimagata Lagoon:
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Eurasian Teal/Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca/Anas carolinensis), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina)?
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- at Pond Hyo-ko:
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca americana x Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

オオヒシクイ, マガン, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリxヒドリガモ,
マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, コガモ, アメリカコガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カワアイサ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, チュウヒ, ハイタカ, オオタカ, ノスリ, バン, オオバン, タゲリ, ハマシギ? セグロカモメ,
ドバト, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, カケス, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, キクイタダキ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, スズメ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, アトリ, カワラヒワ, マヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2020 February 01
Himeji City Zoo (Hyogo Prefecture)
姫路市立動物園(兵庫)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about Himeji City Zoo in Hyogo Prefecture.

I visited again this zoo to meet the Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus).
This time I asked when the bird would be fed and tried to capture the behavior at the time of feeding. I also learned that the bird was a rescued one and and was brought to this zoo in 2006.

In the morning, the Crested Honey Buzzard moved from the perch to the corner of the cage where sand is laid. This time I saw the bird digging the ground (as if it were digging for a wasp nest). After digging a bit, it returned to the perch. The bird repeated this several times.
I again ate in front of the bird to see whether the voice on my previous visit was related to my eating behavior. The bird again issued the voice, and my expectation was confirmed.

After some time, the bird walked to the water basin. The bird tried the water several times (it was probably a bit cold for this bird), and finally decided to take a bath. After bathing, the bird returned to the perch and shook. But the day was probably too cold for a summer migrant hawk, and the bird held one of the feet inside and shivered. At this time, the bird became inactive and didn't issue voice when I ate again.

I then moved to see a flight display of a Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus).
This time, the hawk didn't well follow the instruction of the trainer (the bird probably liked her too much to fly) and fell on the ground. The display was recovered by another trainer and the bird succeeded the display by finishing the flight through a hoop.

When I returned to the location of the Crested Honey Buzzard, it was already dried and perched in a normal position (it didn't shiver anymore).
The bird was fed at 4:00 pm. The trainer put minced chicken meet, but the bird looked indifferent initially.
Some time after, the bird started eating. The behavior of eating meet was not very different from other hawks. But it didn't eat much, and flew to the perch in front of me and started calling in low volume.
The bird was probably satisfied by eating, got warmer and became more active. After listening to the bird's "conversation" for about ten minutes, it became calm again. When I was to leave the position, a surprise occurred. The bird flew from the perch and held onto the wires of the cage.
It looked to me that the bird would miss someone to leave. The voice was tender and I felt that the bird was affectionate.
2020 January 30
Tatara Marsh (Gunma)
多々良沼(群馬)

Flock of Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)

Swans

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Lesser Black-backed Gull/Siberian Gull (Larus fuscus/Larus heuglini taimyrensis)
After birding at Watarase Retarding Basin and Mikamoyama Park, we moved to Tatara Marsh (Tatara-Numa) together with young birder, R.Kinomura.

Swans were still abundant and dispersed throughout the Lake.
The number of ducks seemed fewer than tha last time.
The water level had risen since the last visit and the tidal flat had disappeared, and there was no wader that we expected.
There was a gull with yellow leg (L.h.taimyrensis) that is the regular wintering visiter at this site.

The birds observed were;
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Lesser Black-backed Gull/Siberian Gull (Larus fuscus/Larus heuglini taimyrensis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ,
トビ, オオバン, ホイグリンカモメ (タイミールセグロカモメ), キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ
2020 January 30
Watarase Retarding Basin, Mikamoyama Park & Itakura paddy field (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki)
渡良瀬遊水地,三毳公園&板倉たんぼ(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Watarase Retarding Basin, covered with morning mist

Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)
We visited the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).

The day we visited was quite different from the cold weather with snow and cold rain two days ago, and it was a warm day, with the temperature rising to nearly 20 degrees Celsius, which was unusual for this coldest time. When we arrived at the site, the temperature was close to 5 degrees Celsius and the ground was not covered with frost, in contrast to the usual winter with the temperature below zero and frost.

Recently, a Short-eared Owl (Northern) (Asio flammeus flammeus) was observed early in the morning and evening, so we first looked for this bird. The scene of the site was fantastic, covered in dense morning fog. Larks and buntings were singing like early spring, probably thanks to the warmth.
Unfortunately, no owl appeared, so we moved to the lake and searched for waterfowls.
The lake was drained as same as the usual winter time to improve its water quality, with little water remaining, and the waterfowls concentrated in the distant puddle. Since it was too far away, it was difficult to identify ducks other than Great Egrets.

Then, we birded while driving in the basin.
Though most roads were closed due to the damage of the typhoon the last visit, we could drive the most of the roads.
The number of Green Pheasants and hawks seemed be less than usual probably due to the harmful effects of the typhoon flooding the entire basin remained.
Buntings (Meadow, Rustic) were found abundantly along the road.
Long-tailed Rosefinches were also observed in two places.

After Watarase Retarding Basin, we visited Mikamoyama Park.
It was quiet and we saw only a few birds.

At the paddy fields in Itakura, we saw a flock of Rook.

At sunset, we returned to Watarase Returding Basin again and watched hawks roosting. A Hen Harrier flew close for a while, so we enjoyed its beautiful appearance.
After seeing several Eastern Marsh-Harriers and one Hen Harrier roosting, we left the site.

The birds observed are;
- at Watarase Returding Basin Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- at Mikamoyama Park Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- at Paddy fields in Itakura Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

キジ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, カンムリカイツブリ, ダイサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, コチョウゲンボウ, トビ, チュウヒ, ハイイロチュウヒ, ノスリ, オオバン, タゲリ, キジバト,
アカゲラ, モズ, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ,
ベニマシコ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2020 January 30
Nishi-takasegawa (Kyoto Prefecture)
西高瀬川(京都)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nishi-takasegawa in Kyoto Prefecture.

This small river is known for the high number of ducks in Kyoto urban area.
The number of Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata) is known to be high compared to other locations in Kyoto.
I indeed saw many Falcated Ducks as well as other ducks, such as Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope), Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) etc.
I saw a copulating pair of Eurasian Teals.
Although the number of ducks is high, the river is surrounded by human residence and noisy traffic, including a highway. Such a condition, however, is more or less inevitable for birding in urban region of Kyoto.

I suddenly saw a bird flying away from the bank of the river as I approached, and it turned out to be an Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). The bird perched on a tree on the other side of the river, and crows mobbed.
Rather surprisingly, ducks and wagtails didn't appear to be scared and behaved as usual.

List of species:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, キジバト, カワウ,
アオサギ, コサギ, オオバン, ハイタカ, カワセミ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, シメ

2020 January 27
Kushiro Zoo (Hokkaido)
釧路動物園(北海道)

Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica)

Long-tailed Tit (Japan) (Aegithalos caudatus caudatus/Aegithalos caudatus japonicus)

Asian Wood Nuthatch/Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica)
We visited Kushiro Zoo near Kushiro Airport.

Surprisingly many wild birds were observed here.
For wild birds lacking food during winter season, feeding for birds in the cages may be very much attractive.

The birds observed are (*by other birder);
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
*Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator), Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Long-tailed Tit (Japan) (Aegithalos caudatus caudatus/Aegithalos caudatus japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Wood Nuthatch/Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

トビ, オジロワシ, オオワシ, ドバト, エゾアカゲラ, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ハシブトガラ, シマエナガ, ヒヨドリ, シロハラゴジュウカラ, ツグミ, イスカ, ウソ
2020 January 26
Minakami Pond (Nara Prefecture)
水上池(奈良)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nara Palace Site (Heijokyu-Ato) and Minakami Pond in Nara Prefecture.

This site is relatively silent and I considered it a suitable location to listen to or record the voice of water birds.

Upon arrival, I soon found a white bird -- a Smew (Mergellus albellus) within a somewhat enclosed corner and was surprised at the proximity of the bird.
In the same place I saw also female birds.
These birds were seen through the fence and I moved to the open location when I watched water birds in my last visit.
I saw distantly a male Smew and I initially thought that the bird was identical to the Smew I initially saw, and observed it distantly. There were female Smews and the number of Smews apparently increased since my last visit.
While I took a lunch on the shore, Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra) and Northern Shovelers (Spatula clypeata) gathered and apparently expected something. They moved away when I finished eating.

This time, I saw Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata) on the distant side of the pond.
I finished observing (I thought so) and moved to check whether a mute swan (Cygnus olor) was present, but I soon realized that the many ducks were in the closure and the smews in the were different from the one I observed distantly. I again started observing near the enclosed corner. There were gaps of the fence and I could observe smews very closely. Eurasian teals (Anas crecca) were calling loudly. Females also called and they were apparently forming pairs now. I moved to the northern part of the pond, but didn't find the mute swan. I again returned to the corner and observed smews and Eurasian teals.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, オシドリ, ハシビロガモ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ,
アオサギ, オオバン, カワセミ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, シロハラ,
ウグイス, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, メジロ, カワラヒワ

2020 January 26
Joyo-shi and Kusauchi, Kyotanabe-shi (Kyoto Prefecture)
城陽市,京田辺市草内(京都)

Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)



Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Joyo-shi and Kusauchi in Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture.

It was rainy in the morning.
On the way to the location, I could see the Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana) from the train.

When I arrived, it was still dark after rain, but Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus) were calling from a paddy field near the human residence.
In the first pond, I saw three Long-billed Plovers (Charadrius placidus) as usual.
In the second pond, there were not many ducks. Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) were foraging on the dried part of the pond and Little Grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis) were in the water.

In the third pond, I found a Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) relatively closely and mainly took videos of this bird with a hope to record the voice (but it didn't call during a short flight). The bird was busy foraging.
There were also Buff-bellied Pipits (Anthus rubescens) as usual, and probably thanks to the warm weather passerine birds were rather active.
Japanese Wagtails (Motacilla grandis) and Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) were singing.

I regularly checked the field during observation of the Green Sandpiper but couldn't find Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) at the expected location. After an hour, a flock came down on the same paddy field where I saw these birds on the last visit. A total of 9 birds were foraging and took rest.
Probably due to the unfavorable weather for walking, there were no passengers and the birds were probably not annoyed by human activity. I observed these lapwings fully and left this place.

List of species:
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

コウノトリ, コガモ, カイツブリ, カワウ, アオサギ, ケリ, タゲリ, イカルチドリ, クサシギ, トビ, モズ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, エナガ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2020 January 26
On-nemoto & Cape Nosappu (Hokkaido)
湯根元&納沙布岬(北海道)

Rock where Rock Sandpiper (Pacific Coast) (Calidris ptilocnemis couesi), where appear
After Ochiishi Cruise on the third day of the birding tour in Doto Area, I visited On-nemoto and Cape Nosappu together with local guide and inn owner, Mr.Takano.

There are some rocks at the shore of On-nemoto where Rock Sandpipers (Pacific Coast) (Calidris ptilocnemis couesi) often appear in winter.
When we reached, there was one Steller's Sea-Eagle on the rock but no sandpiper.

Then, we moved towards Cape Nosappu. On the way, we looked for Gyrfalcon/Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus) and Rough-legged Buzzard/Rough-legged Hawk (Siberian) (Buteo lagopus menzbieri), which had been recorded on this route.
At Cape Nosappu, there is a habitat for Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus) and Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile) on the criff. However, Peregrine Falcon might have appeared, there was no cormorant there.
On the rock where Rock Sandpipers appeared last winter, there was no sandpiper.

The birds observed are;
- at On-nemoto
Harlequin Duck (Pacific) (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

- at Cape Nosappu
Harlequin Duck (Pacific) (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

シノリガモ, クロガモ, ヒメウ, オオワシ, シロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ
2020 January 26
Ochiishi Nature Cruise (Hokkaido)
落石ネーチャークルーズ(北海道)

Fishing boat for Cruise

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba columba) at right
and Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo) at left

Common Murre (North Pacific)/Common Guillemot (Uria aalge inornata)

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus)
On the third day of the birding tour in Doto Area, I participated Ochiishi Nature Cruise.

There was concern that the ship was canceled due to the snow and strong winds the previous night, but in the morning the wind stopped and the cruise was carried out as scheduled.
The day was the coldest in this winter, and the two-hour cruise was very cold, but many seabirds appeared. In particular, there were a lot of Black Scoters, Spectacled Guillemots. Pigeon Guillemots (C.c.columba), and Common Murres.
We also hoped to see Ancient Murrelet, Least Auklet, and Crested Auklet (Aethia cristatella), but only a few Ancient Murrelets and two Least Auklets appeared.
Instead of Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile) on the rock where the cormorants are often seen, a flock of Asian Rosy-Finch foraging on the grass on the rock surface was observed.

The birds observed are (* by other birder);
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Harlequin Duck (Pacific) (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus),
Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri/Melanitta stejnegeri), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata stellata),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Common Murre (North Pacific)/Common Guillemot (Uria aalge inornata),
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba columba), Pigeon Guillemot (Commander Islands) (Cepphus columba kaiurka),
Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo),
Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus), *Least Auklet (Aethia pusilla),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Asian Rosy-Finch (brunneonucha) (Leucosticte arctoa brunneonucha)

オオハクチョウ, キンクロハジロ, シノリガモ, ビロードキンクロ, クロガモ, コオリガモ, ホオジロガモ, ウミアイサ,
アビ, ヒメウ, オオワシ, ワシカモメ, シロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ウミガラス, ウミバト, アリュウシャンウミバト,
ケイマフリ, ウミスズメ, コウミスズメ, ハシブトガラス, ハギマシコ
2020 January 25
Hon-bekkai, Odaito & Notsuke Peninsula(Hokkaido)
本別海,尾岱沼,野付半島(北海道)

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), 26 years old

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) & Dunlins (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica)

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

Tip of Notsuke Peninsula
On the second day of the birding tour in Doto Area, I participated the tour visiting Notsuke Peninsula (Notsuke-Hanto).

We stopped over several river mouths or fishing ports on the way towards the peninsula.

At the mouth of Shunbetsu River, there were many Whooper Swans. Among them, there was a swan with an identification ring on her right foot that is said to be 26 years old.
There were several species of ducks (Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye) and mergansers (Common, Red-breasted) on the water and on the shore.
There was also a flock of Dunling, too.
Snow Buntings (Siberian) (Plectrophenax nivalis vlasowae) and other passerines sometimes gather on the shoreside meadows to eat the seeds of the grasses, and a flock of Grey-capped Greenfinches and Common Redpolls (flammea) (Acanthis flammea flammea) was observed that morning, but only one Grey-capped Greenfinch was seen during our observation.
On the far distant on the sea, several Black Brants were observed with the spotting scope.

Among the planting of Mugo pines in Bekkai Minato Park, several Red Crossbills were picking pine cones.

At Odaito Fishing Port, there were many ducks (Tufted, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye), and Red-breasted Mergansers.

Then we drove Notsuke Peninsula.
We looked for Snow Buntings, Asian Rosy-Finch (brunneonucha) (Leucosticte arctoa brunneonucha) Bohemian Waxwing (centralasiae) (Bombycilla garrulus garrulus/Bombycilla garrula centralasiae) in the bushes beside the road, Rough-legged Buzzard/Rough-legged Hawk (Siberian) (Buteo lagopus menzbieri) on the poles, and Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) in the sea.
Unfortunately, we could not see them.
This winter, there was little snow anywhere in Japan, and there was little snow in Doto area of Hokkaido as well. At the same time, a strong seasonal wind blew on the day. Probably due to these bad conditions, they were not active.

The birds observed are (* by other birder);
- at Honbekai Fishing Port
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)

- at Mouth of Nishibetsu River
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

- at Mouth of Shunbetsu River
Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans/Branta nigricans nigricans),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- at Bekkai Minato Park
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica)

- at Odaito Fishing Port
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- in Notsuke Peninsula
Harlequin Duck (Pacific) (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
*Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

- in Nemuro Downtown
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

コクガン, オオハクチョウ, マガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, シノリガモ, クロガモ, コオリガモ, ホオジロガモ,
カワアイサ, ウミアイサ, ヒメウ, トビ, オジロワシ, オオワシ, ノスリ, ハマシギ,
*カモメ, ワシカモメ, シロカモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ドバト, ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, ツグミ, スズメ, オオカワラヒワ, *ベニヒワ, イスカ
2020 January 25
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), bringing a Tufted Duck

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) & Mt. Ibuki

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), a meat bolus was hanging below the eagle

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), a Black Kite passed and the meat bolus fell down

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser), Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) & Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca

Smew (Mergellus albellus)



Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra)

Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) & Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), swooping down to prey

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Wild-Bird Center (Kohoku Yacho Center) in Siga Prefecture.

I visited Kohoku Wild birds Center again.
It was a windy day (more than I had expected).
As soon as I arrived the Center, I looked through the telescope and found that the eagle was not there. I got out of the Center and saw a number of people running toward the lake.
I followed them and saw the eagle soaring above the lake and then returning to Mt. Yamamoto. The eagle carried a large water bird, which turned out to be a Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula).
The eagle passed just above us and soared on the background of Mt. Ibuki (this winter has been unprecedentedly warm and there was almost no snow on this mountain). The eagle then perched on a tree and started eating.
One of the staffs of the Center found through the telescope that the Tufted Duck carried a fishing string. People were anxious if the string had a hook and the eagle might eat it. I moved toward the eagle and was in time for its feast.

The eagle moved to a tree rather difficult to see through and the bird was seen only limited locations.
I stayed there and continued taking videos. As the bird continued eating, a meat bolus fell and it remained connected to the main part of the meat by the fishing string. We observed the bird anxiously.
A Black Kite (Milvus migrans) approached the eagle and the bird flapped the wings to expel the kite. And luckily enough, the meat bolus (probably together with a hook) fell down thanks to the movement of the eagle.
We were relieved to see the scene. It took nearly one hour starting when it caught the duck for the eagle to completely eat it. The bird then flew to its usual position and stood against the wind.

I then returned to the Center and watched water birds.
There were relatively small number of water birds in front of the Center and many gathered near a breakwater to avoid the wind.
Following information that a Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra) was there, I moved to the breakwater and watched the high density of water birds. Among them, Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) were relatively abundant. I also saw a Smew (Mergellus albellus) and Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula).

The wind became mild in the afternoon and these water birds gradually moved to the front of the Center.
The Pacific Reef Heron flew in front of the Center and stayed a short while, and returned to the breakwater. This bird has been observed since last summer, but it appeared only occasionally and I hadn't seen it despite my multiple visits.

I (and probably many observers) didn't expect the eagle to move, since it had fully eating a duck -- it seemed to us enough.
However, the bird took off! It flew to the north and swooped down above a house. It looked like to find something. The eagle then appeared on the sky and flew to a low tree.
Although the aim of the behavior was not apparent initially, the eagle started eating again. It must have caught something near the ground, not in the lake.

Due to the warm weather, Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) had already mostly returned and only 100 birds remained (I didn't see them).

List of species (* by the Center staff):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons),
*Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), *Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
*Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
*Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Pacific Reef Heron (Egretta sacra),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
*Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Mew Gull (Larus canus),
*Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), *Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
*Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, マガン, *オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ,
ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, カワアイサ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, *カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
*キジバト, *カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, クロサギ, オオバン, ハマシギ, *ユリカモメ, カモメ, *ミサゴ, *トビ,
コゲラ, モズ, *ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ,
カワラヒワ, アオジ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2020 January 24
Kushiroshitugen National Park (Hokkaido)
釧路湿原国立公園(北海道)



Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

Ural Owls (japonica) (Strix uralensis japonica)

Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus)
I participated the birding tour in Doto Area, the east part of Hokkaido, which was planned and offered by Nemuro City, Nemuro Chapter of Wild Bird Society Japan, and some local parties.

On the first day, we visited Kushiroshitugen National Park in Hokkaido. the largest wetland in Japan.

I walked around Kushiro Airport.
The area was quiet and I saw only a few birds.

The first site was Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary (Tsurui Tancho Sanctuaryn).
This is the famous for its large number of Red-crowned Cranes gathering in winter.
The cranes were gathering as the 2:00 pm feeding, which was held twice daily, approached. Courtship dances that flourished in February were not seen, but occasionally some individuals sang facing up. The immature birds were calling well in a small voice.

Then we moved into a forest covered with snow.
The Ural Owl (japonica) (S.u.japonica) visiting here at this time of winter were staying this winter again.
A Steller's Sea Eagle calmly flew in the sky. Suddenly, one Northern Goshawk appeared and harassed the eagle. After a while, the number of eagle was increasing to four.

Heading toward Nemuro City, we drove through Kottaro Wetland and along Kushiro River.
I looked for Crested Kingfisher (pallida) (Megaceryle lugubris pallida), but did not see.

The birds observed are;
- near Kushiro Airport
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- in Tsurui Village
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Ural Owl (japonica) (Strix uralensis japonica),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni)

- in Kottaro Wetland
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

オオハクチョウ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, オナガガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ,
シノリガモ, クロガモ, コオリガモ, ホオジロガモ,
カワアイサ, ウミアイサ, ヒメウ, トビ, オジロワシ, オオワシ, オオタカ,
タンチョウ, カモメ, ワシカモメ, シロカモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ケイマフリ, ウミスズメ? コウミスズメ? シマフクロウ, エゾフクロウ, エゾアカゲラ,
ミヤマカケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ハシブトガラ,
シマエナガ, ヒヨドリ, シロハラゴジュウカラ, シロハラ, ツグミ, カワガラス, スズメ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ウソ? シメ, ホオジロ
2020 January 23
Kamo River between Demachiyanagi and Kaguracho (Kyoto)
鴨川(京都市出町柳〜神楽町)

Pair of Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kamo River in Kyoto.

We walked in this region to confirm how the flock of Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) became after my visit on January 2.
The birds were dispersed and some individuals were also seen in Takano River.
The males were fewer than females and these males apparently had finished pair formation and these pairs were seen in separate locations.
The remaining females were seen more scattered than on January 2 and there was no apparent competition among them.
I must have been lucky to see and hear the birds just forming pairs on my previous visit.
Some Common Mergansers were asleep and one of them waked up during our observation and yawned.
Species content of other ducks was more abundant compared to my previous visit.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, オカヨシガモ, コガモ, カワアイサ, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, イソシギ,
トビ, カワセミ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ツグミ, モズ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2020 January 21
Tega River & Lake Teganuma (Chiba)
手賀川&手賀沼(千葉)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Ducks in Teganuma Lake

Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis)
We visited Tega River after Sanbanze Seaside Park and Shin-Urayasu in the afternoon.

This river origins from Teganuma Lake. Its headwaters were originally part of Teganuma Lake, but were reclaimed to become this river. Reclaimed land is a paddy field now.

In this paddy field, some number of Short-eared Owls (Northern) (Asio flammeus flammeus) have been observed this winter for the first time in several years. It is said that this field became their feeding ground because rats had escaped into the paddy fields after the super typhoon last year.
When we arrived at the site, the strong north wind was blowing and it seemed there is no hope to see the owl this evening.
Before evening, we moved to Teganuma Lake and walked along the lake.
Probably due to the strong wind, there were few birds. In the water, some ducks (Mallad, Eastern Spot-billed, Northern Pintail) hid inside the reeds avoiding the strong wind.
Buntings (Masked, Meadow) were also hid inside the bushs.
Two Green Pheasants suddenly flew nearby us and surprised us.
Only many Black-headed Gulls were flying actively above the lake.

On the way back to Tega River, one Peregrine Falcon was staying on the ground avoiding the wind (?).
We waited the appearance of Short-eared Owl, but it did not apear that evening.

The birds observed are;

Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, コブハクチョウ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ,
ハヤブサ, ノスリ, オオバン, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ,
ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2020 January 21
Sanbanze Tidal Flat & Shin-urayasu Coast (Chiba)
三番瀬&新浦安海岸(千葉)

Dunlins (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina), resting and sitting in the depressions

Eurasian Curlew (Eastern) (Numenius arquata orientalis)

Eurasian Oystercatchers (Kamtchatka) (Haematopus ostralegus osculans)

Vega Gulls (Larus vegae vegae)

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia)

Saunder's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi/Saundersilarus saundersi)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), acting like courtship

Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri/Melanitta stejnegeri)
; photo by T.Kawase

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula)
; photo by T.Kawase

Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)
We visited Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) and Shin-urayasu Coast located at the deepest part of the Tokyo Bay.

We arrived at Sanbanze Seaside Park at the time of sunrise.
Dunlins and Sanderlings were were still resting and sitting in the slight depressions on the beach.

As time passed from sunrise, the birds began to fly actively on the shore.
There was a flock of five Eurasian Curlews on a shallow.
While we did not notice when it appeared, one Caspian Tern was sitting in a flock of shorebirds.
This bird had once moved to Mie Prefecture and returned back to this site again.
A Saunder's Gull was in the same flock, too. We found a few Saunder's Gulls on the shore.
We saw many Greater Scaups and Vega Gulls, too.
There was a small flock of Red-breasted Merganser, and the males were acting like courtship.
There were many Vega Gulls, many Black-headed Gulls and some Mew Gulls as well.

Then we moved to Shin-Urayasu Coast.
From the coastal quay, seabirds could be observed. Most of them were Greater Scaups, but there were also one Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoter, some Common Goldeneyes and Eurasian Wigeons.

The birds observed are;
- at Sanbanze Tidal Flat
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Kamtchatka) (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Eurasian Curlew (Eastern) (Numenius arquata orientalis),
Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida), Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Saunder's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi/Saundersilarus saundersi),
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Shin-Urayasu Coast

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri/Melanitta stejnegeri), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

ヒドリガモ, オナガガモ, スズガモ, ビロードキンクロ, ホオジロガモ, ウミアイサ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, オオバン, ミヤコドリ, ダイゼン, ダイシャクシギ, イソシギ, ミユビシギ, ハマシギ, カモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ユリカモメ, ズグロカモメ, オニアジサシ, ドバト, ハシボソガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2020 January 19
Kumeda Pond (Kishiwada-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
久米田池(大阪)

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Herons and Egrets



Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kumeda Pond (Kumeda-Ike) and nearby pond in Osaka Prefecture.

Knowing that an Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) had been staying here, I visited this pond.
The pond was almost dried and there was a small corner with water and birds gathered there.
This was the third time for me to see an Eurasian Spoonbill in this pond, but this sighting was the closest.

Upon arrival, the bird was already foraging in shallow water. I stayed here nearly one hour, but the bird almost constantly moved (foraged, preened, short flight etc.).

There were two places in the pond where herons and egrets gathered, and there were often quarrels among Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) and sometimes among Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea).
Although these egrets and herons flew close to the spoonbill after quarrels, the bird looked indifferent to other birds and continued foraging and preening.

I went around a bit and Grey-capped Greenfinches (Chloris sinica) and feral pigeons were eating something on the dried bottom of the pond.
I used to see Buff-bellied Pipits (Anthus rubescens), but this time I only heard one voice.
On the other side of the pond, there were four Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius), but they were difficult to find due to distance.
I expected to meet wintering shorebirds, but couldn't find one.

List of species::
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

ヘラサギ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ユリカモメ, オオバン, コチドリ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, メジロ, カワラヒワ
2020 January 19
Nara Palace Site (Heijokyu-Ato) and Minakami Pond (Nara Prefecture)
平城京跡&水上池(奈良)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)



Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)



Smew (Mergellus albellus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nara Palace Site (Heijokyu-Ato) and Minakami Pond in Nara Prefecture.

I first visited Heijokyu-Ato where I saw an Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) some years ago.
The site was now filled with grown grasses and it seemed to be difficult to see a wryneck if it had been present. Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hypsipetes amaurotis), White-cheeked Starlings (Spodiopsar cineraceus) and Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus) in turn visited trees to eat berries there, but I couldn't find evidence for a wryneck.

I then walked around the grassy region (this region is preserved and one could not enter) and heard calls of Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) and Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus).
The repeat notes were likely from a Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca).
There was a pond north to this grassy region and I saw a Great Egret (Ardea alba), a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and an Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha).
A path, however, next to this pond was interesting and many Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) were foraging on the path (there were few people walking in this path).
I heard the voice of an Eurasian Wryneck near here, and this species would have been better sought around this pond.

I then moved to Minakami Pond.
This was the first time for me to visit this pond, and was rather surprised to find a Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). According to the web information, this bird has been here for years (of unknown origin) and is called "Kouchan".

There were a number of Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca), many Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and a few Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) resting here.
I then found three Smews (Mergellus albellus) near the center of the pond. These birds approached to my direction later and then flew a short distance to the original position and started preening.
A flock of Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), which had been hidden somewhere on the edge of the pond, moved to the center of the pond and started foraging. Although the density of water birds was not as high as expected, this pond looked a good location if one had sufficient time to walk around the pond.

List of species:
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Ruddy-breasted Crake (Porzana fusca), Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

コブハクチョウ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ,
ダイサギ, アオサギ, ヒクイナ, クイナ, オオバン, シジュウカラ, アリスイ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, シロハラ, ヒバリ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, メジロ, カワラヒワ, シメ,
アオジ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン, ベニマシコ

2020 January 19
Izumi River, Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park & Imada Retarding Basin
和泉川&境川/今田遊水地公園(神奈川)

Izumi River

Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)

Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus)

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis)

Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)

Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax)
I attended a birding walking event held at the middle area of Yokohama City by the Kanagawa Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
We started from Yumegaoka Station of Sotetsu Izumi Line and walked along Izumi River.
Izumi River is a small river flowing in the western part of Yokohama City and is a tributary of Sakai River. The total length is about 10km. The basin in the upper part of this river is urban area, but others are paddy fields and agricultural land. Izumi River is a small river flowing in the western part of Yokohama City and is a tributary of Sakai River. The total length is about 10km. Thanks to this environment, it is a good habitat for the birds.
As soon as, we started to walk, we saw a Blue Rock Thrush and a Common Kestrel near the railway station. It was a good start.
When we reached the river side, a Dusky Thrush and a Bull-headed Shrike welcome us.
We saw a few Common Kingfishers and Common Sandpipers flew on the river.
A few Masked Buntings were foraging on the ground beside the river.
There were some Daurian Redstarts, a Blue Rock Thrush, and a mixed flock of some Japanese Tits and a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker on the fence or tree beside the river.
There were wagtails (White, Grey, Japanese) and Buff-bellied Pipits in the farm fields along the river.
Additionally, a Common Kestrel was perching at a telephone pole in the farm field aiming for prey.

Just before the Izumi River merged with the Sakai River, we walked away from the river and walked in the hill forest of Tenno Moriizumi Park.
In this different environment, different species, such as Pale Thrush, tits (Japanese, Varied, Long-tailed), Hawfinches and Grey-capped Greenfinches, were seen.

Then we moved to Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park.
We checked the birds hiding in the big reed field around the pond.
A Common Snipe was staying still, and Common Coots and Eurasian Moorhenson were walking actively on the ground.
There were many Common Reed Buntings foraging actively in the reeds.
A memebr with good eyes found a Yellow Bittern walking inside the reeds. Since Yellow Bittern is categolized as a summer bird in the Tokyo area, I surprised to see this species in the middle of winter.
Another member found a Brown-cheeked Rail moving in the grasses, too.
In the water, there were a small number but many kinds of ducks.

The last site was a retarding basin named Imada.
There were some ducks (Gadwall, Eurasian Teal, Eastern Spot-billed, Northern Shoveler, Falcated), Littel Greves and Common Coots in the water.
A Black-crowned Night Heron was hiding still inside the reeds.
We searched for a Ruddy-breasted Crake that photographers were waiting for. After a while, the bird appeared from the reeds fortunately.

The birds we observed are;
- Izumi River
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Tenno-mori Izumi Park
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis), Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Imada Retarding Basin
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)


オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ,
ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ノスリ, クイナ, ヒクイナ, バン, オオバン,
イカルチドリ, タシギ, イソシギ, ドバト, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, ホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2020 January 18
Seta River around Nango Araizeki (Shiga Prefecture)
南郷洗堰周辺の瀬田川(滋賀)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) & Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula)

Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) & Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Courtship behavior of Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Seta River around Nango Araizeki in Shiga Prefecture.

This place is one of the most promising to meet Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) in Shiga Prefecture.
The ducks looked as usual near the water dam, most of the ducks floating around were Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) with some Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra).

Down the river, there were shallow regions and the species were somewhat different.
I saw a flock of Gadwalls (Mareca strepera) and Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata).

Further down, I met a flock of Common Goldeneyes.
They were initially resting on the shallow region with Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo). They then moved and started foraging.
It looked like that the birds foraged and they were forced to move downstream by the flow of the river, and then flew back to the upstream and started to forage again. I noticed that the wing noise of flying birds of this species was rather high.
I later saw courtship behavior of some males, but I couldn't hear the voice due to the strong sound from the water dam.

List of species:
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Gadwall (Anas strepera),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, ホオジロガモ, カワウ, アオサギ, オオバン, トビ,
カワセミ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, キセキレイ, ホオジロ, アオジ

2020 January 18
Joyo-shi and Kusauchi, Kyotanabe-shi (Kyoto Prefecture)
城陽市,京田辺市草内(京都)

Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) x ?

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Joyo-shi and Kusauchi in Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture.

Since the end of the last year, an Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana) has been reported to stay for the first time in Joyo-shi.
The bird could be seen from the Kintetsu railway (during my visits to this area on Jan. 1 and 4, I realized that I had sat on the other side of the train and missed the bird).
When I reached the location, the bird stood up and didn't move much. The bird had likely already foraged here.

After seeing this Oriental Stork, I visited Kusauchi to meet Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus).
There was only one Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus) in the first pond, but a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) perched on a nearby pole.
There were more ducks in the second pond than on my previous visits.
Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata) and Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) were the main species. In the third pond, there were Buff-bellied Pipits (Anthus rubescens) as usual.
This time I didn't hear much Emberiza and didn't search them specially.

While looking at the third pond, I saw a Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) calling and flying.
I went to the landing location and found 10 individuals and one Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) foraging together.
There was also a Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) running and then foraging.
These lapwings suddenly flew to the skies, and landed on a somewhat distant place. While I was moving to this direction, I saw a Common Kestrel catching some food and ate it on a nearby house.
I soon found Grey-headed Lapwings close to this location, but their color was very similar to the background. I might have missed them if I had no knowledge of this flock and if there had not been movement.
They flew away, however, when walking people who were unaware of these birds passed nearby.

List of species:
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) x ?,
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

コウノトリ, コガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ雑種, カイツブリ, カワウ, アオサギ, ケリ, タゲリ, イカルチドリ,
トビ, チョウゲンボウ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ,
スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2020 January 16
Miyagase, Kanagawa
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)

Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida)

Eurasian Bullfinch (rosacea) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea)

Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)
We visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) located at west side of Kanagawa prefecture.
When I visited in the end of October, 2019, the site was damaged by the typhoon hit at the middle of October.
The obstractions on the walking trail and the driftwoods on the surface of the lake had been almost cleared.

However the number of wintering birds was fewer than the ordinary winter. This is my first experience that I did not see any Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus) in January.
I am not sure whether this is due to the deteriorating environment by the typhoon or to an unusually warm winter.

After all, we saw many Daurian Redstarts and Red-flanked Bluetails, a flock of Eurasian Siskin, flocks of tits (Japanese, Coal, Varied, Long-tailed), and a small number of Japanese Accentor, Eurasian Bullfinch, Masked Bunting).
We saw two Western Ospreys calling gently.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)? Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)?
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (rosacea) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)


オシドリ, マガモ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, オオタカ, キジバト,
コゲラ, アカゲラ? アオゲラ? カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, カヤクグリ,
オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, アカウソ, アオジ
2020 January 15
Southwestern and southern foots of Mt. Yatsugatake (Nagano, Yamanashi)
八ヶ岳南西&南麓(長野,山梨)

Mistletoe in Yatsugatake Nature & Culture Park



Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Long-tailed Shrike (Taiwan) (Lanius borealis bianchii)

Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
We visited Yatsugatake Nature & Culture Park (Yatsugatake Shizen Bunkaa En) in Hara Village (Haramura), Nobeyama in Nanmoku Village, and Daimon Dam in Kiyosato.

The first stop, Yatsugatake Nature & Culture Park, was covered with snow fell in the night.
We checked the mistletoes everywhere in the Garden, we found several Japanese Waxwings were perching on a conifer. They were flying to and fro between the conifer and a mistletoe parasitizing the adjacent tree.
A flock of Eurasian Siskin was flying in the sky.

Nobeyama was also covered with the fresh snow.
The site condition was changed very much from the last visit on January 05. The bare ground and grasslands were covered with brand new snow.
We looked for Long-tailed Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing (centralasiae) (Bombycilla garrulus garrulus/Bombycilla garrula centralasiae), Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica), Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea flammea), Ural Owl (hondoensis) (Strix uralensis hondoensis), Asian Rosy-Finch (brunneonucha) (Leucosticte arctoa brunneonucha), and Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris).
It became difficult to find them in such the different condition. Fortunately, we saw a Long-tailed Shrike perching on the top of a conifer.
Instead of the Fieldfare, we found a Naumann's Thrush.

At the last site, Daimon Dam, There were Mallards and Mandarin Ducks in the dam lake.
On the forest road around the dam site, there were some passerines such as Rustic Bunting, Long-tailed Rosefinch and Dusky Thrush.

The birds observed were;
at Yatsugatake Nature & Culture Park
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus)

at Nobeyama
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Long-tailed Shrike (Taiwan) (Lanius borealis bianchii),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

at Daimon Dam
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

オシドリ, マガモ, トビ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, オオモズ, カケス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, コガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ,
ハチジョウツグミ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ,
マヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, カシラダカ
2020 January 14
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

Flock of Ducks

House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus)

Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area again.

Construction of the riverbed damaged by the typhoon had begun.
Probably due to this construction, there were very few herons and Great Cormorants that I saw a lot last time.
However, there were many wagtails (White, Jampanese, Grey) and Buff-bellied Pipits.
The number of ducks increased, too. There were many Eurasian Teals and Gadwalls including some other species such as Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Falcated, Common Pochard, and Tufted.
The number of gulls (Black-headed, vega) also increased.
I saw a flock of House Swifts in the sky.
A imature Northern Goshawk and a Common Kestrel were chasing preys.
It was unusual that I did not see any bunting this time.

The birds observed are;
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン, イソシギ,
セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ドバト, キジバト, ヒメアマツバメ, カワセミ, モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, シメ
2020 January 13
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Gulls & Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Wild-Bird Center (Kohoku Yacho Center) in Siga Prefecture.

When I arrived the Center, it was rainy (in contrast to the weather forecast).
We could still see the perched Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) through rain.
Despite this weather, the eagle flew to the lake and caught small fish and ate it.
We also watched three Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus), which were still present in the lake in front of the Center.

After an hour, the rain became apparently over and many birders headed toward the eagle. I stayed near the eagle for an hour. It didn't move much since the bird already ate something in the morning, but called twice.

Since there was no immediate sign of flight of the eagle, I returned to the Center again.
During my stay in the Center, there was voice "the eagle flew" and we followed the movement. I was lucky enough to catch the eagle in return flight to the mountain. It carried small fish again (a high magnification camera caught the scene 1 km distant) and ate it.

The most obvious change in the birds in this region is the decrease of Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra).
Previously, this species was one of the most abundant and often confused with ducks. This time, they were rather rare and the entire species of water birds even looked less populated compared to previous seasons.

List of species (* by the Center staff):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons),
*Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), * Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi), *Mew Gull (Larus canus),
*Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), *Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
*Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, マガン, *オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, *コガモ,
ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, カワアイサ, ミコアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, オオバン, ケリ, ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, ズグロカモメ, *カモメ, *セグロカモメ,
ミサゴ, *トビ, ノスリ, *コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ, ホオジロ
2020 January 12
Himeji City Zoo (Hyogo Prefecture)
姫路市立動物園(兵庫)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla)



Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about Himeji City Zoo in Hyogo Prefecture.

Himeji City Zoo is located in Himeji Castle Park and is convenient from railway stations.
I visited this Zoo to see the Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus).
As far as I know, there are only two zoos in Japan having this species as collections. This species is secretive and difficult to see closely enough in the wild. This zoo may be the best place to see the subspecies orientalis.

The Crested Honey Buzzard was calm and perched close to us, and we could see the bird in detail.
A close-up view showed the densely packed feathers in the head region.
Nearly after an hour when I took a lunch in front of the bird, the bird suddenly started to call in very low volume. It was first time for me to hear such voice from this species.
The bird probably understood my behavior and said "I wish to eat, too". What a cute bird!
When I stood up, the bird also started moving and changed the pose.
It was noteworthy that no feathers floated when the bird preened and fluffed up. Its feather must be very tightly packed to protect the body against attacks of bees or wasps.

The zoo also held Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea).
I could hear the voice of the male following after the female.
There were also White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), presumably a pair, and they often called with loud voice.

In the afternoon, there was a short flight show of a Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus).
The bird succeeded in flying through a hoop and had cheering and clapping by the audience.
2020 January 12
Takao area (Hachioji, Tokyo)
高尾エリア(八王子,東京)

Lesser Whitethroat (Siberian) (Sylvia curruca blythi/Curruca curruca blythi)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)

Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

; all photos by K.Inoue
We visited the Takao area in Hachioji City, Tokyo.

There was a Lesser Whitethroat, a rare stray bird in Japan, in the housing area along a small stream.
The bird was in a small tree at the garden of a house and was moving without a break.

Then we moved to Tama Forest Science Garden (Tama Shinrin Kagaku-En).
This garden was started in 1921 as a Foresty Experiment Station by the Imperial Forestry Bureau of the Imperial Household Ministry. Today, as a branch of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, it carries out development of management and utilization techniques of suburban forests, as well as research on preservation of biodiversity and cherry tree lineages. Also, Cherry Tree Preservation Forests, Arboretums, and the Forest Science Museum are open to the general public to deepen their understanding of forests.
Thanks to many trees such as cherry blossoms and some swamps, this garden is a good habitat for wild birds. This site is popular for birders as the wintering place of Yellow-throated Bunting.
From the entrance, we walked along a small swamp searching for birds. At the place where we usually watch buntings well, we found an adult male of Red-flanked Bluetail with deep blue back and orange side.
In coniferous forests, there were more than 15 Eurasian Jays forming a large flock.
It was hard to see buntings, but there were a flock of Rustic Buntings at the most upstream of the small swamp. One Yellow-throated Bunting was also found in the flock.
While observing them, they had suddenly flew, then a Eurasian Sparrowhawk appeared and chased one of them. But the hunt failed and the prey escaped.
We saw some Pale Thrushes, but none of Dusky Thrush that should be common in the field.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Lesser Whitethroat (Siberian) (Sylvia curruca blythi/Curruca curruca blythi),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

カルガモ, ハイタカ, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, コノドジロムシクイ, ガビチョウ,
ソウシチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, キセキレイ,
カワラヒワ, シメ, カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ
2020 January 11
Pond in Kakegawa city and Kakegawa Bird Park (Shizuoka Prefecture)
掛川市の池と掛川花鳥園(静岡)



Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) & Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) in Kakegawa Bird Park (Kakegawa Kachouen)

Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus) in Kakegawa Bird Park (Kakegawa Kachouen)

Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) in Kakegawa Bird Park (Kakegawa Kachouen)

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) in Kakegawa Bird Park (Kakegawa Kachouen)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at a pond in Kakegawa city and Kakegawa Bird Park in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Following information of a Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), which had been reported in local newspapers, I visited a pond where the shelduck rested.
I visited the pond in the afternoon since it had been reported that the shelduck was absent around noon for foraging.
On the day of my visit, the shelduck was observed to repeatedly fly between this pond and the foraging place in a paddy field. Later on, I knew that the foraging place was disturbed by photographers and the shelduck couldn't forage safely and repeatedly flew between them.
Nevertheless, I could see resting shelduck, which flew to the pond soon after my arrival. The bird took a rest among other ducks, and it appeared to sleep. But it suddenly flew to the foraging place. This time, the bird could safely forage for nearly two hours and I had to wait for a long time to see the second return.
While we were waiting, Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) started calling and there was a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) in the sky.
An Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) also appeared and was mobbed by a crow.

Before going to this pond, I visited Kakegawa Bird Park (Kakegawa Kachouen) to see display of raptors in the morning.
The demonstration included a Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) -- this Park is the only location in Japan to see a demonstration of this species.
There was also demonstration of a Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus), which called loudly and is a rare holding amond Japanese zoos.
There was also flight display of a giant Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), whose flight can be seen only in the low-temperature winter season.
There are other domestic and exotic species, some of which freely fly where people can walk.
This Bird Park is close to a Shinkansen station and would be worth visiting when you have spare time while birding in Japan.

List of species (pond only):
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

アカツクシガモ, マガモ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, カワウ, キジバト, トビ, オオタカ, ノスリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ウグイス, ジョウビタキ, メジロ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2020 January 10
Upper-reaches of Tama River (Hamura, Tokyo)
多摩川上流 (羽村, 東京)

Hamura Intake Weir, damaged seriously; view from Mt. Sengendake

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)
We visited the Hamura area in Tokyo.
We surprised the status of Hamura Intake Weir, Tamagawa River (Hamura Seki).
It was a very good habitats for wintering ducks in the river and passerines in the grass field on the riverbed. In every winter, Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula clangula) had been wintering in this field.
The field was seriously damaged being changed the flow of the river and loosing the grassland on the riverbed by the Super Typhoon in October 2019.
There was no ducks and no passerine. Only wagtails (Japanese, Black-backed Wagtail) were flying here and tehre actively on the riverbed.

We walked the trail towards Mt. Sengendake.
It seemed that the trail was not effected by the typhoon, we could observe tits (Japanese, Varied, Long-tailed), thrushes (Dusky, Pale), Brown-eared Bulbuls, Japanese Bush-Warblers, and a Northern Goshawk.

The birds observed were;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ
2020 January 09
Okutama area (Tokyo)
奥多摩エリア(東京)

Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus)

Lake Okutama

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)

Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida)
We visited the Okutama area.
The weather was calm and warm.

At first, we visited Hibara Forest of Tokyo Citizen (Hibara Tomin-no-Mori).
In this forest, 94 species of birds mainly the birds in the forest have been recorded since 1990.
There were fewer birds than expected probably due to its height (1,000 - 1,500m altitude).
Only Eurasian Jays and Willow Tits appeared well and welcome us.

Then we moved to "Hometown Village of Mountain (Yama no Furusato Mura)", a park located on the shore of Lake Okutama.
On the way, we saw a serow beside Okutama round tour road (Okutama Shuyu Road).
At the park, we visited the visitor's center and got the information. According to the staff, she saw a flock of Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus) near the center in the morning.
And she also told that Mountain Hawk-Eagle (orientalis) (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis) was appearing well at noon, and Copper Pheasant, Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris), Red-flanked Bluetail, and Japanese Accentor were apearing well on the trail inside and near the park.
We checked the point where she saw the Siskins, but they did not appeared.
Instead, there was a flock of Snow monkey.
We did not see the Mountain Hawk-Eagle as well.
However, we saw two females (?) of Copper Pheasant, two Red-flanked Bluetails and a few Japanese Accentors.

The birds we observed are;
- at Hibara Forest of Tokyo Citizen (Hibara Tomin-no-Mori)
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- at Hometown Village of Mountain (Yama no Furusato Mura)
Copper Pheasant (Scintillating) (Syrmaticus soemmerringii scintillans),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

ヤマドリ, ホシハジロ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ, エナガ,
メジロ, ミソサザイ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, カヤクグリ, キセキレイ, シメ

2020 January 05
Nobeyama (Nagano)
野辺山(長野)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus)
We visited Nobeyama after Enrei to challenge to search for Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius borealis bianchii), Bohemian Waxwing (centralasiae) (Bombycilla garrulus garrulus/Bombycilla garrula centralasiae), Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica), Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea flammea) and Ural Owl (hondoensis) (Strix uralensis hondoensis), which were recorded one month ago.

On the way to Nobeyama, we drove the old road. We encountered a couple of Copper Pheasant unexpectedly.

There was only a littel snow in the field, , and the weather was very calm without strong wind which usually blows in this area in winter.
Thank to this calm, at the edge of the forest, flocks of Grey-capped Greenfinch, Meadow Bunting and Rustic Bunting flocks, and flocks of Long-tailed Rosefinch appeared well.

We drove around the field and searched for the Long-tailed Shrike, waxwings and Common Redpolls, but unfortunately we did not encounter them. At the time of sunset, we waited for Ural Owl, but it did not appear as well.

The birds observed were;
Copper Pheasant (Scintillating) (Syrmaticus soemmerringii scintillans),
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

ヤマドリ, キジ, ノスリ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, コガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ゴジュウカラ, ツグミ, スズメ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ
2020 January 05
Enrei (Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture)
諏訪湖近辺(岡谷,長野)

Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica)

Pallas's Rosefinch (portenkoi) (Carpodacus roseus portenkoi)

Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans)
We visited the mountain near Lake Suwa together with young birder S.Niwa.
The trees in the forest were shining white with snow which fell at the night before.
In such a white scenary, a flock of over 50 Red Crossbills flew, and some bright red Pallas's Rosefinches were seen, which was very stunning.

The birds we observed are;
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Pallas's Rosefinch (portenkoi) (Carpodacus roseus portenkoi),
Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans)

トビ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, コガラ, ヒヨドリ, ツグミ, ハクセキレイ, アトリ,
オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, オオマシコ, イスカ, ウソ, シメ, カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ

2020 January 03
Katano Waterfowl Sanctuary (Katano KamoIke) (Ishikawa Prefecture)
片野鴨池(石川)

Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)



Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Flock of Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Katano Waterfowl Sanctuary (Katano KamoIke) in Ishikawa Prefecture.

The New Year's Holidays in this season were affected by a cold wave which caused rain in Hokuriku region.
I didn't have enough chance to visit this region for birding. But the temperature was high and there was no snow at all.
The weather on this day was "better-than-none". It was cloudy most of the time and there was occasional rain. The condition was adverse for taking pictures.

As usual, I could see a large number of Baikal Teals (Sibirionetta formosa) distantly on the other side of the water reservoir. Some of them were close enough to see the characteristic face marks.

During my visit, Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) were absent. They were probably foraging on rice paddies somewhat distant from the Sanctuary (it is often the case these geese are disturbed while foraging and return back to the Sanctuary, but the birds were probably safe from human activities under such weather).

In the afternoon, several raptors appeared on by one and we appreciated them.
Initially an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) soared above and we saw it sufficiently closely.
Soon after that, Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) flew and perched on the distant side of the water reservoir.
Some time after that, a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) flew around above the water reservoir sufficiently long, and we were amazed by the speed and agility of this bird.
Ducks and geese on the water didn't seem to be scared by a Peregrine Falcon - they probably know that a falcon doesn't attack a bird on water.

List of species:
Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

オオヒシクイ, マガモ, オカヨシガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, トモエガモ, ハシビロガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カワウ,
アオサギ, ダイサギ, オオバン, バン, トビ, ノスリ, クマタカ, ハヤブサ, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, カワラヒワ
2020 January 02
Kamo River between Demachiyanagi and Kaguracho (Kyoto)
鴨川(京都市出町柳〜神楽町)



Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) & Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kamo River in Kyoto.

I went to see a flock of Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser), which had been reported recently in this river.

The birds were soon found and they formed a compact group.
They swam to and fro and when the group was most compact, I heard unfamiliar voice from them. It was not clear whether the male or female issued this voice.
The group then became loose and some of them flew upstream. Females mainly remained and foraged.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, カワアイサ, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, トビ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ
2020 January 02
Koushien Shore (Hyogo Prefecture)
甲子園浜(兵庫)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Koushien Shore in Hyogo Prefecture.

I visited again Koushien Shore to meet ducks.
It was in New Year's Holidays and there were few people on the shore. Most of the time there were no people feeding ducks and gulls and these birds dispersed.

This time, the tidal level was low when I arrived and Dunlins (Calidris alpina) were still foraging.
As on December 29, I could see female Black Scoters (Melanitta americana) distantly, but couldn't see Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) or Red-breasted Mergansers (Mergus serrator).
Greater Scaups (Aythya marila) were floating rather distantly from the shore, but there were Northern Shovelers (Spatula clypeata) and Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) instead of many Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope) near the shore.

I looked at the distant location where we saw a male Black Scoter on December 29, and found an American Wigeon (Mareca americana) there.
I then approached this direction again. On the way there were again Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) flying and catching fish.

The male Black Scoter was present approximately at the same location as on December 29.
There were a few birders and watched the bird foraging and preening.

When I returned to the initial place, two photographers fed the gulls and took pictures each other.
There were not many visitors and the concentration of ducks and gulls was much lower than on December 29.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon (Mareca americana),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

マガモ, ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, オカヨシガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, ホシハジロ, スズガモ, クロガモ,
カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, カワウ, アオサギ, オオバン, ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, ウミネコ, ミサゴ, トビ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2020 January 01 & 04
Kusauchi (Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture)
草内(京田辺,京都)





Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) mobbed by a crow

Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)



Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kusauchi in Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture.

I visited this place to meet Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus).
On January 01, I managed to see six birds, which flew down to a paddy field and stayed there long.

In contrast to the visit in the last year, there were not many plovers in the reservoir ponds.
Duck were only seen in a small number.

Since it was rather windy on January 01, I visited again on January 04 expecting better observing condition.
I met a group of a birding walk by the Kyoto Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan, which I had forgotten.
When I saw them, they were looking at something by telescopes. I joined the party and knew that they were looking at a Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata).
Other species of buntings were also present.
In a dried pond, there were many Buff-bellied Pipits (Anthus rubescens) and a Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus).

We then moved to the place where I met Northern Lapwings three days before, but alas, they were not present (the theme of this birding walk was to meet Northern Lapwings).
We were somewhat disappointed, but there was an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) on a pole and after that a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) similarly on a pole.
This Eastern Buzzard later flew and was mobbed by a crow.
High above the sky, there was an Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).
These sightings of raptors were greatly helped by many keen-eyed leaders.

On the return way, we saw a juvenile Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying high and low, and perched on a pole for a short time near one of the ponds.
The Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus) issued alarm calls at this sudden appearance of a raptor. None became of a victim of this predator.

List of species (* recorded by other members):
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
* Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
* Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

コガモ, ヨシガモ, カイツブリ, キジバト, *カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, ケリ, タゲリ, イカルチドリ, クサシギ,
トビ, ハイタカ, オオタカ, ノスリ, チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒバリ,
ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ, *スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ,
タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 December 29
Koushien Shore (Hyogo Prefecture)
甲子園浜(兵庫)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope) & American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Koushien Shore in Hyogo Prefecture.

Following information of a Black Scoter (Melanitta americana), I visited this shore.
More than 20 years ago, a male Black Scoter spent summer in this place, and it was the first time for me since then to see this species in this place. This place was one of the most damaged during the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 and I remember a row of temporary compounds built near the shore.

Upon arrival, I stayed the wildlife protection region where I used to see shorebirds in migration.
Although we could spot female Black Scoters distantly, there was no sign of a male, which had been photographed recently.
In this location, however, we could see Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and ducks (many Greater Scaups, Northern Pintails and Eurasian Wigeons) fed by local residents or visitors.
The gulls suddenly started to fly with noisy voice, and it was due to attack by a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). This falcon failed to catch a gull and returned to the direction of background mountains.
From this direction, a Western Osprey appeared and it successfully caught fish and ate it.

Hearing conversations among birders, it became evident that the place of the Black Scoter was not here, but about 1 km west. Having been informed that the scoter was heading toward here, I stayed here a bit.
I noticed that distant photographers started taking pictures and found the Black Scoter 1 km distant.
I gradually approached the location and the scoter was initially asleep when I arrived, but stared foraging close to the shore (we could see it very closely), preened, bathed and got asleep again.

When I finished observing the scoter and returned to the initial location, the tide had receded and Dunlins (Calidris alpina) were foraging.
Some of the flock started flying and landed on a different place.
Near this shore, a male American Wigeon (Mareca americana) was among Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope) and they were also fed by visitors. I could capture a video of the American Wigeon calling, probably in excitement surrounded by many Eurasian Wigeons.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon (Mareca americana),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)

マガモ, ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, オカヨシガモ, オナガガモ, ホシハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, クロガモ,
ウミアイサ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, オオバン, ハマシギ,
ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, ウミネコ, ミサゴ, ハヤブサ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, シジュウカラ,
メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 December 25-26
Lake Izu-Numa and Kabukuri-Numa Marsh (Miyagi Prefecture)
伊豆沼&蕪栗沼(宮城)

Lake Izu-Numa

flying Greater White-fronted Geese (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis) & a Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens)

Leucism of Greater White-fronted Geese (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis) (?)
; photo by K.Inoue

family (?) of Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)
; photo by K.Inoue

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae) eating a goose

Hybrid (?) of Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) x Greater White-fronted Geese (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis)
; photo by K.Inoue

returning geese after sunset
; photo by K.Inoue

Bean Geese in Kabukuri-Numa Marsh

Eurasian Spoonbill (major) (Platalea leucorodia major)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia)
; photo by K.Inoue
We visited "Lake Izu-Numa" and "Kabukuri-Numa Marsh" in Miyagi Prefecture.

We visited to challenge finding a rare goose; Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis). Unfortunately, the bird could not be found. According to local birders, no one had watched since December 15th.

At the dawn of the first day, we visited the Observation center near JR Nitta station.
There were a huge number of waterfowls in the lake.
The most abundant species was the Greater White-fronted Geese. There were many Taiga Bean Geese, too. The number of geese around Izu-numa and Uchi-numa as of December 20th was 97,126.
There were a lot of swans and ducks as well. However, their numbers were two orders of magnitude smaller than the geese, as 2,110 and 1,316.
We found two Snow Geese among the flock of the geese. There was also a individual that seemed to be oddly colored (white head) Greater White-fronted Goose.
When it got bright, the geese flew off the lake one after another.

The most of the geese were gone from Izu-numa Lake, so we moved to Minamikata Town in between Izu-numa Lake and Kabukuri-numa Marsh on the south side to looked for Lesser White-fronted Goose in the rice fields.
We checked several flocks of Greater White-fronted Goose, and from two flocks found one each of Lesser White-fronted Goose with the yellow eye-ring. Furthermore, six family-like Lesser White-fronted Geese were also found.
Near these flocks of geese, a Northern Goshawk was surrounded by crows and Black Kites, and was eating a goose just caught.
At this field, we found a strange goose which seemed like a hybrid of Cackling Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose, which had blackish head and white bill.

In the afternoon, we moved to the rice field at the north-east corner of Izu-numa Lake to wait for the Red-breasted Goose which had been frequently confirmed there in the evenings by the beginning of December.
We persisted to stay there for more than four hours, but eventually only Greater White-fronted Geese, swans and Eurasian Skylarks appeared.
After the sunset, we saw huge number of geese returning for roosting in the lake in the forms of the triangulars or direct-lines.

In the next morning, we tried to search for the target bird in the lake at the dawn but failed.
Then we drove the south shore of Izu-numa Lake.
There were some passerines, such as Long-tailed Rosefinch, Meadow Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Japanese Bush Warbler and Hawfinch, and Dusky Thrushes in the bush or in the trees. A Green Pheasant and a Northern Goshawk also appeared.

Then, we moved to Kabukuri-Numa Marsh.
When we visited the swamp, almost all the Greater White-fronted Geese and Cackling Geese had flied away to the feeding places and there were only a few Greater White-fronted Geese and a Cackling Goose remaining. There were still many bean geese (Taiga, Tundra) remained in the swamp.
We found one Eurasian Spoonbill, which is the regular winter visitor at this site, in the flock of the bean geese.
A few Eastern Marsh-Harriers flew low above the marsh. One of them had the white-head and was very standing out.

After then, we drove in the rice fields spreading at the south west area to search for the flock of Cackling Goose. It was not easy to find the flock, and a flock about 300 Crackling Geese was found in the rice field south of Kejo-numa.
The Crackling Geese seemed not to care about us and were busy in foraging on the ground.

The birds observed are;
- around Izu-numa Lake
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus), Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens),
Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Japan) (Aegithalos caudatus caudatus/Aegithalos caudatus japonicus),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- around Kabukuri-Numa Marsh
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris),
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis), Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Eurasian Spoonbill (major) (Platalea leucorodia major),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba), Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, オオヒシクイ, ヒシクイ, マガン, カリガネ, ハクガン, シジュウカラガン, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ,
ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カワアイサ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ヘラサギ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, トビ, チュウヒ, オオタカ, ノスリ,
オオバン, タケリ, ドバト, キジバト, アカゲラ, モズ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, エナガ,
ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ,
ベニマシコ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 December 24
Kari-gawa River (Kari-gawa) (Kanagawa)
狩川(神奈川)

Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)

Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus)

Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)
I attended a birding walking event held by Fureai Bird Watching Club at Kari-gawa River in Kawasaki City.

Kari-gawa River is a tributary of Sakawa River, flows along the western part of the Ashigara plain in Kanagawa Prefecture and merges the Sakawa River near Sagami Bay.
Although it is not a big river, it is a good habitat for birds such as Common Merganser in winter.

It was a very warm and calm day without cold wind.
When I reached the river side, some members had already seen a Brown-cheeked Rail.
I found a few Common Mergansers and Great White Egrets in the river.
We walked along the river towards the downstreams. We saw birds one to another such as Dusky Thrushs, Bull-headed Shrikes, Green Pheasants, Masked Buntings, Rustic Buntings, Long-billed Plovers and Common Kingfishers,
The raptors (Northern Goshawk, Eastern Buzzard, Western Osprey) appeared, too.
In the blue sky, a few Asian House Martins and House Swifts were flying.
At the weider where the river merges with Sakawa River, we saw many kinds of ducks (Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed, Eurasian Wigeon, Falcated, Northern Shoveler, Greater Scaup) and gulls (Vega, Slaty-backed, Black-headed).
We could not walk the mouth of Sakawa River due to the recovery construction of the damaged river bed by the super typhoon hit in this autumn.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, スズガモ, カワアイサ,
カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, オオタカ, ノスリ,
クイナ, オオバン, イカルチドリ, タシギ, クサシギ, イソシギ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ,
ドバト, キジバト, ヒメアマツバメ, カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ,
イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 December 21
Birding locations on coast of Mie (Shiratsuka coast, mouth of Anou River, mouth of Kumozu River, Mie Prefecture)
三重海岸の探鳥地(白塚海岸,安濃川河口,雲出川河口)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) flying and Greater Scaups floating (Aythya marila) at Shiratsuka coast

Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoters (Melanitta deglandi) at Shiratsuka coast

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) at Shiratsuka coast

Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoters (Melanitta deglandi) at Shiratsuka coast



Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) in Anou River

Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in Anou River

Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) in Anou River



Brant Geese (Branta bernicla), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata) & Gadwall (Mareca strepera) in Kumozu River



Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in Kumozu River

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at some birding sites on the coast of Mie Prefecture.

We went to see White-winged Scoters (Melanitta deglandi), which had arrived to Shiratsuka coast recently.
These scoters (about 20 individuals) were immediately found, but with some distance. They were active and foraging at least in the morning and we could see characteristic marks on the face and characteristic shape of the male birds.
There was also a large flock of Greater Scaups (Aythya marila).
Among the flock of White-winged Scoters, we could see a Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena).
There were also Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) flying over the sea.
There was also Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) both foraging and in flight.
The cormorants associated with them were likely Japanese Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capillatus), but it was difficult to confirm the ID due to the distance.

We then moved to the mouth of Anou River to see Eurasian Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus).
The birds were initially present on the distant side of the river, but they started to fly with sharp voice when the tidal flat started to appear.
There were also Dunlins (Calidris alpina) busily foraging on the shore.
Both male and female Common Goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) were seen to dive for foraging.

We then moved to mouth of Kumozu River to see Brant Geese (Branta bernicla).
The birds were immediately found on a distant tidal flat and they foraged with other dabbling ducks.
There were many Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) here and one carried big fish. Other two birds circled together and they may have already started pair formation.

List of species
- at Shiratsuka coast:
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)? Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

- at mouth of Anou River:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

- at mouth of Kumozu River:
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Gadwall (Mareca strepera),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

コクガン, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, ヒドリガモ, ヨシガモ, オカヨシガモ, ハシビロガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ,
スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, ビロードキンクロ, ウミアイサ, カンムリカイツブリ, アカエリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
カワウ, ウミウ? ヒメウ, オオバン, アオサギ, ミヤコドリ, ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, ウミネコ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ハクセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, 他
2019 December 21
Maioka Park (Totsuka, Kanagawa)
舞岡公園(戸塚,神奈川)

Maioka Park

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)
I visited Maioka Park (Maioka-Koen).
The Maioka Park is located in the suberbs of Yokohama city.
There are ponds, rice fields and forests, providing the good habitats for the wintering birds such as snipes, finches, etc.

I wanted to see Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola rusticola), but it did not appear during my observation.
Not only this, there were no Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago) that were always seen in winter.
In addition, the number of Hawfinches, Dusky Thrushes and Pale Thrushes was also fewer.

It seems we have to wait some more time for more winter birds coming back to this site.

The birds observed (* by other birders) are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)?
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
*Eurasian Wryneck (Japan) (Jynx torquilla japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, コガモ, トビ, ハイタカ? ドバト, キジバト, *アリスイ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, シメ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 December 19
Yodo River (Hirakata region) (Osaka Prefecture)
淀川,枚方地区(大阪)

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) & Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) & Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Yodo River at Hirakata Region in Osaka.

I observed the mouth of Amanogawa River.
There was a Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna).
Initially foraging, then sleeping and foraging again on a flat.
A flock of Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) suddenly touched down on the water and started foraging.
In riparian woodland, passerines were active. The voice of Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) and Japanese Bush Warblers (Horornis diphone) was particularly prominent.

List of species
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

ツクシガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, カワアイサ, オオバン, アオサギ, コサギ, カワウ, カンムリカイツブリ,
ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, カワセミ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ウグイス,
ツグミ, シジュウカラ, エナガ, メジロ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, ムクドリ, アオジ, カワラヒワ
2019 December 18
Ikuta Park (Kanagawa)
生田緑地(神奈川)

Swamp in Ikuta Park

Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)
I attended a birding walking event held by Fureai Bird Watching Club at Ikuta Park (Ikuta Ryokuchi) in Kawasaki City.

When we started walking, it was cold, but the temperature gradually increased to about 15 degree Celsius.
This temperature in mid-December is unusual.
Perhaps because of this warmth, Red-flanked Bluetails were singing at the several points in the field.

The other birds were a few Masked Buntings, Japanese Bush Warblers and Chinese Hwameis moving in the small reed field and bushes in the swamp, and some mix flocks composed of Long-tailed Tits, Japanese Tits and Japanese Pigmy Woodpecker flying among the trees.
I don't know why, but we did not see Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), that are the regular winter members in this field, and we saw only one Japanese Green Woodpecker and one Hawfinch this time.

List of birds;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, アオサギ, コサギ, トビ, ドバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ,
オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, シメ, アオジ
2019 December 15
Ooura, Lake Biwa (Shiga Prefecture)
琵琶湖大浦(滋賀)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)



hybrid American Wigeons (Mareca americana) x Eurasian wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) ?

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ooura region of Lake Biwa in Siga Prefecture.

It was a relatively strongly windy day and there was not so much activity of passerine birds.
On the lake, there were ducks and gulls, but the number was not as high as expected.
Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) were the only gull species I saw this time.
On the shore of the lake, Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope) gathered and foraged. Among them were hybrid American Wigeons (Mareca americana) x Eurasian wigeons.
On this lakeside, I usually saw Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) in the preceding seasons, but found none this time.
Many trees near the lakeside have fallen (or cut after damage) due to the typhoon in the last year, and this place may have become a less favorable place for ducks to hide themselves.
There has not yet been snowfall in this season and passerine birds may have not gathered here to forage escaping from snow.

List of species:
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (hybrid), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, カワアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ,
カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, オオバン, ユリカモメ, トビ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ジョウビタキ, ミソサザイ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, シメ, ホオジロ, アオジ, ベニマシコ
2019 December 15
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
新宿御苑(東京)

Trees in autumn colour

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Shinjuku Gyoen) is located at the subcenter of Tokyo metropolitan, 10 minutes walk from the Shinjyuku station.
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo"(feudal lord) of the Edo era.
Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public.
With 58.3 ha (144 acres) in size and a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
Among the 20,000 trees which grow in Shinjuku Gyoen, there are the first examples planted in Japan such plants as tulip trees, planes, Himalayan cedars and bald cypresses, whose distinctive crown shapes give the garden a solemn and dignified atmosphere.
Sinjuku Gyoen is an ideal place to get close to nature and enjoy the changing seasons, the oasis for not only metropolitan and short-term visitors but also birds.

At the pond in Japanese Traditional Garden, there were more than ten Mandarin Ducks, the regular winter visitor in this site.
In the other pond, there were a few Northern Shoveler, Mallads and Littel Grebes.
The thrushes (Dusky, Pale) and Brown-eared Bulbuls gathered on the tree beside the pond to eat its fruits.
At the marsh, it seemed that a Japanese Bush Warble and a Masked Bunting were fighting each other and appeared well outside the bush.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, ホシハジロ, カイツブリ, カワセミ,
コゲラ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス,
メジロ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, アオジ
2019 December 15
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
葛西臨海公園(東京)

Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)

Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae) & Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
One red-breasted flycatcher and one Dusky Warbler (Common) (Phylloscopus fuscatus fuscatus) were seen on this site for a while, so I visited Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo to see these birds.

Even on Sunday, there were not many people in the park in the early morning, and Dusky Thrush and Pale Thrush walked on the ground looking for food.
In the planting along the road, a Masked Bunting and a Japanese Bush Warbler were moving as hiding.
I tried to find Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis/Schoeniclus variabilis variabilis) or Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni), but could not.
In the sea at Arakawa River side, ther were some Gadwalls and Eurasian Wigeons nearby and many Greater Scaups at the distance.
The target bird; Red-breasted Flycatcher, was at the fence of the aquarium on the Observation Rest House side. It was calling and moving busily, flying among the trees, getting down to the ground.
From the Bird Sanctuary, I saw many Great Cormorants resting on the breakwater of East Beach.
In Kamino-ike, fresh-water pond, there were not many ducks. There were Northern Shovelers, Eurasian Teals, Common Pochards, Little Grebes and Little Egrets.
I waited Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus) or Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni) for a while, but they did not appear while watching.
On a tree near the pond, there were an imature Northern Goshawk hiding inside.
Two Eastern Buzzards flew in the sky, too.
On the return way towards the exit of the park, I saw only one Azure-winged Magpie.

The birds reported are;
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, スズガモ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
トビ, オオタカ, ノスリ, オオバン, ユリカモメ, ドバト, キジバト, カワセミ, アカゲラ,
モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ,
ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, ニシオジロビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, アオジ
2019 December 11-13
Niigata area (Niigata Prefecture)
新潟エリア(新潟)

Geese in Asahi-ike Pond

Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swans (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii) near Asahiike Pond

Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens) & Taiga Bean Geese (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii) in Unoike Pond

Ducks in Lake Sakata

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla) in Fukushimagata Lagoon

Geese flew from Fukushimagata Lagoon

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus) in Fukushima Lagoon

Close view of ducks at Pond Hyo-ko

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) at Pond Hyo-ko
I visited some birding spots with the members of Fureai Baird Watching Club
On the first day, we headed towards Asahi-ike Pond (Asahi-Ike) in Joetsu City.
This lake is the largest lagoon among six lagoons scattered at northern Kubiki Plain, and the total area is about 79 ha. Since the lake has reed beds, and Nuphar japonicum, Trapa japonica and Brasenia schreberi grow in the lagoon, this is a hot spots of wintering waterfowls.
When we arrived at the lake in the afternoon, we visited the park office and got the latest information. According to the park rangers, Taiga Bean Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese, the regular winter visitors, were foraging in the paddy fields spreading north to south on the east side of the pond during the daytime.
They also told that there were a Snow Goose, a White-tailed Eagle and a number of Baikal Teal.
Then we moved to the pond and saw many kinds of ducks. We found many Baikal Teels floating in flocks of ducks.
The Taiga Bean Geese were also resting on the shore and shallows on the west side of the pond.
Tundra Swans and a few Whooper Swan were resting in the rice field with water around the pond.
We drove in the nearby rice field at the east of the pond, but there was a flock of Northern Lapwing but no geese.
We walked in the forest of Ogata Mizu-to-Mori Park adjacent the south of Asahi Pond.
There were some tits (Japanese, Varied) and a flock of Brambling. We saw a Dusky Thrush and a Hawfinch, and heard a Masked Bunting and a Pale Thrush.
We returned to the pond and saw the Greater White-fronted Geese and Taiga Bean Geese which return back to the pond for roosting after sunset.
At the dawn of the next day, we visited the pond again to observe the geese which flew from the pond after sun rise. Flocks of geese flew away from the pond here and there.
The remaining ducks floated as a long line for some reason (?). After a while, the line collapsed and the ducks spread over the pond.
We drove to the south east area of the pond where the geese flew for.
At the east side of Unoike Pond, neighboring the western side of Asahiike, we found a flock of Greater White-fronted Goose in a paddy field and a flock of Taiga Bean Goose in Unoike Pond.
Among the flock of Taiga Bean Goose, we found a Snow Goose.
We did not see the White-tailed Eagle this time.

The next birding spot visited in the second day was Sakata Lake in Niigata City.
Sakata, the Ramsar site, is a freshwater lake with marshes along its shores. It is located in a basin among sand dunes surrounded by farmland and pine forests. The lake has no river inflow, but is fed by groundwater running under the dunes. It has only one outlet and the water drains into a river from a gate on the east end of the lake and irrigates lotus ponds and rice paddies in the lower reaches of the river. Because it does not freeze over in winter, Sakata is a wintering site for waterfowl such as swans, geese and ducks. More than 3000 Tundra Swans winter here every year.
We entered into the Observation Center and observed a huge number of ducks (8,000 to 10,000) in the warm room. The majority of ducks were Mallards, and there were many other kinds of ducks.
We saw a Marsh Harrier flying over the distant reed field.
Then we walked to the Observation Lodge at the southern center of the lake outside in the cold windy rain.
On the way, we saw some herons resting nehind the reeds avoiding the wind.
A Goshawk was stopping in a tree on the opposite shore which seemed like it was aiming for prey.

We stopped over Toyanogata Park in Niigata City. Near the building of library, there was a Long-eared Owl resting in a tree.

In the evening, we visited Fukushimagata Lagoon in Niigata City.
Fukushimagata Lagoon is one of the habitats registered by East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) where many migratory waterbirds winter, including about 5,000 Taiga Bean Geese, 5,000 Tundra Swans, and 20,000 ducks. We can see over 220 kinds of birds in this site in year.
We visited the observation tower located at the east of the lake. From the tower, we saw many ducks and swans in the water, Eastern Marsh-Harriers flying low above the lake, and a White-tailed Eagle perching on a small tree in the reed field.
At the time of sunset, we enjoyed watching of many flocks of geese and swans coming back the lake for roosting.
In the next morning of the third day, we saw geese and swans flew from the lake after sunrise. Their flights with background of the snowy mountains was very stunning.
We drove around the lake and watch the birds in the reed fields. Because of the calm weather with no wind, we saw buntings (Rustic, Meadow, Common Reed) and Long-tailed Rosefinches.

After Fukushimagata Lagoon, we drove to Pond Hyo-ko (Hyo-Ko)in Agano City.
The pond was made in 1639 in Edo period as an irrigation reservoir. And this is the first place in Japan where the people succeeded in feeding swans in 1954. This came to be known nationwide as the “Swan Lake,” and it greatly influenced the movement for the wild bird protection. The local people, from children to the elderly, participate actively in the community-based protection activities. Because of these historic backgrounds and local people’s efforts for conservation, people can watch swans and other water birds right in front of them.
We were able to get close to the birds and observe in detail.
We heard that a Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) had been observed, but we did no see during our observation.
Instead we found an American Wigeon.

The birds observed are;
- around Asahiike Pond:
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at Lake Sakata:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- at Toyanogata Park:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus otus),
Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)

- at Fukushimagata Lagoon:
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- at Pond Hyo-ko:
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon (Mareca americana), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Hybrid, Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

キジ, オオヒシクイ, マガン, ハクガン, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, マガモ,
カルガモ, マルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ミコアイサ, カワアイサ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, トビ,
オジロワシ, チュウヒ, ハイタカ, オオタカ, ノスリ, オオバン, タゲリ, セグロカモメ, ドバト, キジバト,
トラフズク, カワセミ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ,
ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 December 10
Momoyama Park (Suita city, Osaka Prefecture)
桃山公園(大阪府吹田市)





Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Momoyama Park in Suita city, Osaka Prefecture.

Upon information of a female Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), I visited Momoyama Park (Senri).
This park has been visited by an American Wigeon (Mareca americana) for several years in a row, and I could also see this bird.

The Ring-necked Duck was almost asleep for a long time and the bird was recognized by the white eye ring.
After an hour, the bird finally started preening, and then dived a few times for foraging.

I had an experience with a male Ring-necked Duck, which was a famous regular visitor in Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo more than 20 years ago. At that time, the bird was fed and came very close to us.
I hope that the Ring-necked Duck in Osaka favors this place and regularly visits here just like the same species in Shinobazu Pond and the American Wigeon in this Momoyama Park.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), American Wigeon (Mareca americana), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, ヨシガモ, オカヨシガモ,
キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホシハジロ, クビワキンクロ, オオバン, カワウ, ハシブトガラス,
ヒヨドリ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2019 December 08
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) & Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)



Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Black Kites (Milvus migrans)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) & Black Kites (Milvus migrans)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Black Kites (Milvus migrans)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Wild-Bird Center (Kohoku Yacho Center) in Siga Prefecture.

The famous Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) has regularly returned to Mt. Yamamoto for 22 years in a row.
I visited here to see the eagle and water birds.

When I arrived, there were phorographers by the lake in front of the Center, and watched the eagle perched on a tree in Mt. Yamamoto. According to recent records of behavior, the bird often catched fish in front of the Center and they were waiting for the eagle to come.

After confirming the eagle, I watched water birds first, since Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) were still present before leaving for foraging.
Calls from Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) fell down from a flock flying over and touched down on the lake.

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) were abundant and I could see them in various locations.
A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) was seen among them.

After an hour, I moved to Mt. Yamamoto. According to the information, the eagle flew around 20 mininutes before and I missed this flight.

When I reached near Mt. Yamamoto, the eagle was moving on the branch more frequently than I used to see.
After some tens of minutes, it started to fly to the direction of the Center. After some minutes, the bird returned with a big fish (black bass, introduced invasive species). There were many Black Kites (Milvus migrans) in the sky and the eagle was surrounded by these kites and also by crows.
The bird perched near its roost and it became invisible from the observing location.
An Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) flew over while waiting the eagle to appear again.

During return to the Center, I saw many Black Kites foraging on paddy fields. I was not sure what they were eating, but they picked up something just like crows do.

List of species (* by the Center staff):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), * Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), * Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
* Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Mew Gull (Larus canus),
* Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
* Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, *ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ,
コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, *ホオジロガモ, カワアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
*キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, オオバン, ハマシギ, ユリカモメ, カモメ, *ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ,
コゲラ, アカゲラ, カワセミ, *モズ, ハシボソガラス, ミヤマガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, エナガ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, ジョウビタキ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン, シメ
2019 December 08
Showa Commemorative National Government Park (Tachikawa & Akishima, Tokyo)
昭和記念公園(東京都 立川市・昭島市)

Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)

Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

; all photos by T.Toyodome.
I visited Showa Commemorative National Government Park (Showa Kinen Park) again with "JISEI" members.

The original schedule was one day before but it was postponed to the next day because the weather was bad and it was raining cold.
Despite of the bad weather in the day before, it became sunny and warm, and we had a pleasant birding day in December.

The ducks in the pond increased in kinds and numbers. We saw Eurasian Wigeons, Eurasian Teals, a Northern Shoveler and a Great White Egret resting on a littel island, and Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Little Grebes, and a Great Crested Grebe swiming in the pond.
I heard a Long-tailed Tit near the pond.

In the forest, we saw a Masked Bunting foraging on the ground, Japanese Tits and a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker forming a flock, and a Daurian Redstart.
Two Japanese Wagtails were flying here and there in the wetland near the pond.
On the trail along the small drying stream, there were many Carrion Crows perching on the pine trees. There was a Grey Wagtail in a small puddle in the dried river. At the end of the trail along the river, three Masked Buntings were busily foraging ignoring us.

We saw neither of Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) nor Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba) that were observed last visit.

The birds observed were;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, オオタカ, オオバン, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ムクドリ,
ジョウビタキ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, シメ, アオジ
2019 December 04-06
3-Day Trip in Sado Island (Niigata Prefectures)
佐渡島3日間ツアー(新潟)



Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

flock of ducks

Lake Kamo with many waterfowls

Gulls from Ferry
We visited the birding spots in Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture together with four birding experts from UK and Holanda and a member of Sado Chapter of Wild Bird Society Japan.
Sado is the sixth largest island of Japan in area following the four main islands and Okinawa Island.
This island preserves an important ecological habitat for the Toki (or Japanese Crested Ibis), which nearly became extinct once. Until the mid-19th century, the Toki inhabited several regions in Japan. However, they became extinct in Japan around 1980, over-hunted for their feathers and meat. Attempts at reintroduction through artificial breeding have taken several years, but this effort is finally coming to fruition.
Since 2008, the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Preservation Center started to release the birds as part of its Crested Ibis restoration program In 2014, A crested ibis chick was found in a nest built in the wild, it was the first "third-generation" chick among the endangered birds since Japan began releasing them into the wild in 2008. Now, the estimated population of Toki is 430 as of November 9th, 2019.
This Toki's reproduction program includes the cooperation of local farmers in halving the amount of pesticides used and irrigating water in paddy fields in winter. These efforts provide a good environment for other wild birds.

On the first day, we visited "Toki's terrace" at Kuninaka area just opened after the observation of Tokinomori Park (protection facility for Toki).
On the way to the terrace, we saw several Tokis foraging in the rice fields and an Eastern Buzzard.
At the terrace, we heard calls of a White-backed Woodpecker, which is more common than Great Spotted Woodpecker in this island.
In the evening, we saw a few Tokis coming back to their roosts.

On the second day, we visited Kujikawa Dam in the morning.
Unfortunately, it was raining, however, as soon as we started walking on the forest road, we saw a flock of Eurasian Siskin.
We heard a call of a Japanese Grosbeak at disitance.
At the point where we can look at the dam lake, we saw and heard more than twenty Mandarin Ducks in the lake.
The Mandarin Duck here can be seen until end of December when the nuts for ducks are available in this dam lake.

Then we drove ahead towards Hazikizaki located at the north end of the island via the east coast; Uchikaifu Coast.
Black-tailed Gulls, Slaty-backed Gulls, Vega Gulls, and Japanese Cormorants were observed in some fishing ports and shores along the way.
Hajikizaki has rice fields, grasslands, and shrub forests, and many migratory birds stop by during the spring and autumn migration seasons. Some of them include unexpected rare birds.
At the view point of Futatsugame Rocks, we checked the seabirds from a confortable lobby in the hotel avoiding strong wind and rain outside.
There was a big flock of Mallard nearby the rocks.
On the way back to the city, we saw a big flock of ducks near the coast. Most of them were Northern Pintails, and there were also Eurasian Wigeons, Eurasian Teals, Gadwall, and Baikal Teal.

At Lake Kamo, we observed many waterfowls. There were ducks (Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Eurasian Teal, Common Pochard, Tufted, Greater Scaup), Great Cormorants, and gulls (Black-tailed, Slaty-backed, Vega).
Originally this was a fresh water lake, but was opened to the sea during the Meiji period to avoid floods, and the water became brackish.

On the third day, we visited "Toki's terrace" again at the dawn to observe Tokis fly from the roosts. It was snowing and sight was not clear, but we saw some Tokis flying in the snow showing their beautiful wings in Toki colour.
We heard the calls of a Green Pheasant, and saw a flock of Eurasian Siskin flying busily around the terrace, too.

Then we visited Niibo Dam to search for the birds in the forest. Unfortunately, the weather was snowy and not good for birding. However, we saw Eurasian Wigeons in the dam lake, a flock of Eurasian Siskin, and a Brown Dipper in the stream.
We tried to find a Solitaly Snipe but did not see.

From the Sado Ryotsu Port to Niigata Port, we took the ferry. We watched the seabird about 2.5 hours on the ferry. We saw Black-tailed Gulls, Slaty-backed Gulls, Vega Gulls, and Black-headed Gull.
Some Black-tailed Gulls flew and received food by hand from a passenger of the ferry.

The birds observed were;
- Kuninaka area (Tokinomori Park, Rice fields, Toki's Terrace):
Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal 8Anas crecca),
Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius tokugawae), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

- Kujikawa Dam:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)?
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

- Hazikizaki area (Uchikaifu Coast, Hazikizaki, Futatsugame Rocks):
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus),
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Peregrine (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Rock Dove (Columba livia),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius tokugawae), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- Lake Kamo:
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

- Niibo Dam:
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus)

- Sado Ferry (from Sado Ryotsu Port to Niigata Port):
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

キジ, オシドリ, オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ, コガモ,
ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, シノリガモ, カワアイサ, ウミアイサ, カンムリカイツブリ,
トキ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, トビ, ノスリ,
オオバン, ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, アオバト?
オオアカゲラ, サドカケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ,
シロハラ, イソヒヨドリ, カワガラス, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ,
マヒワ, シメ, イカル
2019 December 01
Mouth of Yamato River (Osaka Prefecture)
大和川河口(大阪)

flock of gulls



Mongolian Gull (Larus vegae mongolicus)

Vega Gulls (Larus vegae)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at the mouth of Yamato River in Osaka Prefecture.

In this place, a Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) has been recorded three seasons in a row.
Although I visited here again, the Caspian Tern had not been recorded on five consecutive days.
It was that the tern apparently appears more frequently when the tidal level is low in morning or around noon, when the bird takes a rest in the river.
This tern arrive late in this season and we wondered whether we could see it during its stay.

While waiting for a possible visit of the tern, we watched various gulls.
Although there were not rare gulls, a supposed Mongolian gull (Larus vegae mongolicus), which appeared whitish compared to other vega gulls.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Gadwall (Mareca strepera),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Mongolian Gull (Larus vegae mongolicus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Larus canus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

カワウ, マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, オカヨシガモ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ,
オオバン, ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, モンゴルセグロカモメ, ウミネコ, カモメ,
ハクセキレイ, ウグイス, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ
2019 November 30
Udo River (Aisai, Aichi) Region & Kiso-Nagara Sewari Bank (Aichi/Gifu Prefectures)
鵜戸川(愛知県愛西市)&木曽長良背割堤(愛知県,岐阜県)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) at right

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Eastern Marsh harrier (Circus spilonotus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Udo River in Aisai, Aichi Region and Kiso-Nagara Sewari Bank at the border of Aichi and Gifu Prefectures.

We visited the same region as on November 23 following the information of a White-shouldered Starling (Sturnia sinensis).
On the way, we found Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) and a Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus).

At the location of the reported starling, there were trees of Japanese persimmon (kaki) and starlings visited and ate them. It was, however, extremely difficult to find a different bird among many White-cheeked Starlings (Spodiopsar cineraceus). We initially gave up and moved around.
We then returned to the original place.
Photographers were still waiting for the White-shouldered Starling, but they saw only a Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
We watched for some time and indeed found a Common Starling, but it was distant.
In a paddy field filled with water, a Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) actively foraged.
A Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) flew with its characteristic voice.
We Spent some more time around, but were not be able to find the White-shouldered Starling.

We then moved to Kiso-Nagara Sewari Bank as on November 23.
The species were similar, but this time we saw a flock of Dunlins (Calidris alpina).
A Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was eating fish just as in one week before.
An Eastern Marsh harrier (Circus spilonotus) also soared.

List of species:
Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus), Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese tit (Parus minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

キジ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ヒドリガモ, オナガガモ, カワアイサ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, オオタカ, ノスリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ,
カワウ, オオバン, ケリ, タゲリ, ハマシギ, イソシギ, タカブシギ, キジバト, カワセミ, チョウゲンボウ, モズ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ,
ムクドリ, ホシムクドリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ, ヒバリ, ツグミ, シロハラ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
シジュウカラ, エナガ, メジロ, ウグイス, ホオジロ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, オオジュリン
2019 November 30
Mouth of Kongo River (Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture)
金剛川河口(三重)





Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at the mouth of Kongo River in Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture.

We visited here upon information of a Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta).
The bird was foraging in a pond next to the river.
After some tens of minutes, the bird started sleeping. It appeared to be resting, but suddenly started calling and took a short flight over the pond. After then, the bird continuously foraged until we finished observation.
The water in the pond was moderately deep and only long-legged birds could forage in it.
When the tide becomes lower, the bird is said to move to a different location of the river.

Other than this bird, we saw flying Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), but the avocet continued foraging even when these hawks appeared.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

マガモ, ヒドリガモ, オオバン, カワウ, カイツブリ, ダイサギ, ユリカモメ, ソリハシセイタカシギ,
トビ, ミサゴ, オオタカ, ヒバリ, ハクセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, オオジュリン
2019 November 29 - December 04
6-Day Trip in Diamond Route (Ibaraki, Tochigi & Fukushima Prefectures)
ダイアモンド・ルート6日間ツアー(茨城,栃木,福島)

Rocky coast at Hiraiso

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon) in Oku-Nikko

Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) in Lake Chuzenji

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii)< nearby Lake Inawashirobr>
Ducks in Lake Inawashiro

Urabandai covered with snow
We visited the birding spots on "Diamond Route" in the northern area of Tokyo together with four birding experts from UK and Holand.
The "Diamond Route" starts from Tokyo and forms a diamond shape that connects Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture, Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, and Aizu, Fukushima, and Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.
This route is close to Tokyo and is relatively easy to visit, and you can observe many wild birds unique to Japan due to the variety of environments such as cultivated land, lakes, sub-alpine mountains and beaches.

On the first day, we visited Inashiki Area in Ibaraki Prefecture together with a member of Ibaraki Chapter of Wild Bird Society Japan (WBSJ).
In this area, there are lotus and rice fields. Many shorebirds stopped by in spring and autumn migratory seasons. Many raptors are observed at the reed fields and the grass fields of reclaimed land in winter.
Furthermore, here is the only one regular wintering site of Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) in Kanto plain.
We visited Ukishima, Nishi-no-su reclaimed land, Amada reclaimed land and Edosaki's goose protection area.
We observed birds such as; Japanese Wagtails, a Japanese Reed Bunting, Meadow Buntings, Eastern Marsh-Harriers, a Hen Harrier, Eastern Buzzards, Northern Lapwings, White-cheeked Starlings, Taiga Bean Geese, etc.

The second site was Lake Hinuma.
This lake is a brackish lake and many waterfowls come in winter. In February, a Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus) wintering this field, too.
We saw many ducks (Eastern Spot-billed, Tufted, Greater Scaup), Masked Bunting and a Western Osprey, and heard Japanese Bush Warbler.

On the second day, we visited a rocky coast at Hiraiso near Mito where a member of Ibaraki Chapter of WBSJ adviced to visit.
In this area, we can see sea ducks (Greater Scaup, Harlequin, Black Scoter), Red-breasted Merganser, Slavonian Grebe, and Japanese and Pelagic Cormorants.
We may also be able to see divers floating on the sea far away.
This time, we saw these birds except for divers.

Then, we visited Kairaku-en in Mito City.
Kairakuen Garden is known as one of the three famous gardens in Japan. Kairakuen Garden is famous for its 3,000 plum trees. The Lake Senba, which can be seen in Kairakuen, is also one of the tourist attractions in Mito City.
When we visited, we saw tits (Japanese, Varied), Goldcrest and Daurian redstart, etc.

The next site was Ichikai Town in Tochigi Prefecture where is known as the "Home of Grey-faced Buzzard (Sashiba-no-sato)".
We walked Kannon-yama Ume-no-sato together with a staff of Ichikai Town.
Since the Grey-faced Buzzard had already migrated to the wintering site, there was no Grey-faced Buzzard when we visited. Instead, we observed Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Skylark, Brown-eared Bulbuls, Japanese Wagtail and Grey-capped Greenfinches this time.

Then we drove to Oku-Nikko.
After the sight-seeing in Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, we visited Nikko Botanic Garden.
Nikko Botanical Garden is an institute for research and education of Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo. The main activities of the Botanical Garden have centered on enriching the collections of temperate and alpine plants of Japan and adjacent regions for the purpose of botanical research and education. A total of 2,200 species (130 species of pteridophytes, 70 species of gymnosperms, and 2,000 species of angiosperms) are planted in the garden.
Thanks to many plants and its rich nature such as the forest in highland and small stream, there are many birds as well.
Unfortunately, we arrived just before the closing time of the garden in the late evening, and we could bird only a short time.

On the third day, we walked around Kotoku area near the hotel we stayed.
We saw a mixed flocks of tits (Coal, Willow, Long-tailed) and Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker at Kotoku Farm.
On the way to Kotoku Marsh, we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker, an Eurasian Nuthatch, an Eurasian Treecreeper and a few Dusky Thrushes.
At Kotoku Marsh, we searched for Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria japonica), but we did not find it.

Next we visited Lake Yu-no-ko together with a member of Tochigi Chapter of WBSJ, and watched waterfowls for a short time, we moved to Lake Chuzenji to look for the Steller's Sea-Eagle observed in the morning by the WBSJ member.
Unfortunately, the eagle already moved somewhere and we couldn't find it.
Instead, we saw a few Brown Dippers moving around very actively in the stream flowing by the campsite.

Then we visited Yutaki Fall and walked towards Kotaki Fall on the walking trail covered by snow fell the day before. The trail was closed at Kotaki Fall since the trail ahead was damaged by the Super Typhoon in October.
On the way, we searched for Solitaly Snipe, but we could not find it again. We thought this snipe was like a ninja because of the difficulty of finding it.

In the evening and the next morning, we tried to find the Steller's Sea-Eagle at Lake Chuzenji.
Finally, early in the morning of the fourth day, we were able to watch the eagle that flew over the lake and perched on a tree after catching a fish on the opposite bank.

After Nikko, we drove to Lake Inawashiro together with a staff of Fukushima Prefecture.
In the lake, there were many ducks (Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Tufted) and Smews.
At the dock, there were many Northern Pintails near the shore.
A flock of Bewick's Swan was found a rice field near the lake.

In the morning of the fifth day, we walked the walking trail through Goshiki-numa Lakes.
Sleet mixed snow was falling. When it stopped temporarily, the birds appeared.
We saw woodpeckers (Japanese Pygmy, Great Spotted, Japanese Green), tits (Japanese, Coal, Varied, Willow), Eurasian Nuthatch, Dusky Thrushs, and a flock of Red Crossbill.
We heard calls of a Japanese Bush-Warbler, too.
In Lake Bishamon, there were many ducks such as Falcated, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Common Pochard, Tufted, Common Goldeneye, and Smew.

Then we moved to the forest near Kyukamura Urabandai to search for Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica) and Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus garrulus), which had been recorded in this area.
Unfortunately we did not encounter these birds. Instead we saw a flock of Eurasian Bullfinch.
*In the next morning, we tried to search for the birds but gave up due to the heavy snow fell during the night.

In the afternoon of the fifth day, we drove to Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga-jyo).
There were many ducks (Gadwall, Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Tufted) in the castle moat.
Two Japanese Green Woodpeckers appeared in the tree at the front of us and showed them very well.

In the evening, we walked in the area of Fukushima Kotori-no-mori.
This forest is a large satoyama located on the hill facing the Abukuma River. The forest consisting of mixed forests and pine forests was once used as a charcoal forest. In the low mountains at an altitude of 80-230m, we can see wild birds such as Narcissus Flycatcher and Japanese Paradise Flycatcher in summer, Dusky Thrush, Daurian Redstart and Eurasian Siskin in winter, and Japanese Woodpecker, Japanese Tit and Varied Tit throughout the year.
Japanese Tits and Varied Tits were frequently visited in the feeder set up at the front of the visitor cevter.
We searched for Long-tailed Rosefinch, which was observed everyday in this field, together with a staff of the center. However it was late evening and not good time to watch this bird.

The birds observed were;
- Ukishima reed field:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Rock Dove (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Black-faced Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Japanese Reed Bunting (Emberiza yessoensis yessoensis)

- Nishi-no-su reclaimed land:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- Amada reclaimed land:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- Edosaki's goose protection area:
Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

- Lake Hinuma:
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (Horornis diphone cantans),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-faced Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- rocky coast at Hiraiso:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Greater Scaup (Aythya marila nearctica),
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus auritus),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)

- Kairaku-en:
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea cinerea), Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

- Ichikai Town:
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- Tosho-gu Shrine:
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- Nikko Botanic Garden:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea cinerea),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

- Kotoku area:
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris japonica),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- Lake Yu-no-ko:
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis)

- Senjo-ga-hara (Yutaki Fall - Kotaki Fall, Akanuma area:
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Lake Chuzenji:
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus japonicus Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Lake Inawashiro:
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra), ,br> Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis)

- Goshiki-numa trail:
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (Horornis diphone cantans),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra japonica)

- Kyukamura Urabandai area & Lake Sobara:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Bullfinch 8Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- Tsurga Castel:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Great White Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Peregrine (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera awoker),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Fukushima Kotori-no-mori Park & Agano River:
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Black-faced Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オオヒシクイ, コブハクチョウ, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, コクチョウ,
オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ,
ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, シノリガモ, クロガモ, ホオジロガモ,
ミコアイサ, カワアイサ, ウミアイサ, カイツブリ, ミミカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ,
ミサゴ, トビ, オオワシ, チュウヒ, ハイタカ, ノスリ, オオバン, タゲリ, クサシギ, イソシギ,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ,
カケス, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ,
エナガ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ,
ゴジュウカラ, キバシリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, イスカ, ウソ, シメ,
イカル, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, コジュリン
2019 November 29
Ukishimagahara Park, Maruhi Nature Park & Suyama ascending road of Mt. Fuji (Shizuoka)
浮島が原公園&丸火自然園&富士山須山登山道(静岡)

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)



Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)

; all photos by H.Usui
This is a report about birding at Ukishimagahara Park, Maruhi Nature Park (Maruhi Shizen-Koen), and Suyama ascending road of Mt. Fuji.

In Ukishima Marsh, I saw a Long-billed Dowitcher among ducks.
The ducks were Eurasian Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler.
I drove around the rice fields in the area, but I found neither of Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) nor Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus).
In Ukishimagahara Park, there were few birds in the field just after the reeds had been mowed. We will be able to expect Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla torquilla) after the mowing.

In Haruhi Nature Park, I waited for birds while having lunch, however only Varied Tits, Japanese Tits and Willow Tits appeared. The Varied Tit stopped on and ate my bread. The bird might think I was a person who feed the birds.

On the Suyama ascending road of Mt. Fuji, I saw a few Yellow-throated Buntings and Rustic Buntings, and many Dusky Thrushes.

On the way back home, I saw a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis) soaring in the sky at Yamakita area.

The birds reported are;
- Ukishimagahara Park:
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Maruhi Nature Park:
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus)

- Suyama ascending route of Mt. Fuji:
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, ノスリ, オオバン, オオハシシギ,
カワセミ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ, エナガ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イカル,
ホオジロ, カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 November 23
Udo River (Aisai, Aichi) & Kiso-Nagara Sewari Bank (Aichi/Gifu Prefectures)
鵜戸川(愛知県愛西市)&木曽長良背割堤(岐阜県海津市)

Ducks in Udo River

Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)?

Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus)

Ducks in Kiso River
After birding at Wild Nature Plaza, we visited Sewari Bank of Kiso and Nagara Rivers.

On the way to Sewari Bank, we stopped over at Udo River.
Baikal Teals (Sibirionetta formosa) were observed some days ago, but we did not see the duck. However there were many ducks in the river.

Sewari Bank is located in between Kiso River and Nagara River. This is a very good birding spot with a variety of habits such as river, pine trees, forests of broad-leaf trees, and grass lands, to watch waterfowls, raptors and passerines.
Recently, a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius borealis) and a Peregrine Falcon (Peale's) (Falco peregrinus pealei) have been observed in winter.
We did not see these birds this time, but we saw many ducks in the river and some raptors (Osprey, Eastern Buzzards, Eastern Marsh-Harrier, Northern Goshawk). We saw a harrier looked like Hen Harrier, too.

The birds observed were;
- Udo River:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Kiso-Nagara Sewari Bank:
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis), Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ,
カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, コチョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ,
オオタカ, ノスリ, オオバン, ケリ, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ,
オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 November 23
Wild Nature Plaza, Kiso Sansen Park (Inazawa, Aichi)
ワイルドネイチャープラザ(愛知県稲沢市)

Lesser Whitethroat (Siberian) (Sylvia curruca blythi/Curruca curruca blythi)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Ducks in Kiso River
We visited Wild Nature Plaza in Kiso Sansen Park, traditionally known as "Sobue Sand Dunes", in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture.
Lessor Whitethroat, the accidental species in Japan, had been recorded in this site.
When we arrived at the park in the early morning, there were already many birders and photographers.
At a small bush with trees where people were surrounding, we heard and saw a very active Japanese Bush-Warbler but the target bird did not appear for a while.
However, it suddenly come up on the top of the tree. It seemed to eat some small insects on the seeds of the tree. The bird moved inside the tree very quickly and acrobatically like Warbling White-eye, and disappeared into the bush.
After this, a Japanese Bush-Warbler and a Daurian Redstart appeared but the bird did not appear for a while.
When it appeared again, it moved among the trees again and moved to the next bush. Such behavior was repeated several times.

At river side, there were a few buntings such as Meadow, Masked, and a few Long-tailed Rosefinches.

In Kiso River there were many ducks, and a Western Osprey was flying above the river.

On the playground, therre were many Black-backed Wagtails and Buff-bellied Pipits.

The birds observed were;
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), White Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Lesser Whitethroat (Siberian) (Sylvia curruca blythi/Curruca curruca blythi),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus), Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ,
カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, オオタカ,
オオバン, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス,
コノドジロムシクイ, メジロ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, ビンズイ,
オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 November 17
Yawata-wetlands region and Mt. Garyu, Kitahiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
八幡湿原&臥竜山(広島)

Place where Pine Buntings (Emberiza leucocephalos) regularly winter

Yawata-wetland

Forest of Mt. Garyu



Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos)

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Goldcrests (Regulus regulus)





Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Yawata-wetlands region and Mt. Garyu, Kitahiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Yawata-wetlands region (elevation about 800m) in Hiroshima Prefecture is a rare place where Pine Buntings (Emberiza leucocephalos) regularly winter.

We visited the most promising site, where these birds are said to forage on paddy fields and rest on trees or electric wires.
Initially there was little sign of birds, but we saw Pine Buntings sometimes perched on electric wires after foraging. They then flew and landed, but it was extremely difficult to find them on the ground.

Later on, more birds appeared and we could see them foraging on paddy fields. We also saw a maximum of nine birds flying in a group, but they flew away to forest.

Thanks to the warm and windless weather, male birds issued various calls when perched, but it was apparently not enough to sing.

We then moved to wetland region with full of grasses and searched a Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria), which was seen on the previous day, but couldn't find it.

Mt. Garyu is located close to this wetland and we could reach close to the summit by car (elevation about 1100m). This forest is primarily of beech trees.
Voice of birds was not abundant due to the late season and high elevation, but we could hear an Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea). Fortunately, the bird came closer to us and we could glimpsed the bird moving between branches.

We then moved to Ozaki-dani wetland, where a small dam lake surrounded by forests is present.
Plants characteristic to high altitude moorlands are present.
Ducks were not abundant, but we could hear and see various forest birds.
There was a mixed flock of tits, mainly consisting of Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus) and some Goldcrests (Regulus regulus).
We could also record the voice of a Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) distantly.

Although Pine Buntings winter here, it is said to be almost impossible to find them when the land is covered with snow (this region has heavy snowfall, hosting a number of ski resorts).
The best observing season is late November.
When the snow thaws in March, Pine Buntings in summer plumages are said to be seen, but they disappear rather quickly.

List of species:
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

コガモ, ヒドリガモ, オオバン, キジバト, トビ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, コゲラ,
モズ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, シジュウカラ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒガラ, エナガ,
ゴジュウカラ, キクイタダキ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, シラガホオジロ,
マヒワ, アトリ, カワラヒワ, ウソ, ベニマシコ, シメ, イスカ
2019 November 17
Showa Commemorative National Government Park (Tachikawa & Akishima, Tokyo)
昭和記念公園(東京都 立川市・昭島市)

Pond & Ducks on small island

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)
We visited Showa Commemorative National Government Park (Showa Kinen Park).
Formerly this place was a Japanese military airbase and in the postwar era operated by the US military. Then, it turned into a park as part of a project to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Showa emperor.
This park is very huge and there are ponds, forests, wide lawn, flower gardens, marshs, museums and sports facilities.

In the pond, ducks were resting on the grassland of the small island, and a Little Grebe and a Great Crested Grebe were swimming leisurely.
In the forest, Japanese Tits and Honshu White-eyes were moving inside trees, and a Masked Bunting was moving with whisper calls inside bush.
On the open grassland, many Grey-capped Greenfinches were foraging.

The birds observed were;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ,
キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ,
ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ
2019 November 16
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus) mobbed by crows



Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)



Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Lake Nishinoko (Nishi-no-Ko) in Shiga Prefecture.

I visited here again expecting that wintering birds had increased in number.
It was a calm day in contrast to the previous visits in this season, and I could see and hear many passerine birds, especially Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) and Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus).
They were actively foraging just in front of me and I could hear their calls loudly.
The Long-tailed Rosefinch is famous for its strong wing beats and I could hear this sound, too.
Bull-headed Shrikes (Lanius bucephalus) were seen either calling or issuing subsong.

Relatively early in the morning, two Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus) appeared as they were mobbed by crows. Probably due to the calm weather, these harriers were not seen as frequently as in previous visits.
Other raptors were absent in the sky probably due to the windless condition.

The ducks in the lake had not increased much, and they were more distant than in my previous visits in this season.
Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) were seen relatively abundantly.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

カワウ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, オナガガモ, オカヨシガモ, ホシハジロ,
オオバン, タゲリ, トビ, チュウヒ, カワセミ, モズ, ヒバリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ジョウビタキ, ツグミ, ウグイス,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, アトリ, カワラヒワ, アオジ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン, ベニマシコ
2019 November 16
Tatara Marsh (Gunma)
多々良沼(群馬)

Tatara Marsh

Smew (Mergellus albellus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides) & Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) & Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii)

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)
; photo by R.Kinomura
After birding at Watarase Retarding Basin, we moved to Tatara Marsh (Tatara-Numa) together with young birder, R.Kinomura.

There were many ducks and Great Crested Grebes in the water.
Two Smews were also seen.
At the shore, there were a flock of shorebirds (Dunlins, Common Greenshanks, Spotted Redshank, Long-billed Dowitcher), a Red-necked Stint, and a Little Ringed Plover.

At Gaba-numa Pond nearby, swans, the winter messenger, had come back this field. There were Whooper Swans and Tundra Swans.

Three Oriental Storks (Ciconia boyciana) had been observed one week ago were not seen this time.

The birds observed were;
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii/Cygnus bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus),
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus), ,br> White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ,
カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン,
コチドリ, オオハシシギ, ツルシギ, アオアシシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ, キジバト, コゲラ,
カケス, ミヤマガラス, メジロ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2019 November 16
Itakura paddy field & Watarase Retarding Basin (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki)
板倉たんぼ&渡良瀬遊水地(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus/Corvus dauuricus) & Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Reed field of Watarase Retarding Basin after submerged
We visited the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi) together with young birder, R.Kinomura.

As soon as we arrived at the paddy field in Itakura Town, we saw a Merlin perching on an electrical wire. The bird stayed there for a while, then flew low over the harvested rice field. Birds in the rice field were surprised by the sudden appearance of the raptor and were flying around.
There was a Chestnut-eared Bunting in a bush of reed, and a Brown-cheeked Rail in a small water channel.
We searched for Eastern Marsh-Harrier and Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), but we found some Eastern Buzzards only.
There was a big flock of crow. They were Rooks and Daurian Jackdaws.

In the Watarase Retarding Basin, most of the area was prohibited to enter due to the construction to recover the damages by Super Typhoon "Hagibis". Thus, we could hardly visit the birding spots in the field.
Probably because the typhoon submerged the entire recreation area, there were few birds in the field, and we saw only one Eastern Marsh-Harrier whose number shoud be increased more in the ordinary year.

The birds observed are;
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca creccaresti),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Merlin (East Siberian) (Falco columbarius insignis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus/Corvus dauuricus), Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, コチョウゲンボウ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ,
クイナ, オオバン, タシギ, キジバト, アカゲラ, モズ, コクマルガラス, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
エナガ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ,
シメ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ
2019 November 15
Mt. Mizugaki (Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture) & Near Lake Suwa (Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture)
瑞牆山(北杜市,山梨)&諏訪湖近辺(岡谷,長野)

Lake Mizugaki

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) hiding in shadow
; photo by H.Usui

a view from Enrei; Northern Alps

Pallas' Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus portenkoi)
; photo by H.Usui
We visited forests and the dam lake at the foothill of Mt. Mizugaki, and the mountain near Lake Suwa.
In Hokkaido, it was covered with the strongest cold air and it was snowstorm, but the weather at the sites we visited was sunny and calm.

At Mt. Mizugaki, the forest was full of autumn leaves, and the contrast between the white rocks of the mountain, the blue sky and the autumn leaves was very beautiful.
When we started walking on the forest road at the foothill of Mt. Mizugaki, we met a flock of tits. The dominant of the flock was Willow Tit, and some other tits (Coal, Varied) and Eurasian Tree-Creepers were moving together.
Dusky Thrushes and crows gathered at the wild grapes.
In Lake Mizugaki, there were some ducks (Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed, Mandarin). The Mandarin Ducks were staying in the shadow under the tree at the lake side, and it was difficult to see them.

In the afternoon we walked Enrei, which is located at in the corner of the Yatsugatake center Plateau National Park.
This field is located on a plateau 1,000m above sea level and is also known as the home of over 100 varieties of wild birds.
As soon as we started walking, we found a Pallas' Rosefinch perching on the top of a tree. Also there were tits (Varied, Coal, Japanese) moving very actively.
The flocks of Eurasian Siskin and Brambling were also seen.
We heard loud calls of Red Crossbills. We searched for the birds but they flew away without appearance front of us.

The birds we observed are;
at the foothill's forest of Mt. Mizugaki
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Eurasian Tree-Creeper (japonica) (Certhia familiaris japonica),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)?
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

at Lake Mizugaki
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus)Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

at Enrei
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Pallas' Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus portenkoi),
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra japonica),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オシドリ, マガモ, , カルガモ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ハイタカ, オオバン, コゲラ, モズ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ゴジュウカラ, キバシリ, アカハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ,
アトリ, マヒワ, オオマシコ, イスカ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ

2019 November 10
Lake Izu-Numa and Kabukuri-Numa Marsh (Miyagi Prefecture)
伊豆沼&蕪栗沼(宮城)

Lake Izu-Numa

Large flying flock of Geese

Aleutian Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia)



Flock of Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)



Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris)

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

Aleutian Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at "Lake Izu-Numa" and "Kabukuri-Numa Marsh" in Miyagi Prefecture.

We visited this location upon information of a rare goose.
Although we couldn't see that goose, we could enjoy this "sacred ground" of geese.

We first visited paddy fields near Lake Izu-Numa and saw a huge flock of geese, mainly Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) and some Taiga Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) and Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris).
They were foraging in a large group and suddenly flew as a vehicle passed nearby.
The voice of a large flying flock was loud enough to overwhelm the noise of the vehicle.

We then visited paddy fields near Kabukuri-Numa Marsh.
There were also the same types of geese as in Lake Izu-Numa locations, but could not find the rare species.

We then returned to a different part of paddy fields near Lake Izu-Numa, where geese are expected.
Among these geese, we fortunately met a small flock of Aleutian Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia).
We found a total of seven birds foraging on paddy fields.

We then moved to a different location where a Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) was spotted earlier on this day.
At somewhat different location (different individual?) we found a Snow Goose. It was initially sleeping and was difficult to find. While we were observing this bird, it started foraging and then slept again.

We returned to the location where we spotted Aleutian Cackling Geese.
The birds were not where we spotted them, but there were a number of geese around. Some of them already started moving as the Sun declined.
We found Aleutian Cackling Geese standing on a ridge between paddy fields. They were ready to move and started to the sky.

List of species (very incomplete since we mainly watched geese):
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons),
Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris), Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Aleutian Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

マガン, ヒシクイ, オオヒシクイ, ハクガン, シジュウカラガン, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, アオサギ, オオバン,
トビ, アカゲラ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, ウグイス, ヒヨドリ, 他
2019 November 08
Downstream & Mouth of Sakawa River (Kanagawa)
酒匂川下流&河口(神奈川)

Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus) & Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis) on gravel field after flushing by typhoon

Black-headed Gulls (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus) & Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba)

Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)

Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
We visited the downstream and mouth of Sakawa River (Sakawa-Gawa).
The Sakawa River runs through the Sakawa Lowland in the western region of Kanagawa Prefecture, between Hakone Volcano to the west and the Oiso Hills to the east and flows into Sagami Bay.

Sakawa River mainstream and tributary Karikawa were heavily damaged by Super Typhoon "Hagibis". The grasslands that spread along the river were swept away by the torrent and turned into a gravel fields.
There were fewer passerine birds in the small grassland left.

Instead there were many waterfowls.
Especially there were big flocks of Black-headed Gulls, Great White Egrets (A.a.alba) and Great Cormorants. Black-headed Gulls and Great White Egrets may stay and winter at this field.
There were a few Common Mergansers, one of the regular wintering species there.
The number of ducks at the weir was yet small but there were the most of regular wintering species (Eurasian Wigeon, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Eurasian Teal, Falcated Duck). There was one hybrid of Eurasian Wigeon and American Wigeon among the flock of Eurasian Wigeon.

The birds obserbed (* recorded by another birder) are;
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (Mareca penelope x Mareca americana),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Western Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba alba),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), *Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

コブハクチョウ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, ヒドリガモxアメリカヒドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, カワアイサ,
アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン,
イソシギ, *ツバメチドリ, ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト,
カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ,
ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ,
シメ, ホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 November 06
Lake Inba-numa Area (Chiba)
印旛沼付近(千葉)

Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus)
; photo by K.Kawase

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis)
; photo by K.Kawase

Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

"Kanta-kun", the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
We visited Boso-no-Mura Park and Lake Inba-Numa (Inba-Numa) in Chiba Prefecture.

Red Crossbills (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica) and Two-barred Crossbill/White-winged Crossbill (Eurasian) (Loxia leucoptera bifasciata) were observed the day before and we visited the park to look for these birds.
When we arrived the park, there were already many birders and photographers, but nobody had found the birds.
There were many pine trees in the vast area of the park. We walked around the park and searched for the birds in those pine trees carefully, however we could not find them.
Instead, there were some Eurasian Siskins, Goldcrests and Coal Tits which are not common in the lowland in Kanto Plain.
This seemed a good sign that many winter birds will come in this winter.

Since the target birds were not found, we moved to Lake Inba-Numa.
In the lake, there were ducks but the number of them was not many and were at the far distance. We saw Mallards, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Black-necked Grebes, and Great Crested Grebes nearby, but It was difficult to identify the species of ducks far away.
There was "Kanta-kun", the Great White Pelican, as usual.

The birds observed are;
- at Boso-no-Mura Park:
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius)<
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus)

- at Lake Inba-Numa:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

マガモ, カルガモ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, モモイロペリカン, カワウ, ミサゴ, ハイタカ, オオバン,
カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス,
メジロ, キクイタダキ, ビンズイ, オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, オオジュリン
2019 November 05
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) & Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera)

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area again.
The lowest temperature of the day was below 10 degrees Celsius in Tokyo area, the coldest in this autumn.
The field was deserted after the typhoons and floods, the birds in the river bed was still small in number. However, I saw a few Meadow Buntings and a Eurasian Skylark, the residents in this field, which might survived in the disasters.

Although the number is still small, various kinds of winter birds have arrived in this field, too.
I saw a Hawfinch in the trees, a few Masked Buntings, Rustic Buntings, and Buff-bellied Pipits in the grasslands, and ducks (Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeons, Common Pochards, Tufted, Eurasian Teals) and a Great Crested Grebe in the river.

The number of raptors increased, too. There were a Northern Goshawk hiding in a tree, two Common Kestrels in the sky, and several Bull-headed Shrikes in the riverbed.

The birds observed are;
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン, イソシギ,
カワラバト, キジバト, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2019 November 03
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿原(福井県敦賀市)

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) & Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nakaikemi Wetland (Nakaikemi-shicchi) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.

I visited here again to see what kind of winter and passing birds were there. It was cloudy in the morning but quickly became fine. The weather became cloudy as time passed. As expected, I could not see a Japanese yellow bunting (Emberiza sulphurata) this time. When it is fine in Nakaikemi Wetland, passerine birds often flew high above the Wetland and don't perch on trees frequently. The day was a typical for such fine weather. I could hear and see flying long-tailed rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus), common reed buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus), rustic buntings (Emberiza rustica), but they were difficult to image. Only around noon, when the weather became cloudy, I saw perched birds more frequently. The voice was, however, abundant and there were many long-tailed rosefinches all the way around, and some of them were apparently in conflict with others. Buntings of various kinds were also present in a large number. I could see only one Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri). During my visits in the past week, I could hear narcissus flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina) in various locations, but I couldn't hear one this time. The only late passing bird was a Kamchatka leaf warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus). Raptos became more prominent. I saw an Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), harassing ducks in the pond, and crows and jays became noisy. I saw an eastern buzzard (Buteo japonicus) perched on the same electric tower as in my the last visit. This individual may have already been wintering here. A western osprey (Pandion haliaetus) also flew above the Wetland.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カルガモ, クイナ, トビ, ミサゴ, ノスリ, アオゲラ, コゲラ, キジバト, モズ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, キセキレイ, ビンズイ,
ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, ツグミ, シロハラ, イソヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオムシクイ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒガラ, エナガ,
メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス, ヒヨドリ, カワラヒワ, シメ, アトリ, イカル, マヒワ, ベニマシコ,
カシラダカ, アオジ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2019 November 03
Lake Teganuma (Chiba)
手賀沼(千葉)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Eurasian Teal & Common Coot (Fulica atra atra)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus)

Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

Eurasian Teal, Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi) & Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)
I visited Lake Tega-Numa (Tega-Numa).

Lake Teganuma is a fresh water lake located at the west of Tokyo.
This lake is surrounded by new houses most of which were built in the 60's to 80's under the rapid development as a bedroom for workers commuting to the Tokyo metropolitan area. After development of this area, this lake was ranked as the worst populated lake in Japan by household wastwater.
Since 2001 the local government has made Lake Teganuma the focus of a municipal promotion campaign on the theme of "Birds and people living in harmony in Abiko, on beautiful Lake Teganuma." Lake Teganuma was designated as a targeted lake under on the Law Concerning Special Measures for Conservation of Lake Water Quality, and both the national and prefectural governments set out to implement comprehensive lake purification measures, including improvements to the local sewage system.
Accordingly, the lake was liberated from its long-time burden of having the country's worst water quality.
At nearby the lake, there is a bird museum named Abiko City Museum of Birds. This is the only museum related to bird studies and exhibition in Japan under the theme "Harmony among Birds and People!". Visitors can see specimens the extinct species in Japan such as Crested Shelduck (Tadorna cristata), RyuKyu Kingfisher (Todiramphus miyakoensis).

I started walking from Kita-Kashiwa Station. I walked along Ohori River. There were Mute Swans foraging on the walking path, a Daurian Redstart and a Bull-headed Shrike singing on trees, a flock of White-cheeked Starling in the sky, and many Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Little Grebes and some Common Coots in the river.

I saw small number but many kinds of waterfowls (Eurasian Teal, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe) in the lake.
There were some Black-headed Gulls and a Vega Gull, too.
In the reed field, there were some Meadow Buntings singing. Masked Bunting was also there hidden in the reeds.

There were many Great Cormorants and Eurasian Teals resting in the biotope.
There were also Common Moorhens and Little Grebes.

After birding, I visited the venue of Japan Bird Festival that was held on that day

The birds observed are;
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera strepera/Anas strepera strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コブハクチョウ, オカヨシガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, バン, オオバン, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ,
カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ,
ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 November 02 & 04
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Eastern Marsh Harrier flew over ducks

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Daurian Redstarts (Phoenicurus auroreus) competing each other

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Lake Nishinoko (Nishi-no-Ko) in Shiga Prefecture.

I visited Lake Nishinoko on two days. Both days were initially windy and I couldn't find many passerine birds.
The weather became fine on the first day as time passed, but passerine birds were already inactive.
On the second day, the wind increased as time passed, and it was the day of the "first Kogarashi" -- the first winter wind of the year.
Even raptors stopped acting and I quit birding earlier than scheduled.

Probably due to the high temperature in this fall, the ducks were not yet abundant and were only seen relatively distantly.
Wintering passerine birds had arrived, such as Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) and Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus). Although their voice was heard, they were difficult to image. I imaged a Common Reed Bunting in flight. It probably take some time before these birds appear more abundantly and are seen during foraging.
There were, however, many Daurian Redstarts (Phoenicurus auroreus) and some of them were competing each other.

At least two Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus) had already arrived and I could see them well particularly on the first day. As an Eastern Marsh Harrier flew over ducks, these ducks were flushed and often flew around for a certain time. This situation was repeated during hunting of the harrier.
One the second day, I managed to image a closely flying Eastern Marsh Harrier. The bird had a filled crop and probably enjoyed flying in the strong wind. After this bird disappeared, I saw no sign of raptors.

A Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was also frequently seen on the first day. It was then seen perched on a pole in the lake.
I also saw a quickly flying Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) toward the trees.
I saw a white-looking Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus). I wondered a bit whether it might have been a rare Buteo species, but turned out to be a whitish individual of Buteo japonicus.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

アオサギ, カワウ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ,
オオバン, クイナ, タゲリ, ユリカモメ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ, ミサゴ, ハイタカ, チョウゲンボウ, カワセミ,
コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, ヒバリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ, ジョウビタキ, ツグミ, オオムシクイ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, アトリ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ツリスガラ,
アオジ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン, ベニマシコ
2019 November 02
River Nogawa (Tokyo)
野川(東京)

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

Garganey (Spatula querquedula)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus)

Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica)

River Nogawa flows in Musashino Park crowded with persons
I waalked along River Nogawa.
There is a 10-20 m cliff line, known as Kokubunji-gaisen, in Musashino, Tokyo. River Nogawa flows along this cliff line. The slopes and the top of the cliff are dotted with copse and there is a spring at the base of the cliff. The spring water makes a small stream and flows in the urban area. Though the river is surrounded by the housing area, this provides a rich nature environment such as Musashino Park (Musashino-Koen) and Nogawa Park (Nogawa-Koen).

In the park, Warbling White-eye and tits (Japanese, Varied) were forming flocks and moving busily in the trees.

In the river in the parks, there were many Eastern Spot-billed Ducks.
In the Osawa area, the flow was a slightly bigger, and the aquatic plants prpspered well. There were a Garganey and two Common Moorhens. This Garganey is visiting here every year.
The day I visited was the first day of the three consecutive holidays, and the river and park became crowded with many vacationers near the noon.

The birds we observed are;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Hybrid, Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]), Garganey (Spatula querquedula),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

マガモ, カルガモ, マルガモ, シマアジ, コガモ, コサギ, カワウ, バン, オオバン,
カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ
2019 October 31
Miyagase, Kanagawa
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Grey Herons (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi) taking rest on driftwoods

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris)

Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus) on broken tree trunks and branches on forest road

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)
We visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) located at west side of Kanagawa prefecture. Here, a variety of winter birds can be expected on a forest road (Hayatogawa Rindo) along with the lake side.

We wanted to see how many winter birds have arrived.
This site was also damaged by Super Typhoon "Hagibis". The forest road to Hayatogawa Bridge was closed due to the landslip, and we should start to walk from Miyagase Lake-side Park. The walking path, Hayatogawa Rindo, was also damaged with some earth and sand or broken tree trunks and branches that flowed from the mountain streams.

The lake water was muddy and the water surface was covered with driftwoods.
We saw a couple of Crested Kingfisher. It seemed that they lost their usual safe place and were not able to find a place to relax.

Jays flew over the sky many times. Some had nuts. Is it ready for winter?
As the winter birds, we saw a lot of Daurian Redstarts and a few Masked Buntings.
It might be necessary to wait another few weeks for the other winter birds, such as Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus) or Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus).
We saw a Narcissus Flycatcher, summer bird, still remained.

The birds observed were;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),


マガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, アオバト, ヤマセミ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ,
モズ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, ソウシチョウ,
メジロ, ミソサザ, ジョウビタキ, キビタキ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 October 30
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Riverbed with most of grasslands lost

Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area again.
The condition of the river bed was worse than the last visit just after Super Typhoon "Hagibis". The grasslands and trees which had been barely left after the typhoon were further damaged or lost by the heavy rain one week ago.

As I was worry last visit, I saw neither of Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis), Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica), Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps) (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps), nor Tree Sparrow in the grassland.

Thanks to elimination of obstracles or bushes, it was easy to find Common Kingfishers. They gathered around a large new puddle.
In the puddle, a few Little Greves also gathered.

There were a few Bull-headed Shrikes and wagtailes (White, Japanese) around the puddle, too.
Suddenly, one Northern Goshawk jumped out of a tree and attacked a White Wagtail. But the hunt failed, the prey fled, and the goshawk was again hidden in the original tree.

In the nettle tree (Celtis sinensis) on the bank, Azure-winged Magpies, Brown-eared Bulbuls, and Japanese Tits gathered to eat its berries.

There were many egrets (Grey Heron, Great White, Little), and Great Cormorants as usual.

I saw some ducks newly such as Eurasian Wigeons, Mallards, Northern Pintails, and Eurasian Teal.
There was a small flock of Greater Scaup. They flew away soon. They might had stopped over on the way to the wintering place.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, スズガモ, カイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ, オオタカ, オオバン, イカルチドリ, イソシギ,
カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, オナガ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ
2019 October 28
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba)
三番瀬(千葉)

resting shorebirds

Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)



Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia)
: photo by T.Miyamoto
I visited Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen), that is the major tidal flat located at the deepest part of the Tokyo Bay, to see the Caspian Tern which had been staying for a week.

Since this bird has already been staying for about a week since October 22, I went to the site with anxiety that it might have moved away.
Upon arrival, it was high tide and the shorebirds perched on the offshore piles and nets.
Most of them are Dunlin, and there were Sanderlings, Grey Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwit among them.
There were a lot of Greater Scaups floating offshore. A local birder found a Stejneger's Scoter/White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri/Melanitta stejnegeri), which is a regular winter visitor in this field the day before, however I did not see it.
A huge flock of Great Cormorant flew the offshore, too.

When the tide gradually lowered and the tidal flat appeared and spread, the rested shorebirds came down to the tidal flat.
Then gulls and oystercatchers came to the tidal flat, too. However, the Caspian Tern did not appear.
After some time, the photographers started to move busily. The Caspian Tern appeared at last.
I could see the bird very closely and recognized its size very well.

The birds observed are;
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni), Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri),
Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

スズガモ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, ダイゼン, シロチドリ, メダイチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, ミユビシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, オニアジサシ, カワラバト, キジバト, モズ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ
2019 October 27
Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden & Daiza-hoshi Pond (Nagano Prefecture)
長野市戸隠森林植物園&大座法師池(長野)

Approach towards Oku-sha Shrine in the early morning

Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

White-backed Woodpecker (stejnegeri) (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri)
We also visited Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Togakushi Shinrin Shokubutu-En) in Nagano Prefecture expecting migrant birds such as Mugimaki Flycatcher and Eye-browed Thrush as same as T.Endo on 22-23 October.

The weather forecast until the previous day was cloudy, but it gradually changed to worse, and it was possible to be rainy before the noon.
So, we arrived at the site early in the morning before it got brighter.
The main road in the garden was closed due to aging of the wood paths, and we should make a long detour to reach the garden's central part.
On the way, we found several creeper plants (Euonymus fortune) with red berries, that is one of favorite foods for Mugimaki Flycatchers, and there were a few Mugimaki Flycatchers and Willow Tits. However, it was dark or misty, we could not see them well.
After it turned bright, we looked for the flycatchers again, but this time they did not come.
We saw many thrushes (Dusky, Eyebrowed) formed flocks, and were eating berries at the canopy of the forest ,or were flying sky.
A flock of Japanese Grosbeak was very active in the early morning.
We saw many Wood Nuthatches actively moving in the forest.
Woodpeckers (White-backed, Great Spotted, Japanese Pygmy) were also very active.
At noon, it started rain. We left the garden and moved to the camping site. We saw a Mugimaki Flycatcher and a White-backed Woodpecker eating berries of Euonymus fortune there.
At Daiza-hoshi Pond in Iizuna Town, there were many ducks (Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard). This is the first time I saw such a big number of ducks in this pond. They might have lost the habitats and gathered at this pond due to the flood of Chikuma River by the typhoon.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (orientalis) (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
White-backed Woodpecker (stejnegeri) (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Eurasian Tree-Creeper (japonica) (Certhia familiaris japonica),
Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, キンクロハジロ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, クマタカ, オオバン,
コゲラ, オオアカゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ミソサザイ,
ゴジュウカラ, キバシリ, マミチャジナイ, アカハラ, ツグミ, ムギマキ, アトリ, マヒワ, イカル
2019 October 26-27
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿原(福井県敦賀市)

Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)



Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) & Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)

Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)?

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nakaikemi Wetland (Nakaikemi-shicchi) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.

I visited here on two days in a row. On the first day, the weather was mostly cloudy (under a weak front) but it was warm. On the second day, it was also cloudy in the morning but soon became fine. It became somewhat windy later in the observation.

There were full of Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) and Meadow Buntings (Emberiza cioides) on the first day, but Japanese Yellow Buntings (Emberiza sulphurata) still remained. There appears to have been a wave of migration on the first day and I saw a male Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus) first time in this season.

This bird sang a bit thanks to the warm weather.
Another noteworthy sighting was an Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla). I also heard the voice of this species at times from the vast wetland.
Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) also increased in number.

On the second day, Black-faced Buntings became less apparent and Meadow Buntings greatly decreased in number.
Probably thanks to this decrease, I could see Japanese Yellow Buntings more frequently than on the first day. They, however, were only active before 9:30 a.m. and there were only limited activity of buntings after then (as the Sun rose and it became somewhat windy).

Later it became a watching day of migratory raptors. (This location is next to the well-known hawk watching point Mt. Tezutsu in Fukui Prefecture).
Probably due to the poor weather on the previous days, there were a number of Eastern Buzzards (Buteo japonicus) appearing above the wetland. One of them perched on the electric tower and even searched prey around it. This bird appeared to spend some time around this wetland during migration.
Later on, a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) appeared and also flew to the west. This bird was mobbed by a Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis).

Even later, I saw a flock of White-bellied Green Pigeons (Treron sieboldii), which might also be migratory.
I could hear Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina) in various places, but didn't hear Kamchatka Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus examinandus) as was usually present in this season.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis), White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)?
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カイツブリ, マガモ, カルガモ, クイナ, トビ, キジバト, アオバト, ノスリ, オオタカ, ツミ, アオゲラ, コゲラ,
モズ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, キセキレイ, ビンズイ, キビタキ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, ツグミ,
ウグイス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒガラ, エナガ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス,
ヒヨドリ, ムギマキ? カワラヒワ, シメ, アトリ, イカル, ベニマシコ, ノジコ, カシラダカ, アオジ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2019 October 24
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba)
三番瀬(千葉)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida)

Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri)

Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis)

Eurasian Oystercatcher (Kamtchatka) (Haematopus ostralegus osculans)

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia) & Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

; all photos by K.Inoue.
This is a report by K.Inoue about birding at Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) is the major tidal flat located at the deepest part of the Tokyo Bay.

It was almost the end of the migration of the seabirds. Most of the shorebirds observed were the wintering species.
A rarity bird appeared since the day before. It is very big tern like Black-tailed Gull; Caspian Tern.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Kamtchatka) (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri), Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia caspia)

ミヤコドリ, ダイゼン, シロチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, ミユビシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オニアジサシ
2019 October 23
Mouth & Middle-reaches of Sagami River (Hiratsuka & Zama, Kanagawa)
相模川河口&中流域(平塚&座間,神奈川)

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus)

Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica nilotica)

Sagami River after Typhoon "Hagibis"

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)

Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica)
I visited the mouth and middle reaches of Sagami River (Sagami-Gawa).

After Super Typhoon "Hagibis" struck one week ago, terns had been recorded at the mouth of the river.
When I reached there, there were gulls on the breakwater and beach.
I looked for the terns among them.
Then I found a Whiskered Tern flying.
Also I found a Gull-billed Tern resting on the breakwater. The Gull-billed Tern repeated flying on the water and stopping on the waterbreak.

Since the target birds were seen in the rmouth, I moved to the middle-reaches of the river.
I expected to see the birds which had been observed by the local birder such as;
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata) and Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri).
Unfortunately, I could not find them.
The river bed was seriously damaged by the typhoon.
I am afraid that this affects the habitats of birds and other animals.
In the river and river bed, I only saw several Grey Herons and Great Cormorants.
On the river bank, there were many Bull-headed Shrikes calling loudly on the top of trees.
Two Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers were chasing each other.
In the vegetable fields near the river, there were some flocks of Eurasian Skylark flying busily.
Surprisingly, a Barn Swallow was still flying.
Two Golden Plovers flew and landed on a nearby harvested rice field, but immediately flew away.
Two male Common Kestrels were flying and keeping each other in check.

The birds observed are;
- at mouth of Sagami River
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica nilotica), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus)


- at middle-reaches of Sagami River
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Eurasian Wryneck (Japan) (Jynx torquilla japonica)?
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ムナグロ,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ハシブトアジサシ, クロハラアジサシ,
カワラバト, キジバト, アリスイ? コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, ジョウビタキ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ
2019 October 23
Kyoto Imperial Garden (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都御苑(京都)





Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gyoen) in Kyoto Prefecture

There are two (known to us) trees of Ternstroemia gymnanthera in the Kyoto Imperial Garden and they are known to attract flycatchers and other birds when they bear berries.
One of them was severely damaged by the typhoon in the last year and is no longer a suitable place for watching birds. The other was also damaged and didn't bear berries in the last season.
After a year, we expected whether the berries survive and again attract birds.

When I arrived, I was rather surprised to hear the high density of voice of Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina). They soon appeared and plucked berries by hawking.
Two years ago I saw a Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki) here. I expected it might have been again, but I could only saw Narcissus Flycatchers.

The other birds visiting here include Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), which have markedly increased in number on these days.
I couldn't hear Kamchatka Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus examinandus) which were frequently met in the previous year.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

トビ, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ,
スズメ, エナガ, メジロ, キビタキ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, シメ
2019 October 22-23
Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Nagano Prefecture)
長野市戸隠森林植物園(長野)

Midorigaike pond after rain

Mugimaki Flycatcher♂ (Ficedula mugimaki)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Red berries (Euonymus Fortunei) for Mugimaki Flycatcher

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

Willow Tit (Parus montanus) (002)

Kagami-ike pond

; all photos by T.Endo
This is a report by T.Endo about birding at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Togakushi Shinrin Shokubutu-En) in Nagano Prefecture.

A birder from Osaka and I visited Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, expecting migrant birds, Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki) and Eye-browed Thrush (Turdus obscurus).
Fortunately, even after the severe typhoon attacked at Nagano city, Togakushi seemed to be no damaged.
At this season, in Togakushi, we could watch migrants and winter visitors as well as residents in highland. The red and yellow foliage in autumn also was enjoyable.
Red berries of a creeper plant, Euonymus fortune is one of favorite foods for Mugimaki Flycatchers, and we could observe males and females of them around the trees.
It should be noticed that the birds were always accompanied by mixed flocks of Tits and Nuthatches.
Some Eye-browed Thrushes fed on black berries of an amur cork tree (probably Phellodendron amurense, but not clearly identified).
On the same tree we also spotted a flock of Dusty Thrushes (Turdus naumanni). It was likely that Thrushes were attracted by the black berries.

List of species:
Northern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Willow Tit (Parus montanus), Varied Tit (Parus varius), Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zesterops japonicas),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea),
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris),
Eye-browed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus naumanni),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

カルガモ, カイツブリ,アオゲラ,アカゲラ,コゲラ,ハシブトガラス,コガラ,ヤマガラ,
シジュウカラ,ヒヨドリ,ウグイス,エナガ,ゴジュウカラ,キバシリ,キビタキ,
マミチャジナイ,アカハラ,ツグミ,ムギマキ,キビタキ,ホオジロ,カシラダカ
2019 October 22
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿原(福井県敦賀市)

Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata) & Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)

Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)



Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

flock of buntings in the sky

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nakaikemi Wetland (Nakaikemi-shicchi) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.

We had another typhoon passing south to us and it was rainy and windy at night.
I visited here again without much expectation.

Upon arrival, it was fine.
I initially saw a number of Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) and I felt that the season was already too late to expect Japanese Yellow Buntings (Emberiza sulphurata).
Contrary to this poor expectation, there were many Japanese Yellow Buntings and some of them perched on the most visible tree in the wetland and took a long rest after they foraged on the ground.
I estimated that the numbers of Japanese Yellow Buntings and Black-faced Buntings were nearly equal.

There were also Rustic Buntings (Emberiza rustica) and when this bird and a Japanese Yellow Bunting perched together, the lanky build of the Japanese Yellow Bunting was apparent.

There was again an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) circling high in the blue sky.

There were also many Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri) and I could fully enjoy these birds for the initial two hours.
The rain probably brought these birds in a large number.
After then the weather became windy and cloudy, and the activity of buntings remarkably reduced.
I moved to the banding location and found many birds trapped in the mist nest.
The banders collected them and nearly half of birds were Japanese Yellow Buntings. According to them, such a peak of migration of this species was rather late.
In any case, we were eased by the number of this species after a remarkably small one in the last year.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Stejneger's stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala), Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カルガモ, ダイサギ, カワウ, クイナ, トビ, ノスリ, アオゲラ, アカゲラ, コゲラ, モズ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
キビタキ, コサメビタキ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, ウグイス, オオムシクイ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, メジロ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, シメ, アトリ, ノジコ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2019 October 20
Ikenokouchi Moor (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
池河内湿原(福井県敦賀市)



Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis)

Coal Tit (Periparus ater)



Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ikenokochi Moor (Ikenokochi-Shitsugen) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.

Since the condition for passerines became less favorable in Nakaikemi Wetland, we moved to Ikenokouchi Moor.

Soon after our arrival, we saw a soaring Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis). The bird was sometimes mobbed by a Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis) but soared high and flew away.
We enjoyed this show for some minutes.

The weather condition (fine and some wind) was apparently favorable for raptors and we saw many Black Kites (Milvus migrans) in the sky.

There suddenly appeared a Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis) over the mountain ridge and approached us alternately flapping wings and then soaring. This was also likely a migratory individual.

Japanese Green Woodpeckers (Picus awokera) were calling from several locations.
We also saw a Coal Tit (Periparus ater) on the top of the tree.
Several Eurasian Jays (Garrulus glandarius japonicus) flew across the sky.
The season was probably a bit early for main visitors (winter birds) of the Moor.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

トビ, クマタカ, ツミ, アオゲラ, コゲラ, モズ, ウグイス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, エナガ,
メジロ, ハシブトガラス, カケス, ヒヨドリ, イカル, ホオジロ
2019 October 20
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿原(福井県敦賀市)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nakaikemi Wetland (Nakaikemi-shicchi) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture.

This season is the peak migration of Japanese Yellow Buntings (Emberiza sulphurata) and Nakaikemi Wetland is a famous stopover location of this species.
In this season, however, the previous weekend was ruined by a strong typhoon and this was my first visit in this season.
The day was following a passing cold front on the previous day. It was warm in the morning with some sunlight, but became windy later.
Although the observing condition was not very favorable, we could see a number of migratory birds.

The number of the Japanese Yellow Bunting was higher than in the last season and we could see them falling from the sky to the ground for foraging.
They were very difficult to image. On a single occasion, a bird perched on the tree and we have managed to obtain photos.
According to the banders, the peak migration of the Japanese Yellow Bunting was a one or two days before. The weather on the previous day was forecasted to be rainy and I could not visit here around the peak.

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri) were quite numerous and we could see them everywhere. Some of them were issuing calls, probably against different individuals of this species.

Near the banding location, the banders saw an Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) perched on a tree for a long time in early morning, probably when we were watching Japanese Yellow Buntings. We could hear suspected voice of this wryneck during our later observation of buntings.

Wintering birds, such as Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) or thrushes had not arrived in a large number and we could hardly hear them.
There were, however, a number of Olive-backed Pipits (Anthus hodgsoni) flying and calling.

During the observation, I saw a soaring Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), probably in migration.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カルガモ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオゲラ, アカゲラ, コゲラ, モズ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
アリスイ, キビタキ, シロハラ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, ウグイス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, メジロ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, ノジコ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, シメ, オオジュリン
2019 October 17-20
Hegura Island (Ishikawa)
舳倉島(石川)

Common Redpoll (flammea) (Acanthis flammea flammea)
; photo by K.Inoue

Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis)
; photo by K.Inoue

Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (pekinensis) (Alauda arvensis pekinensis/Alauda japonica pekinensis)
; photo by K.Inoue

Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)
; photo by K.Inoue

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti deserti)
; photo by K.Inoue

Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni)
; photo by K.Inoue

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus/Seicercus examinandus)
; photo by K.Inoue

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus montis barisanus/Abrornis inornatus)
; photo by K.Inoue

White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)
; photo by K.Inoue

Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps)
; photo by K.Inoue
Hegura Island (Hegura-Jima) in the migratory seasons is the heaven of birders. In spring and autumn, this island is filled with migratory birds.
One concern is the access to the island. Only ship is the means of transportation to the island.
The public ship named "Megumi" is regularly in operation, but because of its size as 98 tons, it does not operate in the conditions either of more than 2m wave or more than 10 m/s wing. Therefore, the possibility of cancellation is very high.
On the other hand, if the weather is good and the ship operates, migratory birds pass through without stopping over the island.
The birding trip in Hegura Island is a big challenge especially in autumn when typhoons hit Japan.

Fortunately, the departure date was calm this time and the ship sailed without problems.
We stayed for 3 nights in one of two Japanese guest haouses which are the only lodgings in the island.

When arriving, there were many buntings (Yellow-throated, Rustic, Pine), Dusky Thrushes, Japanese Skylarks (pekinensis), siskins (Eurasian, Common Redpoll) on the lawn square near the port, and Daurian Redstarts, Warbling White-eyes, Grey-capped Greenfinches (kawarahiba) in the surrounding grasslands.
According to birders who have been staying a few days ago, the number of birds has decreased, but we felt it was still very large.

We put our luggage at the guest house and walked around the coast of the island.
On the coast and breakwaters, there were many Black-tailed Gulls and immature Slaty-backed Gulls, but there were only a few other birds; such as Blue Rock Thrushes, Grey herons, White Wagtails, Rooks, Dusky Thrushes, Olive-backed Pipit, Northern Pintail, Grey Plover.

On the coastal rocky area, a strayed Desert Wheatear which had been observed since a few days ago, was attracting many photographers and birders.

Then, we walked inside the forest that spreads out in the center of the island. There were huge numbers of Daurian Redstarts, White-eyes and Goldcrests everywhere.
Eyebrowed Thrushes, Dusky Thrushes, Red-flanked Bluetail, Japanese Bush Warbblers were lurking on the narrow passages.
We expected to see leaf warblers, however we did not see.
Instead we saw a Japanese Waxwing.

In the next morning, the member seemed almost same as the day before. A birder saw two Long-tailed Rosefinches and a Siberian Accentor, but we did not see them.
At the front of another guest house, we saw two Naumann's Thrushes.
In the evening, the weather became worse and finally it began to rain. That time, on the roadside, a large number of Coal Tits which just arrived gathered at the seeds of the grasses. Some birders saw the fallout of birds.

In the morning of the third day, the rain stopped.
The number of Coal Tit and Japanese Tit increased a lot. We saw them everywhere in the island.
The numbers of Brown-eared Bulbul, Pale Thrush, Masked Bunting, and Grey Bunting also increased.
A small number of leaf warblers such as Kamchatka and Yellow-browed) were found.
However, in the afternoon, the number of birds, such as Daurian Redstart and Goldcrest that were seen everywhere on the first day, was steadily decreasing.
In the evening, we saw a Eurasian Bullfinch (rosacea), Asian Stubtails, and Red Crossbill (Japanese) in the forest.

On the last day, the weather was calm and the operation of the ship was guaranteed. We started birding until the departure time of the ship.
The number of birds decreased day by day, but there were still many Coal Tits. Japanese Wood-Pigeons and Great Spotted Woodpecker were very active and we saw them several times in the forest.
We saw a Short-eared Owl flying above the forest, too.
There was information that a Siberian Accentor was found on the shore, and we went to the site. Fortunately, we found the bird on the rock but it flew soon.

On the ship heading to Wajima, we saw some Streaked Shearwaters near the uninhabited island.
The birds observed are;
- in Hegura Island (* recorded by other birders)
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), *Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
*Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), *Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Siberian) (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), *Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola),
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (nominate) (Columba janthina janthina),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Lesser Cuckoo (Small) (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus)?
Short-eared Owl (Northern) (Asio flammeus flammeus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Rook (pastinator) (Corvus frugilegus pastinator), Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (pekinensis) (Alauda arvensis pekinensis/Alauda japonica pekinensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
*Dusky Warbler (Common) (Phylloscopus fuscatus fuscatus),
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus montis barisanus/Abrornis inornatus),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus/Seicercus examinandus),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-ey (Zosterops japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus), *Common Starling (Siberian) (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi),
*Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
*Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti deserti),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Siberian Accentor (Western) (Prunella montanella montanella),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (kawarahiba) (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus), Common Redpoll (flammea) (Acanthis flammea flammea),
*Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Red Crossbill (Japanese) (Loxia curvirostra japonica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (rosacea) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Pine Bunting (Western) (Emberiza leucocephalos leucocephalos), Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata), *Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla/Schoeniclus pusillus),
Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis/Schoeniclus variabilis variabilis),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus),
*Lapland Longspur (kamtschaticus)/Lapland Bunting (Calcarius lapponicus kamtschaticus)

- on the boat between Wajima Port and Hegura Is.
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, *コガモ, *ホシハジロ, *キンクロハジロ,
オオミズナギドリ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, クロサギ, ウミウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, ツミ, ハイタカ, ノスリ,
ムナグロ, ダイゼン, ヤマシギ, タシギ, ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, カラスバト, キジバト, アオバト,
ホトトギス? コミミズク, アカゲラ, ハシブトアカゲラ, モズ, ミヤマガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, オオヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ヤブサメ, ウグイス, *ムジセッカ, キマユムシクイ, オオムシクイ,
キクイタダキ, メジロ, ムクドリ, *ホシムクドリ, *クロツグミ, マミチャジナイ, シロハラ, ハチジョウツグミ, ツグミ,
*コマドリ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, サバクヒタキ, イソヒヨドリ, ヤマヒバリ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, ベニヒワ, *ベニマシコ, イスカ, アカウソ, シメ, イカル, シラガホオジロ, ホオジロ,
ホオアカ, *コホオアカ, カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ, オオジュリン, *ツメナガホオジロ
2019 October 16-17
Awashima Island, Niigata
粟島(新潟)

Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus)

Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Common Redpoll (flammea) (Acanthis flammea flammea)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis)

Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis)

Pine Bunting (Western) (Emberiza leucocephalos leucocephalos)

Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis)

; all photos by M.Ohashi
This is a report by M.Ohashi about birding at Awashima Island (Awa-Shima).
Awashima is an island located at the north of the Japan Sea. This island is one of the birder's hot spots in Japan with rich migrating birds traveling from south to north or vise versa along with the islands in the Japan Sea.
Some of them are the Siberian continental species which are very rare in Japan.
In the spring and fall, many birders visit this island.

I walked two rounds on the east coast of the island from Makidaira at the north-end to Amashima Cattle Farm at the south carrying a camera and a spotting scope. I was tired.

There were abundant number of Eurasian Siskin and Rustic Bunting everywhere in the island, and the next most were Yellow-throated Bunting and Daurian Redstart.
While looking at the Eurasian Siskin foraging seeds of a pinecone, I occasionally saw Common Redpoll and Goldcrest.
I met about 45 species totally.

The species met at each location were;
- at vegitable fields and village:
Pale Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Bunting, Eurasian Siskin, Stejneger's Stonechat, etc.
*Before dawn, there were only a Bull-headed Shrike and crows, but after the sunrise at 6 o'clock , small birds came to the distant persimmon trees one after another.
* On October 15, the other birders saw a Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo) on the pole at the school play ground and a Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata/Schoeniclus sulphuratus) at the vegetable field were confirmed by the other birders.
- on East Coast (Higashi Kiagan):
* This coast is arround 6km long between the famous birding spot, Makidaira at the north-end, and the south of Amashima Cattle Farm.
* From the village of Awashima Port to Makinodaira, we can take a guest house's car without stop, but there are Hatazaki Coast, where I met a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia) at the last visit, and two water places where small birds gathered on this course.
This time, I met Bramblings and Rudy-throat on Hatazaki coast. At the water places, I met tits, Bramblings, and a Japanese Bush Warbler. At the beach where a small stream flows in, a Grey-tailed Tattler stood alone. On the steep slope to Makinohara, Coal Tits were foraging being smeared with spider's web.
* From the port to the south, there are Noma Park, the campsite, Awashima Cattle Farm, the pine forest and row of cherry trees in series. There were two tents. There were persons, but some Goldcrests were moving around in the pine just above the tents, so I took pictures. The red feathers at the top of the male head are difficult to see unless the scene of the courtship or fighting during the breeding season. I saw two Common Redpolls in the pine forest of Noma Park. On the road, I walked being guided by a Rustic Bunting and Yellow-throated Bunting all the way. A juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew eating a prey.
- Makinodaira:
* The vegetable fields located at the most north end of island.
* On the 16th, we saw Hawfinches and Dusky Thrushes perching on a zelkova, a female Pine Bunting and a Common Reed Bunting on dead branches, a Eurasian Skylark landing on the grassland. However on 17th, a Northern Goshawk flew for hunting from the bush of the tree, and a Peregrine Falcon chased the escaped birds from the sky, and most of the birds disappeared. After noon it started to rain and I returned to the inn.

The birds reported are;
Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus), Common Redpoll (flammea) (Acanthis flammea flammea),
Hawfinch (japonicus) (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Pine Bunting (Western) (Emberiza leucocephalos leucocephalos), Rustic Bunting (latifascia) (Emberiza rustica/Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Yellow-headed) (Emberiza elegans elegantula/Schoeniclus elegans elegans),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)


ハヤブサ, オオタカ, キアシシギ, アカゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒガラ, ヒバリ, ウグイス, キクイタダキ, クロツグミ, マミチャジナイ, シロハラ, ツグミ,
ノゴマ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, アトリ, マヒワ, ベニヒワ, シメ,
シラガホオジロ, カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ, オオジュリン
2019 October 15
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
葛西臨海公園(東京)

Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)

; all photos by S.Niwa
This is a report by young birder S.Niwa about birding at Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo.

I visited the park together with R.Kinomura.
We saw many birds (37 species) as shown in the list below.

The birds reported are;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax),
Eurasian Curlew (Eastern) (Numenius arquata orientalis), Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis),
Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus/Seicercus examinandus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

オシドリ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, スズガモ, カイツブリ, ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ヒクイナ, ダイシャクシギ, ホウロクシギ, アオアシシギ, イソシギ, ミユビシギ, トウネン,
ウミネコ, カモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ,
オオムシクイ, メジロ, キビタキ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2019 October 14
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Tama River after Super Typhoon "Hagibis" passed

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area after Super Typhoon "Hagibis" (equivalent to category 5) hit and passed through the Tokyo area one day ago.
This typhoon caused a lot of rain in a short time exceeding the original design limit of river embankments in the vicinity of Tokyo, and the flooded water overflowed or destroyed the embankments, causing flooding and causing great damage to residents in the basin. One person was killed by the overflowing water in the Tama River.
When I visited, the water level was already dropping and it was not a dangerous situation.
However, the situation was quite different from when I visited two weeks ago. The grassland on the riverbed was washed away, and facilities such as a baseball field were severely damaged.
I was worry about the passerines that had been in the grassland. I only saw some flocks of Eurasian Tree Sparrows, a few Bull-headed Shrikes, wagtailes (White, Japanese), and some flocks of White-cheeked Starlings. I hope that they have survived.
There were many egrets (Grey Heron, Great White, Little), Great Cormorants, and Eastern Spot-billed Ducks as same as two weeks ago. However I could not find Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca) this time. They might have evacuated somewhere else.
This time, I saw a flock of Black-headed Gull which is the winter bird at this site.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Duck sp.
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus)?
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

カルガモ, ガモsp, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ,カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ,
オオバン, イソシギ, ユリカモメ, キジバト, ツツドリ? カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2019 October 13
Koshigaya Lake Town (Saitama)
越谷レイクタウン (埼玉)



Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro/Hydrobates castro)

; all photos by K.Inoue.
This is a report by K.Inoue about birding at Koshigaya Lake Town in Koshigaya City, Saitama Prefecture.

Super Typhonn "Hagibis" (equivalent to category 5) hit and passed through the Tokyo area from the midnight of 12 to 13 October.
This typhoon not only had caused the serious disasters but also brought an unexpected gift to birders.
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma castro/Hydrobates castro) were observed at this site and Yatsu Tidal Flat.

クロコシジロウミツバメ, 他
2019 October 11
Mouth of Hitotsuse River (Hitotsuse-Gawa) (Miyazaki)
一つ瀬川河口(宮崎)

Mouth of Hitotsuse River

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
Super typhoon "Hagibis" was forecasted to land near Tokyo the next day, so this trip had to be shortened one day.
In the morning, we visited Mouth of Hitotsuse River (Hitotsuse-Gawa) in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

We drove sadohara area and Tomita area along the river.
Near the poultry farm, many Barn Swallows were flying or resting on the electrical wires.
In the river, there were a big number of ducks. Many Eurasian Wigeons had already arrived. There were some Northern Pintails and Eurasian Teals, too.
There was a lot of Common Snipes hiding in one rice field with water. As we approached by car, they rushed and jumped out.
We expected some shorebirds under migration, but only a few birds (Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint) were observed.

The birds obserbed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), ,br> Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, コチドリ, タシギ, タカブシギ, トウネン,
キジバト, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, イソヒヨドリ,
スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ
2019 October 10
Aya Town (Miyazaki)
綾町(宮崎)

Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris)
In the afternoon, we visited Aya Townin Miyazaki Prefecture.

Aya Town is located at almost in the centre of Miyazaki Prefecture, about 20km west of Miyazaki City. There are two rivers; Ayaminami River and the Ayakita River, which sandwiches this town. Aya Town has the largest laurel forest in Japan that stretches as far as the Ayakawa Valley. It was registered as a UNESCO Eco-Park in 2012. The "Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge", which is 142m high and 250m long, is situated in the laurel forest zone.

We drove on the forest road along these two rivers.
At Ayaminami River, we heard a Crested Kingfisher and saw a Brown Dipper.

At Ayakita River, there were some Barn Swallows flying above the river.
In the upper stream, we saw two Crested Kingfishers.

The birds obserbed are;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (kiusiuensis) (Aegithalos caudatus kiusiuensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor)

アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, オオタカ, イソシギ, キジバト,
ヤマセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, キュウシュウエナガ, ヒヨドリ,
メジロ, カワガラス, スズメ, キセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2019 October 09
National Miike Wild Bird Forest (Miike Yacho-no-Mori) (Miyazaki)
御池野鳥の森(宮崎)

Lake Miike

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki kizuki/Dendrocopos kizuki kizuki)

Long-tailed Tit (kiusiuensis) (Aegithalos caudatus kiusiuensis)

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)
In the afternoon, we visited National Miike Wild Bird Forest (Miike Yacho-no-Mori) in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

This park is located in Kirishima mountain range on the border of Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture. The biggest eruption in the history of Mts. Kirishima occurred about 4,200 years ago. The intense eruption and explosion created a large crater, which was filled with water and became a lake, current Lake Miike. The area of about 115 ha including a part of Lake Miike, its surrounding forest and Lake Koike is "the National Miike Wild Bird Forest", which was designated as the Japan's first national wild bird forest in 1973. A large part of the trees in the Wild Bird Forest are forested ones, and a sizable forested land from around the end of Edo Era still remains. The forest is almost natural one with little artificial work carried out. So far, at least 18 fish species, at least 18 species of mammals and 147 species of wild birds have been observed there.

The time when we visited is not the best birding season, and we only walk in the camping site at the lake side and Kirishima-Higashi Shrine avoiding leech which was still active.
However, we saw the residents such as; tits (Coal, Varied, Long-tailed), Ryukyu Minivets, woodpeckers (Japanese Pygmy, Japanese Green), Long-tailed Tits, Wood Nuthatch, and Grey Wagtails.
Some of them (Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker Y.k.kizuki, Japanese Green Woodpecker P.a.horii, Long-tailed Tit A.c.kiusiuensis, and Wood Nuthatch S.e.roseilia are different subspecies from the ones in Tokyo area.
In the lake only Eastern Spot-billed Ducks were observed.
A Grey-streaked Flycatcher, migratory, was observed, too.

The birds obserbed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki kizuki/Dendrocopos kizuki kizuki),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (horii) (Picus awokera horii),
Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (kiusiuensis) (Aegithalos caudatus kiusiuensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Wood Nuthatch (roseilia) (Sitta europaea roseilia),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

カルガモ, トビ, キュウシュウコゲラ, カゴシマアオゲラ, リュウキュウサンショウクイ, モズ, ハシブトガラス,
ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, キュウシュウエナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, キュウシュウゴジュウカラ, エゾビタキ, キセキレイ
2019 October 09-10
Mt. Kanemi-dake (Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki)
金御岳(都城市,宮崎)

Watching Site at Mt. Kanemi-dake

Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus)
We visited Mt. Kanemi (Kanemi-Dake) in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Grey-faced Buzzards, that come to Japan as the summer bird in March, make large flocks of hundreds or thousands and migrate heading the souch towards South-east Asia, Taiwa, Okinawa Is, Yakushima Is., Amami-oshima Is., from the middle of September to the end of October. Mt. Kanemi-dake in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture is a famous observation spot for the hawks, and eager hawk watchers gather from all over Japan to see the magnificent migratory sights. In 1986, around 30,000 birds was observed, and around 20,000 have been since then.

On the first day, we used the first flight from Tokyo and arrived before noon in the site, but most of the hawks on the day have already migrated and only a flock of about 20 hawks was observed. Then we left the site with an hope of big flocks in the next morning.

In the next morning, we arrived at the site before 6 o'clock when was just beginning to brighten, because a huge flock of hundreds of hawks flew together around 06:20 the day before.
This early morning, unlike the previous day, hawks did not form big flocks but flew in scattered.
Around 10 o'clock, kettles were seen one after another, and the largest flock was over 100 hawks.
The hawks recorded on this day are:
- Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): 1,319
- Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus): 4
- Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis): 2
- Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus): 1
- Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo): 1

In addition, we heard the song of Japanese Bush-Warblers at the observation point, which is rarely heard at this time near Tokyo.
Grey-streaked Flycatchers and Eurasian Siskins under migration were also observed.

The birds obserbed are;
Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki kizuki/Dendrocopos kizuki kizuki),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (horii) (Picus awokera horii),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (hiugaensis) (Garrulus glandarius hiugaensis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (kiusiuensis) (Aegithalos caudatus kiusiuensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus/Carduelis spinus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

チゴハヤブサ, トビ, ツミ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオバト, キュウシュウコゲラ, カゴシマアオゲラ,
モズ, ヒュウガカケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, キュウシュウエナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, エゾビタキ, カワラヒワ, マヒワ, ホオジロ
2019 October 06
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus/Seicercus examinandus)?
We visited Mt. Gongen to watch migration of hawks again.
The day before, more than 100 Grey-faced Buzzards were observed, so I expected many hawks to migrate following to the previous groups, but the results were not good.
Probably due to the bad weather in the east area where the hawks start, the hawks might not feel to fly.

The birds obserbed are;
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi), House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Black) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus/Seicercus examinandus)?
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

トビ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, カワラバト, キジバト, アオバト, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ,
コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, サンコウチョウ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ,
コシアカツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, オオムシクイ? メジロ, クロツグミ, エゾビタキ
2019 October 03, 05, 06
Kyoto Imperial Garden (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都御苑(京都)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) & Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?

Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gyoen) in Kyoto Prefecture

I visited Kyoto Imperial Garden again.
I mostly stayed at the bird bath, but also partly surveyed other areas.

On October 03 and 05, there were not so many migrant birds, but we saw an adult male narcissus flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) on October 03.

Sakhalin Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus borealoides) were present on all days.

On October 05, there was apparently a small wave of migratory birds following a weak front and we saw a juvenile male Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana).
Narcissus Flycatcher were abundant but all were of female type.
An Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps) was active in morning and we saw and hear this species multiple times.
Kamchatka Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus examinandus) were not so abundant as I expected, but I could sporadically hear the call.
I could record the first Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) (single bird) in this season by voice.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)
,
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

トビ, カワウ, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, コシアカツバメ, イワツバメ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, エナガ, メジロ, オオルリ, キビタキ,
エゾムシクイ, メボソムシクイ または オオムシクイ, ハクセキレイ, ヤブサメ, イカル, アトリ
2019 October 03
Cemetery Tama (Fuchu, Tokyo)
多磨霊園 (府中, 東京)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor)
I visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) in Fuchu City, Tokyo.
Contrast to the last visit, half a month ago, the number of birders and birds increased.
I saw many photographers taking photos of Narcissus Flycatchers. There were two beautiful males.
Flocks of white-eye and tits gathered in trees with ripe nuts in the cemetry.
I hoped Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka jotaka) which was observed the last week to come again, but unfortunately it didn't come true.

The birds found are;
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, キビタキ
2019 October 01
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca)

Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.
Even it became October, it was very hot under sunshine.
When I visited about three weeks ago, I saw a lot of swallows, but this time, there was only one Red-rumped Swallow.
There were still many egrets (Little, Great White, Grey) around the weir.

Here and there, Bull-headed Shrikes were calling loudly.
Flocks of Brown-eared Bulbul were moving towards west.
A flock of Eurasian Teals arrived in this site.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

コガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ, ツミ, オオバン,
イカルチドリ, イソシギ, カワラバト, モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, コシアカツバメ,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 September 29
Rural region of Sakurai City (Nara Prefecture)
桜井市郊外(奈良)

flock of Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)



Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at a rural region of Sakurai City in Nara Prefecture

We visited a rural region of Sakurai city.
Although there were not many birds, we could see Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri) foraging at several locations. They flew down from poles or wires to find food on the ground or sometimes hawked at flying insects.
Several flocks of Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hypsipetes amaurotis) flew over, some of which were likely migratory ones.
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus) were actively calling in every corners.

List of species:
Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

キジ, ダイサギ, トビ, キジバト, ツバメ, ヒバリ, モズ, キビタキ, ノビタキ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス
2019 September 28
Kyoto Imperial Garden (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都御苑(京都)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gyoen) in Kyoto Prefecture

Today, I stayed mostly at the bird bath in Kyoto Imperial Garden.
This region was relatively intact after the typhoon (some trees were lost, though), and this place is still the best location in the Garden to search for migratory birds.

This time, I could see more birds than expected.
I didn't, however, hear any voice of Kamchatka Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus examinandus), which were abundant in the preceding year.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas) or Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)

トビ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, ハシブトガラス, コシアカツバメ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, エナガ,
メジロ, オオルリ, キビタキ, エゾムシクイ, メボソムシクイ または オオムシクイ, ハクセキレイ
2019 September 27
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)

Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus)
We visited Mt. Gongen to watch migration of hawks again.
It was sunny, but the wind was weak, slightly foggy and we couldn't see the distance clearly, and little hot.

We expected a big migration after passing of a Grey-faced Buzzard's flock at the previous day, but it was not satisfactory.
Most of the observed 23 Grey-faced Buzzards flew high at distance, and intermittently.

Other hawks observed were; Crested Honey Buzzard, Eastern Buzzard, Common Kestrel, and Japanese Sparrowhawk.

We saw some White-bellied Green-Pigeons on the way back to their home in Tanzawa Mountain from Terugasaki Beach at the coast of Sagami Bay in Oiso City after drinking sea water. One of them perched on the tree nearby us.
There were around ten Eurasian Jays.
At the water place, we saw Narcissus Flycatchers, Grey-streaked Flycatchers and Warbling White-eyes.
A Bull-headed Shrike was screaming at the tip of a tree.

The birds obserbed are;
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
White-throated Needletail (Northern) (Hirundapus caudacutus caudacutus)? Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi),
House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

チョウゲンボウ, ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオバト,
ハリオアマツバメ? アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, アオゲラ, モズ, カケス, ハシブトガラス,
ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, エゾビタキ, キビタキ
2019 September 26
Mt. Inoko (Higashi-omi city, Shiga Prefecture)
猪子山(滋賀)



Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)



kettle of Hawks

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Mt. Inoko (Inoko-Yama) in Higashi-omi City, Shiga Prefecture.

Following a report of a large number of migrating hawks at Shirakaba-toge Pass on the day before, I visited Mt. Inoko again.
It was a rather hot and humid day like summer.

The first raptor we saw was a Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) flying low around 7:15 a.m.
The bird unexpectedly perched on a tree and we enjoyed this rare instance. The bird perched on the tree for about 15 min and then started migrating again.
In the meantime, there were already other migratory hawks.

In the morning, there were several Grey-streaked Flycatchers (Muscicapa griseisticta) and we also enjoyed watching them.

The main stream of migratory hawks started at around 9 a.m. and continued for two hours.
There were kettles here and there. There occasional nearby passing birds and we spent very busy time with them. The hourly number of raptors hit the highest recorded in this place.

The flow calmed down in the afternoon, but we saw Pacific Swifts (Apus pacificus) circling high in the sky.

List of species:
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

サシバ, ハチクマ, ノスリ, オオタカ, ツミ, トビ, アオサギ, カワウ, キジバト, アマツバメ, アオゲラ, コゲラ,
ハヤブサ, コシアカツバメ, イワツバメ, ハクセキレイ, コサメビタキ, エゾビタキ, ウグイス, モズ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス
2019 September 25
Kyoto Imperial Garden (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都御苑(京都)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)



Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gyoen) in Kyoto Prefecture

I made a short visit to Kyoto Imperial Garden with some expectation to see migratory birds.
The Garden was severely affected by the typhoon in the last year, and most of paths favorable for birding were closed due to fallen trees. Only areas for ordinary visitors were cleaned.
The situation became even worse in this year -- the regions of fallen trees are either completely cleared (no suitable trees or bush for birds) or completely neglected and filled with overgrown grasses (no entry).

I was, however, excited by the appearance of two Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus) flying over in succession.
I have never seen this species so close in this Garden. They probably spent night in nearby mountain and started flying as soon as the condition became favorable. They used powered flight since thermals were not yet sufficient.

I waited for a half hour with expectation, but I saw no further migratory hawks.
There were not many passerine migrants. This was probably due to the fine weather and many birds had already had flown away.
I saw only one Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta). This species appears to be abundant in this season and I saw them various places.

As for ordinary birds in the Garden, Japanese Grosbeaks (Eophona personata) started to gather, but still on trees.
A Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) stayed still even though people (often with a dog) passed closely. This was probably due to the completely drained Konoe Pond (also caused by the typhoon).
A Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) flew, which is not usually here, probably in search of water.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata)

アオサギ, トビ, ハチクマ, コゲラ, キセキレイ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, メジロ,
エゾビタキ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, イカル
2019 September 25
Shirakaba Pass (Nagano)
白樺峠(松本,長野)

Valley at Shirakaba Pass

Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Golden Eagle (Japanese) (Aquila chrysaetos japonica)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), dark-morph

flow of Hawks
Shirakaba Pass (Shirakaba-Toge) is located at an altitude of 1,600m nearby Mt. Norikura-dake in Japan-Alps.
This pass is famous as the best point to observe hawk migration in autumn.
After strong Typhoon 17 passed on Sept. 23, the fine weather at the site and Niigata Prefecture where the hawks depart made us expect a big hawk migration. Especially this year, it was raining and there were no days that met migratory conditions in the middle of September; the peak of migratory Gray-faced Buzzards at this point in the ordinary years, so I assumed that there was a lot of Gray-faced Buzzards remaining at the breeding sites.

When we arrived at the site in the morning, it drizzled, and the valley where the hawks came up was not visible in the deep fog, and we were worried that our prediction was off.
However, the fog was suddenly cleared and then Crested Honey Buzzards started to fly one to another.
Fortunately, a Golden Eagle and a Mountain Hawk-Eagle also flew closely.
Near noon, Grey-faced Buzzard gradually increased in number and eventually passed over our heads like a river without break. We found two dark-morph of Grey-faced Buzzards, which are very rare.

The records reported by "Sinshu Raptors igration Research Group" are as follows;
- Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): 3,010
- Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis): 275
- Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus): 83
- Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis): 60
- Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus): 3
- Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus): 2
- Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae): 4
- Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis): 3
- Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo): 2

The birds we observed were;
Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo), Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Golden Eagle (Japanese) (Aquila chrysaetos japonica), Mountain Hawk-Eagle (orientalis) (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)?
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Spotted Nutcracker (Japanese) (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica),
Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus) Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
thrush sp

チゴハヤブサ, ミサゴ, ハチクマ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, ニホンイヌワシ, クマタカ,
アオバト? コゲラ, アカゲラ, カケス, ホシガラス, コガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ゴジュウカラ, ツグミsp
2019 September 20
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)
We visited Mt. Gongen to watch migration of hawks.
The condition became better for hawk migration after rainy days with high clouds and partially blue sky in the morning.

When arrived, many flycathers (Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher) welcame us. They were eating black ripe fruites of cornels that became ripe and ready to eat.

The number of the migrating hawks were not many, but we enjoyed watching hawks and flycatchers.

The Varid Tits were still very busy carrying nuts for winter storage to somewhere.

Two Japanese Green Woodpeckers were screaming vigorously as if they were trying to control each other.

Some Warbling White-eyes and Narcissus Flycatchers were bathing in the water place.

Some Brown-eared Bulbuls, which were hiding somewhere during the hot summer, appeared and moved towards the west.

The birds obserbed are;
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi), House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

チョウゲンボウ, ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオバト,
アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, アオゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ,
ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, イソヒヨドリ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ
2019 September 19-20
Mt. Inoko (Higashi-omi city, Shiga Prefecture)
猪子山(滋賀)

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) & Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Mt. Inoko (Inoko-Yama) in Higashi-omi City, Shiga Prefecture.

I visited again to see migratory raptors.
Although the weather looked favorable (the wind was rather too strong), there were only few migratory raptors on Sep. 19.
On this day, many Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus) were recorded at Shirakaba-toge Pass in Nagano Prefectur and we expected them to pass on the following day. Although the number of migratory was almost the lowest on this day, we could still see a few Crested Honey Buzzards passing sufficiently closely.

There were indeed relatively abundant Crested Honey Buzzards on Sep. 20. Some of them passed pretty close under favorable sky condition. They almost continuously passed after 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and we spent busy time.
Although the number of Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) was low on the day before at Shirakaba-toge Pass, the majority of raptors was this species. They passed, however, very distantly and they were difficult to see through small binoculars. Kettles were distant and it was difficult to take their pictures.

In addition to these two species, we could enjoy a Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Eastern Buzzards (Buteo japonicus) including one which has been here for several days, a local Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying over us.

Mutiple Grey-streaked Flycatchers (Muscicapa griseisticta) were present and they sometimes appear on trees or on twigs.

List of species, including species observed on route to Mt. Inoko (* seen by other observers):
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

サシバ, ハチクマ, ノスリ, ミサゴ, オオタカ, ツミ, トビ, アオサギ, キジバト, アオゲラ, コゲラ, ハヤブサ, チョウゲンボウ,
ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, イワツバメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, コサメビタキ, エゾビタキ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス
2019 September 19
Isa Marsh (Saitama)
伊佐沼 (埼玉)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus)

Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Common Greenshanks (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides) & Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus) & Common Greenshanks (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

; all photos by K.Inoue.
This is a report by K.Inoue about birding at Isa Marsh (Isa-numa) in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture.

In summer, the surface of the marsh is covered with lotus. And, in autumn, after harvesting rice in the paddy field around the marsh, water that is no longer needed for irrigation in the marsh is drained. The tidal flats appear in the marsh and become a good place for migratory shorebirds to stop by and rest.

This year, the drainage time was late, so the tidal flats did not appear and we could not observe shorebirds.
However, on the day I visited, the water level was very low, and observed two Common Greenshanks, one Spotted Redshank, four Black-winged Stilt, five Long-billed Plovers, many Little Ringed Plovers, many Eurasian Teals and many herons.

The birds reported are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Long-billed Plover (japonicus) (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), etc.

カルガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ,
セイタカシギ, イカルチドリ, コチドリ, ツルシギ, アオアシシギ, イソシギ,
ツバメ, ハクセキレイ, 他
2019 September 15
Inashiki (Ibaraki)
稲敷(茨城)

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus)

Black-tailed Godwit (Siberian) (Limosa limosa melanuroides)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
We visited Inashiki Area in Ibaraki Prefecture.
In this area, there were a lot of fallow fields in the past, and since August, there had been many shorebirds stopped by in the autumn migratory season, but by the change in the country's agricultural policy, there has been almost no fallow field now. But sometimes rare species had been found, so we are still curious about this site.

We drove in the vast field searching for birds resting or foraging in the lotus fields after harvesting lotus roots.
At a lotus field near Ukishima, there were a few Spotted Redshanks and Wood Sandpipers.
At a fallow field in Nishinosu Retarding Basin, we found some birders observing something. There were four Ruffs, a Black-winged Stilt, and a Red-necked Phalarope.
A Bull-headed Shrike was calling shrilly declaring his territory.

We visited another site where one birder who was there taught me.
There were a few Black-tailed Godwits, Marsh Sandpipers, and a Common Redshank.

The birds found are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Snipe sp.,
Black-tailed Godwit (Siberian) (Limosa limosa melanuroides), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus),
Common Redshank (Central Asian) (Tringa totanus ussuriensis), Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Ruff (Calidris pugnax),
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor)

カルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, セイタカシギ, コチドリ,
オオジシギ, オグロシギ, ツルシギ, アカアシシギ, コアオアシシギ, タカブシギ, イソシギ, エリマキシギ, アカエリヒレアシシギ,
ユリカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ムクドリ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2019 September 15
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba)
三番瀬(千葉)

Shorebirds and Gulls resting on stakes

Whimbrel (Siberian) (Numenius phaeopus variegatus)

Bar-tailed Godwit (menzbieri) (Limosa lapponica menzbieri)

Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) & Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) is the major tidal flat located at the deepest part of the Tokyo Bay.
This site is very important stopover point for the migrating birds flying to/from the North (Siberia) from/to the South (Australia and Southeast Asia).
Now is the later half of the season of the migration birds to the South/West.

The day of the visit was a flood tide, and when it arrived, it was in the high tide and no tidal flats had appeared.
Shorebirds and gulls were resting on the stakes on the coast, and the breakwater.

After a while, large birds, such as Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits, gathered in the shallows.
When the tide level fell more and tidal flats appeared, gulls and smaller shorebirds gathered one after another.
Thre was one Slaty-backed Gull among a flock of Black-tailed Gulls,

The birds observed were;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri), Bar-tailed Godwit (menzbieri) (Limosa lapponica menzbieri),
Whimbrel (Siberian) (Numenius phaeopus variegatus), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida), Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, ダイゼン, メダイチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, コシジロオオソリハシシギ,
チュウシャクシギ, キアシシギ, ソリハシシギ, キョウジョシギ, オバシギ, ミユビシギ, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, オオセグロカモメ, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 September 14-16
Mt. Inoko (Higashi-omi city, Shiga Prefecture)
猪子山(滋賀)



Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) & Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)



Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Mt. Inoko (Inoko-Yama) in Higashi-omi City, Shiga Prefecture.

I visited here to see migratory raptors on three days in a row.
This epoch was approximately one week before the expected peak of the migration.

On Sep. 14, the weather was very fine and the sky was transparent. It soon became hot as the Sun rose.
As expected from the weather, hawks migrate distantly and high. They were a tough target for binocular observers. There were, however, a few individuals which flew relatively close and we enjoyed them.

Sep. 15 was the hottest day of the three. The weather was also fine and raptors generally flew distantly and high.
Following a report of Shirakaba Pass in Nagano Prefecture, we expected that a major group should pass in the afternoon, but they apparently didn't arrive.
There was, however, a surprise of an Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana), which caught thermals just like a hawk and flew away just like a migratory hawk.

On Sep. 16, it was windy from the beginning.
Probably thanks to this wind, we could enjoy local raptors flying close.
We could enjoy the flight of a pale juvenile Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus), which probably stayed overnight around here.
We could also see a relatively close Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) in the morning.
The weather became rather misty and distant raptors were difficult to recognize.
Although we expected that the missing group on the previous day would pass on this day, there was no sign of a large group.
In the meantime, we could enjoy an Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica).
The number of raptors was rather disappointing, but we could enjoy raptors (mostly Crested Honey Buzzards) flying relatively nearby on this day.

List of species, including species observed on route to Mt. Inoko (* seen by other observers):
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), * Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus), House Swift (Apus nipalensis kuntzi), * White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus),
* Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

サシバ, ハチクマ, ノスリ, ミサゴ, オオタカ, ハイタカ, *ツミ, トビ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コウノトリ,
アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, *ハリオアマツバメ, *キジバト, コゲラ, ハヤブサ, チョウゲンボウ,
ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, イワツバメ, キセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, コサメビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
オオムシクイ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス
2019 September 13
Cemetery Tama, Fuchu, Tokyo
多磨霊園 (府中, 東京)

Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Black) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata)
Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) is located at the west of Tokyo. There are many kinds of trees in the cemetary and a hill covered with forests of deciduous trees.
Migrating birds visit in this season every year.

My visit seemed to be too early for migrating birds in this site. There were neither of birds nor birders,
At the park of the cemetry, there was a flock of tits and Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers. And I found a Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher among them. It was sometimes calling and moving togerther with tits.
No other flycatchers, warblers was observed.

The birds found are;
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Black) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus)

キジバト, コゲラ, サンコウチョウ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, エナガ, メジロ
2019 September 12
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica)

Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)

Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)

Forest of Japanese elm

Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.
The air in sultry heat until the previous day turned into the air dried with a cool east wind. When the sun shined through clouds, it got still hot, but the birding became easier.

In the sky, many Red-rumped Swallows flew with Barn Swallows. This species can be seen this time every year.

It was reported that many Tree Sparrows and White-cheeked Starlings died due to the strong typhoon that directly hit Tokyo area a few days ago, but there were many Tree Sparrows survived forming flocks in this river grass fields.

Many egrets (Little, Great White, Grey) were gathering at the weir.

One Common Kestrel was flying around the sky and hovering sometime aiming for prey.

In the forest of Japanese elm, there were trees broken by thr strong typhoon. There was a flock of tits (Japanese, Long-tailed) and Brown-eared Bulbuls that survived the disaster.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
( Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ,
カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ,
エナガ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 September 10
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis) & Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)
We visited Mt. Gongen to watch migrating hawks.
It was still earlier for the peak of the migration of hawks, but the day we visited was a sunny day two days after a strong typhoon hit directly to Tokyo area, we visited the site with a little expectation.
The number of migrating hawks (Common Kestrel, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Grey-faced Buzzard, Japanese Buzzard) was small as foreseen, and they appeared intermittently. They flew very high, and we could not see any kettle of hawks.
But an air battle between two Japanese Sparrowhawks and one Common Kestrel continued for a very long time, and we enjoyed watching it very much.

We saw some flocks of swifts (Pacific, House) and a few swallows (Barn, Asian House Martin, Red-rumped), too.
I tried to search for any flycatcher among the flock of tits, however no migrating flycatcher could not be observed. Only one Oriental/Horsfield's Cuchoo was observed.

The birds obserbed are;
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Peregrine Falcon (Eastern) (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus),
Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi), House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus), ,br> Red-rumped Swallow/Lesser Striated Swallow (japonica) (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオバト,
ツツドリ, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, オナガ, ハシブトガラス,
ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, コシアカツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, イソヒヨドリ, イカル
2019 September 06
Omoigawa (Tochigi)
思川(栃木)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis)



Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) & Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

; all photos by K.Inoue
I visited Omoigawa Town in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture again to meet the Buff-breasted Sandpiper discovered a few days ago. This bird is quite rare in Japan and I have been qeen to see it for a long time.

Fortunately, as soon as I arrived the site I could see the bird among a flock of Pacific Golden-Plover.
At another fallow, where I saw many Little Ring Plovers, a few Common Snipes, a male and three females of Ruffs, and Wood Sandpipers on the last visit, there were still many Little Ring Plovers and a few Common Snipes.
At another fallow with deep water, I saw a flock of Eurasian Teal, too.

The birds observed are:
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

コガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ, トビ, ムナグロ, コチドリ, コモンシギ,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 September 03
Osaka Castle Park (Osaka Prefecture)
大阪城公園(大阪)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus)
I visited Osaka Catsle Park (Osaka-jo-Koen) in Osaka Prefecture.

Osaka Castle Park is one of the most renowned birding locations around here during migration seasons.

When I visited the site, I saw summer birds that stopped over, such as Narcissus Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Eastern Crowned Warblers. Neither of Siberian Blue Robin (bochaiensis) (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis) nor Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), that were seen a few days ago, seemed have gone away and was not found.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor)

カルガモ, カワラバト, キジバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, センダイムシクイ, メジロ, ムクドリ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ,
キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2019 September 02
Mount Inari (Kyoto)
稲荷山(京都)

Sacred Forest of Mt. Inari

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius)
Mt. Inari belongs to Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha), which is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto.
This mountain is the sacred area covered with primeval forest protected since the ancient time and beautiful bamboo forest.
The main approach of the shrine are crowded with tourists, but we can find many birds just aside from the approach paths.
I found a Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher among a mixed flock of tits beside "Senbon Torii".
In the late evening, we heard calls of two Northern Boobooks in the forest.

The birds observed were;
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Green Woodpecker/Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (Black) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

カワラバト, キジバト, アオバズク, コゲラ, アオゲラ, サンコウチョウ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, スズメ, イカル
2019 September 01
Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary (Osaka City)
大阪南港野鳥園港(大阪)

Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta)

Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Common Redshank (Central Asian) (Tringa totanus ussuriensis) & Common Greenshanks (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Great Knots (Calidris tenuirostris) & Red Knot (rogersi) (Calidris canutus rogersi)

Red-necked Stints (Calidris ruficollis) & a Broad-billed Sandpiper (Eastern) (Calidris falcinellus/Limicola falcinellus sibirica)

Black-tailed Godwit (Siberian) (Limosa limosa melanuroides) & Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri)
I visited Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary (Osaka Nan-Kou Yacho-En) in Osaka City.

When I arrived, the observation center was already full of many birders to aim for Nordmann's Greenshank (Tringa guttifer) that was observed the day before.
Eastern Great Egrets, Gray Herons and two Ospreys were taking rest in the brackish pond in front of the observation center.
Though the Nordmann's Greenshank did not appear, many shorebirds came one after another as the tides drove and the tidal flats began to appear.
There were many Red-necked Stints and Terek Sandpipers. There was one uncommon Broad-billed Sandpiper among them.
One Common Redshank and several Common Greenshanks, one Red Knot and several Great Knots, one Greater Sand Plover and several Lesser Sand-Plovers, a few Black-tailed Godwits and several Bar-tailed Godwits were foraging busily together.

The birds observed were;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Hybrid, Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii leschenaultii), Black-tailed Godwit (Siberian) (Limosa limosa melanuroides),
Bar-tailed Godwit (Eastern) (Limosa lapponica baueri), Whimbrel (Siberian) (Numenius phaeopus variegatus),
Common Redshank (Central Asian) (Tringa totanus ussuriensis), Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Red Knot (rogersi) (Calidris canutus rogersi), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Dunlin (Siberian) (Calidris alpina sakhalina), Broad-billed Sandpiper (Eastern) (Calidris falcinellus/Limicola falcinellus sibirica),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, マルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ,
ダイゼン, コチドリ, メダイチドリ, オオメダイチドリ, オグロシギ, オオソリハシシギ, チュウシャクシギ, アカアシシギ,
アオアシシギ, キアシシギ, ソリハシシギ, イソシギ, オバシギ, コオバシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ, キリアイ,
カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 August 28
Tatara Marsh (Gunma)
多々良沼(群馬)

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia)

Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)
We visited Tatara Marsh to see commural roosting of Barn Swallow.
Before sunset, many Eurasian Tree Sparrows and then many flocks of egrets came back to the reed field.
In the twilight, tens of thousands of Barn Swallow came back to the reed fields. The swallows flew round like a small tornado cloud in the sky before entering the roosting reed field.

The birds observed at Tatara Marsh were;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Hybrid,
Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha] (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor)

カルガモ, マルガモ, カイツブリ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ, キジバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ツバメ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2019 August 28
Omoigawa (Tochigi)
思川(栃木)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago)

Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)
This was our second visit to Omoigawa Town in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture.
We found three Eurasian Teals and a Black-winged Stilt at a fallow.
The point we saw many Little Ringed Plovers last time, there was one Ruff.
The Sand Martin decreased its number than the last visit.
A birder who was observing gave the information about another good point nearby, and we headed for there soon. At the point, in addition to many Little Ring Plovers, there were a few Common Snipes, a male and three females of Ruffs, and Wood Sandpipers.

The birds observed are:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Ruff (Calidris pugnax),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Sand Martin (Kamchatka) (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

カルガモ, コガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, ノスリ, セイタカシギ, コチドリ, タシギ,
タカブシギ, イソシギ, トウネン, エリマキシギ, カワラバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ショウドウツバメ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2019 August 26-31
Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands (Chichi-jima, Haha-jima, Tokyo)
小笠原諸島(父島,母島)(東京)

Red-footed Booby (Indopacific) (Sula sula rubripes)

Brown Booby (Forster's) (Sula leucogaster plotus), family

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica pacifica)

Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii)

Brown Noddy (pileatus) (Anous stolidus pileatus)

Long-tailed Jaeger (Eastern) (Stercorarius longicaudus pallescens)

Japanese Wood-Pigeon (nitens) (Columba janthina nitens)

White's Thrush (toratugumi) (Zoothera aurea toratugumi)

Eastern Buzzard (toyoshimai) (Buteo japonicus toyoshimai)

Japanese Bush-Warbler (Horornis diphone diphone)

Bonin White-eye/Bonin Honeyeater (hahasima) (Apalopteron familiare hahasima)

: All photos by T.Kawase
The Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, 1,000 km south away from Tokyo metropolitan.
The Ogasawara Islands have never been connected to a continent, many of their animals and plants have undergone unique evolutionary processes.
This has led to the islands' nickname of the "The Galapagos of the Orient", and their nomination as a natural World Heritage Site on June 24, 2011.
Also, these islands involved in the Oceania terrestrial ecoregions, as the Ogasawara subtropical moist forests.
In these unique conditions, the birding there is quite interesting.
On the way to Chichijima (the main island) by the ship from Tokyo Bay, around 24 hours, the shorebirds both of the Palearctic and the Oceania ecozones can be observed on the ship.
You can recognize the drastic change of birds between the first day and the second day.
In the islands, there are endemic species (subspecies) including two restricted-range species of birds; the Japanese Woodpigeon (Columba janthina) and the Vulnerable Bonin White-eye (Apalopteron familiare), formerly known as "Bonin Honeyeater". The Japanese Woodpigeon was extirpated in the Iwo Island groups in the 1980s.

This is a report by T. Kawase about birding in Chichi-jima and Haha-jimaof Ogasawara Islands.

There were not many kinds of birds, but we watched them very closely.
Many marine life such as dolphins and whales are also seen on the ship to/from Ogasawara.
It was an exciting birding trip.

The birds reported are;
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica pacifica),
Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Red-footed Booby (Indopacific) (Sula sula rubripes), Brown Booby (Forster's) (Sula leucogaster plotus),
Eastern Buzzard (toyoshimai) (Buteo japonicus toyoshimai),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus), Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Brown Noddy (pileatus) (Anous stolidus pileatus),
Long-tailed Jaeger (Eastern) (Stercorarius longicaudus pallescens),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (nitens) (Columba janthina nitens),
Brown-eared Bulbul (squamiceps) (Hypsipetes amaurotis squamiceps),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (Horornis diphone diphone),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (hybrid) (Zosterops japonicus alani x stejnegeri),
Bonin White-eye/Bonin Honeyeater (hahasima) (Apalopteron familiare hahasima),
White's Thrush (toratugumi) (Zoothera aurea toratugumi),
Blue Rock Thrush/Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

オオミズナギドリ, オナガミズナギドリ, アナドリ, アオサギ, アカアシカツオドリ, カツオドリ,
オガサワラノスリ, セイタカシギ, ムナグロ, タカブシギ, キョウジョシギ, クロアジサシ,
シロハラトウゾクカモメ, アカガシラカラスバト, オガサワラヒヨドリ, ハシナガウグイス,
イオウジマメジロxシチトウメジロ(交雑)), ハハジマメグロ, トラツグミ, イソヒヨドリ
2019 August 23
Forest road on the north face of Mt. Fuji (Yamanashi)
富士山北面の林道(山梨)

Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas)
; photo by H.Usui
We visited North face of Mt. Fuji after O-toge Pass.

It started rain heavily again when we drove up the forest road of Mt. Fuji. We parked the car in a space on a forest road, where privatey cars were not allowed to go ahead further, and walked up for birding from there.
The temperature was very cool at 18 ℃.
After a while, the rain stopped and Japanese Leaf Warblers started singing nearby.
Many hikers wearing colorful rain gears were seen on the slope of Mt. Fuji in the distance.

The birds observed are;
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

ヒガラ, コガラ, メボソムシクイ, ウソ
2019 August 23
O-toge Pass (Yamanashi)
大峠(山梨)

View from O-toge Pass; Mt. Fuji

Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus)
; photo by H.Usui

Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus)
We visited O-toge Pass in Yamanashi Prefecture.

O-toge Pass is located near Mt. Gangaharasuriyama, and its altitude is 1,560 meter. The forest path through this pass is well maintained and is surrounded by deciduous broad-leaved forest, so we can enjoy a birding at the highland easily.

When we arrived, it was raining due to a still-fall autumn front, but after a while it stopped fortunately.
As soon as we started to walk on the forest road, we saw a mixed flock of tits actively moving in the trees aside the road. This s mixed flock was composed of a flock of Willow Tits and several Varied Tits, Wood Nuthatchs, Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers, and Long-tailed Tits.
We heard some calls of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Eurasian Jays from the forest nearby.
One Eastern Buzzard was stopping at the tip of a tree on the ridge. Thus buzzard was just molting and its feathers were shabby.
We saw some other Eastern Buzzards flying in the sky, too.
We looked for flycatchers, but we couldn't find out as they were hidden quietly without any singing.
Pacific Swifts and Asian House Martins were flying swifty over the sea of clouds.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

ノスリ, アマツバメ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, カケス, ヤマガラ, コガラ,
イワツバメ, エナガ, ミソサザイ, ゴジュウカラ, キセキレイ, ホオジロ
2019 August 22
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi)

Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta garzetta) & Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia)

Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.
The hot and sunny days continued until the previous week, but it changed to occasionally drizzling with cool north wind. I expected some early migrating birds.
A Meadow Bunting welcame me with a pretty song.
There were many Tree Sparrows gathering and making flocks in the grass field on the river bed.
Some Grey Herons were resting on the small trees or river side.
Many Little Egrets gathered and made flocks. Great Cormorant and White-cheeked Starling formed flocks, too.
I heard an Oriental Reed Warbler singing in the bush.
Two Zitting Cisticolas actively soared while singing in the sky as if they were fighting each other.
However, I did not see any migratory this time.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus), ,br> White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
トビ, イソシギ, カワラバト, キジバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ツバメ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, オオヨシキリ, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ
2019 August 20
Isa Marsh & Paddy fields in Kawagoe (Saitama)
伊佐沼&川越のたんぼ(埼玉)

Paddy fields in Kawagoe

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
We visited paddy field in Kawagoe and Isa Marsh (Isa-numa).
Although it was somewhat cooler than the midsummer, it was still uncomfortable with high humidity.

We stopped over at Isa Marsh.
The water level of the pond was too high and we could not see any shorebirds there.

At the paddy field, two Ruffs (Calidris pugnax) were observed until two days ago, but we couldn't find. They might have already gone away.
We saw two Green Sandpipers and a flock of over twenty Pacific Golden-Plovers.

The birds observed are;
at Isanuma Marsh;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)

at the paddy field in Kawagoe area;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ, ムナグロ, クサシギ,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ムクドリ
2019 August 17
Isshiki Coast (Nishio, Aichi Prefecture)
一色海岸(愛知)

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) & Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)



Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) & Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Isshiki Coast in Aichi Prefecture.

Following a report of a Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla), I visited Isshiki Coast.
This species has only been rarely recorded in Japan. According to a story in an old birding magazine, this species was recorded in some port or something some decades ago, but it appeared very irregularly.
Some birders didn't see the gull despite repeated visits, and called the bird "naki-kamome" (kamome = gull in Japanese; the Japanese name "warai-kamome" is a literal translation of the laughing gull; "naki-" means "to cry" (to tears, for example). Some birders saw the bird on the second visit and the bird was called "naki-warai-kamome", but some unfortunate birders repeated "naki-naki-...".

Knowing this anecdote, I was rather unsure to see the bird in time. The location is distant for me and it was almost impossible to make a second visit.

Upon arrival, the water level was still high and there was no tidal flats.
On tetrapods, grey-tailed tattlers (Tringa brevipes) and grey plovers (Pluvialis squatarola) were resting.
A flock of Kentish plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) were moving from shore to shore for foraging.
It was a sunny, hot -- but not as much as I feared -- day.

After waiting for an hour, the water level started decreasing and some tidal flats started to appear.
There was some movement among birders, and it looked like that the bird was seen in a port next to the shore. I learned this after these birders came back again and they said that the gull flew to the direction toward where we were waiting.

While scanning the shore with the binoculars, I found a small gull, which appeared much smaller than nearby a Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris). After magnification with the camera, it turned out to be the gull we had been seeking. Many birders noticed the same gull and we all moved toward the bird.

The bird was initially still, but soon started foraging by walking. The black bill and foraging on tidal flats somewhat reminded me of a Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi), but this gull always foraged by walking. The bill was thicker than in the Saunders's Gull and had a distinct red spot at the end.

After some tens of minutes, the bird flew to a different tidal flat some hundreds meters distant from the initial flat. I succeeded in obtaining a video of the flying gull since the start of the flight. We again moved to see the bird better.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola),
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カイツブリ, キアシシギ, チュウシャクシギ, ダイゼン, シロチドリ,
ウミネコ, ワライカモメ, トビ, キジバト, ハクセキレイ, ツバメ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, モズ, スズメ, ホオジロ
2019 August 17
Isshiki Coast (Nishio, Aichi)
一色海岸(愛知)

Laughing Gull (North American) (Leucophaeus atricilla megalopterus) & Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

Laughing Gull (North American) (Leucophaeus atricilla megalopterus)

; all photos by K.Inoue
This is a report by K.Inoue about birding at Nishio City in Aichi Prefecture.

I went to see a Laughing Gull (North American) (Leucophaeus atricilla megalopterus) which is the strayer in Japan.
Though it was not easy to observe it because the distance to the gull was very long and it was against the sun light, somehow I confirmed its characteristics.
It seemed like a immature. I would like to see a Laughing Gull with black head next time.

ワライカモメ, ウミネコ, 他
2019 August 15
Kazo (Saitama) & Omoigawa (Tochigi)
加須(埼玉)&思川(栃木)

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto decaocto)

Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Intermediate Egrets (Ardea intermedia intermedia) & Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi)

Sand Martins (Kamchatka) (Riparia riparia ijimae)

Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
Large Typhoon Krosa made landfall in the western area of the main island of Honshu on the day. In the Tokyo area, it was unstable weather with intermittent heavy rain and blue sky.

At first, we stopped over at Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture and observed Eurasian Collared-Doves which locally inhabit only in this area in Japan.
The site I visited after a long time was building a new road right next to, and I became worried whether the Eurasian Collared-Dove was still inhabited. But soon, we heard the call of the dove and found a small flock around a cow shed.

The next site was Omoigawa Town in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture.
There are paddy fields which are flooded with water as artificial fresh-water tidal flats to gather waterfowl.
In the southern area, there was no bird because a Northern Goshawk was near the paddy field where waterfowl would gather.
We drove to the north in the area and saw some flocks of egrets, flying Zitting Cisticolas, Japanese Skylarks, and White-cheeked Starlings.
In the northern area, there was a big flock of Sand Martin. The swallows were getting down the road and doing the gesture of pressing their bodies against the asphalt.
In a fallow field with water, there were a lot of Little Ringed Plovers and some Wood Sandpipers.
We found three Common Greenshanks in another fallow field, too.
We search for flock of Pacific Golden-Plover, but found only one Pacific Golden-Plover staying in a dried field.

The birds observed are:
at Kazo City:
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto decaocto),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

in Omoigawa area;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Northern Goshawk (fujiyamae) (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Sand Martin (Kamchatka) (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor)

カルガモ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, オオタカ, ムナグロ, コチドリ, アオアシシギ, タカブシギ,
キジバト, シラコバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ショウドウツバメ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2019 August 14
Ichinomiya Coast (Chiba)
一宮海岸(千葉)

White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)

Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni)

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres) & Sanderlings (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida)

; all photos by T.Miyamoto
This is a report by T.Miyamoto about birding at Ichinomiya Coast located at the south end of Kujukuri Beach (Kujukuri Kaigan) in Chiba.

The rainy season was over at the end of July, and hot days have continued since then.
Thus, I was not birding for a while, but I heard that a White-rumped Sandpiper was recorded.

This bird has appeared at the mouth of Tama River in August 2006. However, when I went, the bird had just gone and I failed to meet it. It is the bird with such a memory.

Since the typhoon was approaching, I thought that 14th might be the last chance to see.
When I arrived at the site, some number of birders were gathering.
Fortunately, the bird was still there. However, the bird was in the widely spread tidal flat at the far distance on the time of low tide. Furthermore, at first the bird was in a flock of Sanderling, so I was able to quickly identify it by size, but it became not easy to find it among the other shorebirds. Once I took my eyes off, it took time to find it again.

Near the noon, the sky turned into black and big drops of rain started to fall. The rain stopped once, but it started again. I decided to return home since I was able to take some photos.

In this season, rarities, such as Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica nilotica), Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri), and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), had been recorded at Kujukuri Beach.

The birds reported are;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Sanderling (rubida) (Calidris alba rubida), White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ダイゼン, メダイチドリ,
キアシシギ, ソリハシシギ, キョウジョシギ, ミユビシギ, コシジロウズラシギ,
ウミネコ, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 August 12
Sanbanze Tidal Flat & Yatsu Tidal Flat (Chiba)
三番瀬&谷津干潟(千葉)

Little Tern (sinensis) (Sternula albifrons sinensis)

Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta)

; all photos by S.Niwa.
This is a report by young birder S.Niwa about birding at Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) and Yatsu Tidal Flat (Yatsu Higata) in Chiba Prefecture.

I thought it would be hot ... and went out. But, at Sanbanze, wind was comfortable and I did not feel so hot. I thought there might be some different feeling of heat compared to the city area.

At Yatsu Tidal Flat, I went to the opposite side of the center for the first time.
I used train to visit these two sites this time. It was rather easier than expected. However, it was a pity that I could not afford to visit Kasai Rinkai Park.

The birds observed are:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Lesser Sand-Plover (stegmanni) (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Kamchatka)/Common Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis/Larus kamtschatschensis),
Little Tern (sinensis) (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, コガモ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ,
ダイゼン, メダイチドリ, キアシシギ, イソシギ, キョウジョシギ,
ウミネコ, カモメ, コアジサシ, キジバト, コゲラ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 August 02 & 11
Hiratsuka & Terugasaki Beach, Oiso (Kanagawa)
平塚&照ヶ崎海岸(神奈川)

Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica)





White-bellied Green-Pigeons (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)

; all photos by S.Waki.
This is a report by S.Waki about birding at a Shinto shrine in Hiratsuka City on August 02 and Terugasaki Beach located at the coast of Sagami Bay in Oiso City on August 11.

In every summer, a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica) couple visits this shrine.
There is an old tree (Machilus thunbergii) aged approx. 300 years in the precinct of the shrine,
The chicks slept during observation all the time, but they sometimes opened eyes and showed impish gestures.

At Terugasaki Beach, a lot of White-bellied Green Pigeons (Treron sieboldii sieboldii) gather in summer (May to October). They inhabit in the Tanzawa Mountains, north of this beach.
They come to this beach to drink sea water.

アオバズク, アオバト, 他
2019 July 31 - August 02
Island Miyako (Okinawa)
宮古島(沖縄)

Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica)

Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (illex) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata illex)

Ruddy Kingfisher (bangsi) (Halcyon coromanda bangsi)

Northern Boobook (Ryu Kyu) (Ninox japonica totogo)



Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana sumatrana)



Roseate Tern (Indo-pacific) (Sterna dougallii bangsi)

Barred Buttonquail (okinavensis) (Turnix suscitator okinavensis)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder, R.Kinomura about birding at Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima).

After moving from Ishigaki Island, we visited Sarahama Port in Irabu Island.
We saw Black-naped Terns closely. Roseate Terns and Great Crested-Terns were at the far distance.
Then we moved to Sawada Beach and searched for Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) but we could not see it.

On the second day, we looked for Barred Buttonquail in the sugarcane fields. Buttonquails were easier to see than expected.
There was only one Oriental Pratincole that probably might have migrated.
After that, we saw Roseate Terns at Higashi-henna Cape. There were Brown Noddies and Bridled Terns on the Panari Reef, but they were very far.

On the third day, we spent time at Ono Forest.
In the morning, we found and observed a calling Common Emerald Dove well.
After that, I went to the pond, but it was not good because it rained at the night.
We saw an Owston's Flycatcher, a Ruddy Kingfisher, and a Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher near the pond.
When we walked around, a Japanese Wood-Pigeon flew but I could not take the photo.
We walked further to search for the Japanese Wood-Pigeon, a Ruddy Kingfisher flew crossing the front of us and perched on a branch beside us.
There was a family of Ryu Kyu Northern Boobook, too.

The birds reported are;
Indean Peafowl (Pavo cristatus),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis),
Purple Heron (Eastern) (Ardea purpurea manilensis), Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Slaty-legged Crake (sepiaria) (Rallina eurizonoides sepiaria), White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Barred Buttonquail (okinavensis) (Turnix suscitator okinavensis),
Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Great Crested-Tern (cristatus) (Thalasseus bergii cristatus), Roseate Tern (Indo-pacific) (Sterna dougallii bangsi),
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana sumatrana), Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus anaethetus),
Brown Noddy (pileatus) (Anous stolidus pileatus),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (stejnegeri) (Columba janthina stejnegeri), Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (stimpsoni) (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni), Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica),
Elegant Scops-Owl (Otus elegans elegans), Northern Boobook (Ryu Kyu) (Ninox japonica totogo),
Ruddy Kingfisher (bangsi) (Halcyon coromanda bangsi),
Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher (illex) (Terpsiphone atrocaudata illex),
Large-billed Crow (connectens) (Corvus macrorhynchos connectens),
Pacific Swallow (namiyei) (Hirundo tahitica namiyei),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (pryeri) (Hypsipetes amaurotis pryeri),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (loochooensis) (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher/Owston's Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina owstoni/Ficedula owstoni),
Scaly-breasted Munia (topela) (Lonchura punctulata topela)

インドクジャク, カイツブリ, ヨシゴイ, ムラサキサギ, クロサギ, オオクイナ, シロハラクイナ,
オオバン, ミフウズラ, シロチドリ, キアシシギ, イソシギ, ツバメチドリ,
オオアジサシ, ベニアジサシ, エリグロアジサシ, マミジロアジサシ, クロアジサシ,
ヨナクニカラスバト, リュウキュウキジバト, キンバト, リュウキュウコノハズク, リュウキュウアオバズク,
リュウキュウアカショウビン, リュウキュウサンコウチョウ, リュウキュウハシブトガラス,
リュウキュウツバメ, セッカ, リュウキュウヒヨドリ, リュウキュウメジロ, リュウキュウキビタキ, ウスアミメシマキンパラ
2019 July 29-31
Island Ishigaki (Okinawa)
石垣島(八重山,沖縄)

Black-winged Kite/Black-shouldered Kite (vociferus) (Elanus caeruleus vociferus)

Great Crested-Tern (cristatus) (Thalasseus bergii cristatus)

Purple Heron (Eastern) (Ardea purpurea manilensis)

Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)

Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)

Crested Serpent Eagle/Ryu Kyu Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela perplexus/Spilornis perplexus)

Ruddy Kingfisher (bangsi) (Halcyon coromanda bangsi)

Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica)

Elegant Scops-Owl (Otus elegans elegans)

Northern Boobook (Ryu Kyu) (Ninox japonica totogo)

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis tristis)

White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus), chicks

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder, R.Kinomura about birding at Ishigaki Island (Ishigaki-Jima).

On the first day, we went only to the spot of Black-winged Kite.
The Black-winged Kite was a bit far, but it was seen for a while.
After watching the Black-winged Kite, we went to the beach.
There were a flock of terns at the far distance near the horizon, but we could not identify its species.
While watching it, a Great Crested-Tern flew near. I was surprised since I didi not expect to see it there.
We went to the hotel after watching a Purple Heron perching on a tree.

On the second day, we asked for a guided day-tour and a night-tour.
First, we went to see Great Crested-Tern. Nine terns were flying around.
Next, we searched for Common Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) and shorebirds.
There were summer shorebirds such as Long-toed Stint, Black-winged Stilt, Common Redshank, and mostly Wood Sandpiper.
It was said that Common Greater Painted-snipe is breeding but could not be found.
On the way, we found a Cinnamon Bittern in a water channel, but it flew away.
Then, we moved to the campsite. I was surprised with a Ruddy Kingfisher appeared at the road side.
There was a parent of Elegant Scops-Owl which was raising the chicks, but we did not see the chicks.
At the end of the day-tour, we drove on a forest road.
A female Ryu Kyu Serpent-eagle, that had failed to raise her chick in this season, perched on a tree.
There was a female Common Emerald Dove on the road but it flew away. However, we found a male calling in a tree.
There was a Malayan Night Heron that jumped out from the ground and stopped on a tree, too.
In the night tour, we drove around Banna Park and the nearby forest road. We saw a large number of Elegant Scops-Owls and Ryukyu Northern Boobooks. We also saw three Ruddy Kingfishers.

On the third day, we went to the place where a Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel ariel) was observed, but we couldn't see it.
Then, we moved to the spot of Great Crested-Tern, however an angler was on the beach and there were no tern.
We moved to the campsite and watched the Elegant Scops-Owl. We searched for the chicks but could not find them again.
While searching, a Ryukyu Northern Boobook flew and perched nearby.
After that, we moved to see Common Mynas. They were still in the barn.
We went to see Black-winged Kite, but there was no kite that time. Instead we saw chicks of White-breasted Waterken.

The birds reported are;
Common Pheasant (Korean) (Phasianus colchicus karpowi),
Indean Peafowl (Pavo cristatus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus),
Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus melanolophus),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Purple Heron (Eastern) (Ardea purpurea manilensis),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black-winged Kite/Black-shouldered Kite (vociferus) (Elanus caeruleus vociferus),
Crested Serpent Eagle/Ryu Kyu Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela perplexus/Spilornis perplexus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (iwasakii) (Accipiter gularis iwasakii),
White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus), Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Common Redshank (Central Asian) (Tringa totanus ussuriensis), Common Greenshank (glottoides) (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta),
Great Crested-Tern (cristatus) (Thalasseus bergii cristatus), Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana sumatrana),
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (stimpsoni) (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni), Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica),
Whistling Green-Pigeon (medioximus) (Treron permagna medioximus),
Elegant Scops-Owl (Otus elegans elegans), Northern Boobook (Ryu Kyu) (Ninox japonica totogo),
Ruddy Kingfisher (bangsi) (Halcyon coromanda bangsi),
Large-billed Crow (osai) (Corvus macrorhynchos osai),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Light-vented Bulbul/Taiwan Bulbul (orii) (Pycnonotus sinensis orii/Pycnonotus formosae orii),
Brown-eared Bulbul (stejnegeri) (Hypsipetes amaurotis stejnegeri),
Warbling White-eye/Japanese White-eye (loochooensis) (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis tristis),
Blue Rock-Thrush (Red-bellied) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

コウライキジ, インドクジャク, カルガモ, リュウキュウヨシゴイ, ズグロミゾゴイ,
アマサギ, ムラサキサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, クロサギ,
ミサゴ, カタグロトビ, カンムリワシ, リュウキュウツミ, シロハラクイナ, バン,
セイタカシギ, コチドリ, シロチドリ, アカアシシギ, アオアシシギ, クサシギ,
タカブシギ, キアシシギ, イソシギ, ヒバリシギ, オオアジサシ, エリグロアジサシ, クロハラアジサシ,
リュウキュウキジバト, キンバト, チュウダイズアカアオバト, リュウキュウコノハズク, リュウキュウアオバズク,
リュウキュウアカショウビン, オサハシブトガラス, セッカ, ヤエヤマシロガシラ, イシガキヒヨドリ,
リュウキュウメジロ, カバイロハッカ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ
2019 July 25-27
Around Beppu City (Oita)
別府市周辺(大分)

Japanese Woodpecker (horii) (Picus awokera horii)

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius)

Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor)

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

; all photos by J.M.Garcia
This is a report by J.M.Garcia about birding at Beppu City in Oita Prefecture.

This is my first birding in Japan. I wanted to observe the summer visitors and was especially keen to watch Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina) and Ryukyu Minivet.

On the first day, I visited Beppu Park.
Due to the high humidity and high temperature, the number of birds was not many. However, I saw one of my target birds; Ryukyu Minivet.

On the second day, I walked from Kitahama to Kochi River.
I found a female of Blue Rock-Thrus (M.s.philippensis) whose colours are quite different from the European subspecies.
I saw some eagles (Osprey, Black Kite, Eastern Buzzard) and wagtails (Japanese, White)m too.

On the last day, I climbed Mt. Tsurumi. Since the purpose of the visit was not just birding, the number of the species recognized was not so many.
I saw an Oriental Cuckoo and a Meadow Bunting.

The birds reported are;
- at Beppu Park:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Pacific Swift (kanoi) (Apus pacificus kanoi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Japanese Woodpecker (horii) (Picus awokera horii),
Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

- at the coast from Kiahama to Kochi River:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
House Swift (subfurcatus) (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
shorebird sp.
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Blue Rock-Thrush (philippensis) (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

- at Mt. Tsurumi:
Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus),
eagle sp.
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

カルガモ, カワラバト, キジバト, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, カワウ, シギチドリ類, ウミネコ, アオサギ, コサギ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ノスリ, タカ類, カワセミ, カゴシマアオゲラ, リュウキュウサンショウクイ, ツツドリ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヤマガラ, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, イソヒヨドリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ
2019 July 25
Mt. Fuji
富士山周辺(静岡)

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)

Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Citron Day-lily

Peacock butterfly

Red admiral

; all photos by H.Usui
This is a report by H.Usui about birding at Mt. Fuji.

Because it was a sunny day and expected to become hot, I evacuated to the cool highland. But the temperature raised to 26 degrees Celsius at the field.

In Kita-Fuji Military Base (Kita-Fuji Enshujo), I observed Chestnut-eared Buntings, Crested/Oriental Honey-buzzard, Masked/Black-faced Buntings, etc.
The flower of Citron Day-lily had begun to bloom.

On the forest roads at the north side of Mt. Fuji, Japanese/Pacific Leaf Warbler, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Willow Tit were seen, but the distance to the birds was far to take their photos.
Peacock butterfly and Red admiral were seen, too.

The birds reported are;
- in Kita-Fuji Military Base:
Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus), Lesser Cuckoo (Small) (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- on Forest roads in the North face of Mt. Fuji:
Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni)

ハチクマ, カッコウ, ホトトギス, アカゲラ, モズ, コガラ, ヒバリ, ウグイス, コヨシキリ, メボソムシクイ. ミソサザイ,
コムクドリ, クロツグミ, アカハラ, ルリビタキ, ビンズイ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ, アオジ
2019 July 24
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
葛西臨海公園(東京)

Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax), juvenile

Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)

family of Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)

Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica)

; all photos by T.Miyamoto
This is a report by T.Miyamoto about birding at Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo.

The rainy season seems to be over soon. I saw a patch of blue sky in this morning.

A Little Grebe took the chicks at the south part of the fresh-water pond in front of Watching Center in the bird sanctuary. Five chicks seemed to be born. However, I confirmed only four of them. I heard later, another one of them was riding on the back of the parent.

I watched a juvenile of Ruddy-breasted Crake.
It was confirmed that a couple of Ruddy-breasted Crake copulated in this spring, and I heard their calls in this May and June, I has been expecting their breeding.
I took a glance of a bird seemed like the juvenile, but was not able to confirm it well last week. Although for a short time, I confirmed it well on the day.
It resembled a juvenile of Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), but the colors of the foot and the under tail-coverts were different and was a juvenile of Ruddy-breasted Crake.
This was my first observation in this field. As far as I know, this is the first time that Ruddy-breasted Crake breeds in this field.
I look forward to the growth of the juvenile.

In addition, I saw a Oriental Reed Warbler taking a grasshopper which might feed it for the chick.

Two Black-crowned Night Herons were foraging at the water gate located between the fresh-water pond and the brackish-water pond.

Furthermore, I watched a young Common Kingfisher after a long absence.

In the park, large drop of rain fell during the observation and it forced me to stay under the roof of the building. But I could not see any marks made by rain drops in the area of my home. I was surprised that there was such difference in between two areas nearby.

The birds reported are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ヒクイナ,
キジバト, カワセミ, オナガ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, オオヨシキリ,
コムクドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 July 18
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
葛西臨海公園(東京)

Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis)

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis)

Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax), juvenile

Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), juvenile

; all photos by T.Miyamoto
This is a report by T.Miyamoto about birding at Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo.

I visited the park after an one week absence.
There is less chance to go for birding due to less break of raining in this rainy season. However, it did not seem to rain, and the temperature seemed to rise, too.

There was Barn Swallow when I went in front of Watching Center in the bird sanctuary.
Yellow Bittern sometimes flew, too.

There were two Eastern Cattle Egrets, but they were not going to the rice field nearby.
However, they flew back soon. and perched on the stakes in the pond.
One of them was a beautiful individual.
They went back and forth between the stakes of the park's pond and the rice field, but I missed the good chance to watch their flights well.

There was a juvenile of Black-crowned Night Heron, too.
I heard that there were the parent together in the morning.
There was a scene where Black-crowned Night Heron flew in the side of the Eastern Cattle Egret.

I saw Chestnut-cheeked Starlings for the first time in this season in this site.
They were forming a flock around thirty. They were foraging, bathing, and perching on a silk tree. There were some juveniles in the flock.

The birds reported are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Azure-winged Magpie (japonica) (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, アマサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
キジバト, オナガ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, オオヨシキリ,
コムクドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 July 08
One-day Trip in Eastern area of Kanto Plain
関東東部1日探鳥

Marsh Grassbird (Japanese) (Helopsaltes pryeri pryeri/Locustella pryeri pryeri)

Japanese Reed Bunting/Ochre-rumped Bunting (Japanese) (Emberiza yessoensis yessoensis/Schoeniclus yessoensis yessoensis)

Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis)

Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)

Little Tern (sinensis) (Sternula albifrons sinensis)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

: all photos by H.Tsuruoka
In the rainy season of this year, it continues to rain every day really like the rainy season. However, it was the day when it was forecasted that it did not rain after the long rainy days. But strong wind from the north blew and rain fell when we arrived at the Tonegawa down stream in the area of Takahama, Kamisu-shi, our first visit site.
From the reed fields in the riverbeds, lively songs of Oriental Reed Warbler were heard and sometimes the characteristic songs of Zitting Cisticola, Marsh Grassbird and Eurasian Bittern were also heard, but those birds did not appear in our sight.
Only Barn Swallows flew lower around us.
We continued observing under the river bank where the wind did not hit for a while, then the rain stopped and the sky became brighter.
By this improvement of the weather condition, Japanese Reed Buntings begun to perch on the shrubs in the reed field.
Marsh Grassbirds began its unique flight forming arc while singing.
Zitting Cisticolas also began to fly.

We moved to the second site; Ukishima.
We saw blue sky from the slit of the cloud, but the wind was still strong.
We heard songs of Oriental Reed Warblers and saw a few Zitting Cisticolas which were carrying food for chicks.
A Common Kestrel on the trail jumped up noticing us and flew away.

On the way to the last destination, Lake Inba-numa, we took a glance of a reddish cuckoo. Since it was too early to see Oriental Cuckoo in this area, it should be Lesser Cuckoo.
In the wide reed field of Inba-numa, many Oriental Reed Warblers and Yellow Bitterns were flying busily bringing foods for their chicks in the covert nests in the dense reeds.
We saw terns at the far distance flying above the lake.
A Eastern Marsh-Harrier appeared and flew gracefully front of us for a while.

The birds observed were;
- at Tonegawa down stream in the area of Takahama;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Bittern/Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris stellaris),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret/Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Western Osprey/Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (japonica) (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Marsh Grassbird (Japanese) (Helopsaltes pryeri pryeri/Locustella pryeri pryeri),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Reed Bunting/Ochre-rumped Bunting (Japanese) (Emberiza yessoensis yessoensis/Schoeniclus yessoensis yessoensis)

- at Ukishima;
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret/Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- at Inba-numa;
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Eurasian Bittern/Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris stellaris), Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Ruddy-breasted Crake (erythrothorax) (Porzana fusca erythrothorax/Zapornia fusca erythrothorax),
Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Little Tern (sinensis) (Sternula albifrons sinensis), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus),
Lesser Cuckoo (Small) (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

キジ, コブハクチョウ, カルガモ, カイツブリ, サンカノゴイ, ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ヒクイナ, コチドリ, オオセグロカモメ, コアジサシ, クロハラアジサシ,
カワラバト, キジバト, ホトトギス, カワセミ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ,
オオセッカ, ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, コジュリン
2019 July 03
South foot and Northern Area of Mt. Yatsugatake (Nagano)
八ヶ岳南麓&北部(長野)

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus)

Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)

Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis)
We visited the south foot (Nobeyama) and the nortern area (Kita-Yatsugatake) of Mt, Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture.
There are variaty of nature such as; volcanoes, dense forests, wetlands of high moor and vast farm lands.

In Kyushu, record breaking heavy rain was falling, but, fortunately, it was cloudy in the Kanto-Koshinetsu area.

In Nobeyama Highland, there were Stejneger's Stonechats at the grass field.
Several Common Cuckoos were flying and calling at pastureland.
And a few Meadow Buntings were singing on the top of trees.

Near Inago-yu in the nortern area of Mt, Yatsugatake, we heard an Siberian Thrush.
We stopped over at Yadake Fall where we had observed Japanese Robins in the past years. However the path to the fall was not allowed to enter due to reconstruction of the path which was damaged by the super typhoon in last year. We did not hear any call of Japanese Robin there.

We visited "Yachiho Highland Nature Garden" which is located in the Yachiho Highlands situated on the northeast side of the mountain. In the highlands, there are an estimated 500,000 white birch trees, which create a beautiful and bright forest. Mongolian oaks and Japanese larches also grow around the white birch forest where we can enjoy the songs of birds.
The time when we visited was late for the best time to hear the lot of birds songs, but we still heard the songs of birds such as Japanese Robin, Siberian Blue Robin, Narcissus Flycatcher, and Blue-and-white Flycatcher.
We saw a family of Willow Tit, too.

We drove to the west side of the mountain via Mugikusa Pass covered with dense fog and visited the forest near Togariishi Pre-historic site.
The forest was filled with birds calls, especially many Japanese Thrushes were singing loudly. Over ten males of Japanese Thrush were observed.
The Japanese Tits and Masked Bunting were singing very well, too.

The birds observed there are;
- At Nobeyama Highland:
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- Near Inago-yu:
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides/Seicercus borealoides),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- At Yachiho Highland Nature Garden (Yachiho-kogen Shizen-en):
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas),
Eurasian Wren (dauricus) (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Siberian Blue Robin (bochaiensis) (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

- Around Togariishi Pre-historic site:
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, トビ, キジバト, カッコウ, アカゲラ, モズ, シジュウカラ, コガラ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, メボソムシクイ, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, ミソサザイ,
ゴジュウカラ, マミジロ, クロツグミ, アカハラ, コマドリ, コルリ, ノビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 June 30
Paddy field in Itakura (Gunma) & Watarase Retarding Basin (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki)
板倉のたんぼ(群馬)&渡良瀬遊水地(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

Lotuses in full bloom

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus)

Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)

White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus)
We visited the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).
When we arrived at Itakura, the rain, that had begun to fall from the day before due to an active seasonal rain front, still continued to fall.
However, egrets were active in the rain. We saw many Intermediate Egrets in the paddy fields where rices were just planted.
There were a few flocks of Grey-headed Lapwings, too. The number of Grey-headed Lapwing is increasing year by year in this field.
We also saw some Pacific Golden-Plovers and Little Ringed Plovers.

In the pond, the lotus was blooming.
There were Common Moorhens.

In the reed fields of Watarase Retarding Basin, Zitting Cisticolas, Marsh Grassbirds and Oriental Reed Warblers were active even in the rain.
There was no person in the field, and the Green Pheasants were relaxing on the roads.
On the grassland, White-cheeked Starlings were gathering and making large flocks.

The birds observed were;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes/Phasianus versicolor kigis),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Little Ringed Plover (Northern) (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (brunniceps)/Fan-tailed Warbler (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Marsh Grassbird (Japanese) (Helopsaltes pryeri pryeri/Locustella pryeri pryeri),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis,


キジ, カルガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, バン,
ケリ, ムナグロ, コチドリ, キジバト, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, オオセッカ, オオヨシキリ, ムクドリ, スズメ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ
2019 June 24-26
Oze (Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata)
尾瀬(福島,栃木,群馬,新潟)

Spotted Nutcracker (Japanese) (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica)
: photo by H.Usui

Oe Marsh with skunk cabbages in full-blossom

Lake Oze & Mt. Hiuchi at dawn

Japanese Leaf Warbler/Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Seicercus xanthodryas)
: photo by H.Usui

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)

Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis)
: photo by H.Usui

Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Ozegahara covered with fog

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus)
We visited Oze.

Oze is an area consisting of open Greenland located at the border of Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata Prefectures.
This is the 29th national park in Japan, opened on 30 August 2007.
There are a Lake (Oze-numa), the high moors (Ozegahara) and the mountains.
This high moor is the largest in Japan, and is famous as an area rich in rare and precious plants and animals.
It is said to have been formed in the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago.
Because of the special geographical conditions of the highland basin, plants that evolved in the Ice Age are still growing naturally now.
The beautiful scenery is especially enjoyable when the moor is covered with blooming skunk cabbage in spring and day lilies in summer.
We can enjoy birding on highland from spring to autumn. Especially in summer, comfortable birding in the cool atmosphere is enjoyable.

When we arrived at Miike Parking lot at the noon, the rain which fell from the morning stopped intermittently fortunately.
The walking trail via Numayama Pass was filled with birds' songs. Probably thanks to the rain in the morning, the birds had been waited the rain to stop and they started singing immediately when the rain stopped.
We heard and saw many birds, such as; Lesser Cuckoo, tits (Coal, Willow), Red-flanked Bluetail, warblers (Japanese Bush, Japanese Leaf, Eastern Crowned), Goldcrest, Eurasian Wren, Japanese Robin, Eurasian Bullfinch, and Grey Bunting.
At the Numayama Pass, we saw a Crested Honey Buzzard and two Spotted Nutcrackers.

Along the wooden footpath in Oe Marsh, we walked looking at alpine plants. Due to the snow which fell in the late April, the blooming delayed around two weeks than the ordinary years. We could see the skunk cabbages in full blossom.
There were a Eastern Buzzard and heard Common Cuckoos.

When we arrived at Chozo-goya Lodge, the rain started very hard again with thunders.

In the early next morning, we saw clear sky and Lake Oze sitting still in silence.
In the sky, many Asian House Martins flew swift, and a Lesser Cuckoo flew singing.
We walked in the forest around the lodge, the birds were active, and we saw Grey Wagtails, Coal Tits, Eurasian Wren, Masked Buntings. Two Common Cuckoos flew at the lake side. And we heard the loud calls of Little Grebes in the lake.

We walked on the south couse of Lake Oze towards Numajiri. The trail is provided in a forest along the lake side.
We saw a few Great Cormorants on the rocks in the lake.

From Numajiri to Miharashi, we walked on the trail of Shirasuna Pass.
At Shrasuna Pass, there is a marsh. There were a few Blue-and-white Flycatchers singing at the top of trees.
From Shirasuna Pass to Miharashi, we went down about 250 meters along a stream. The forest changes from coniferous trees to broad‐leaved trees. Thanks to this variation of the natural environment, we saw many species of birds such as; Northern Hawk-Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, leaf warblers (Sakhalin, Japanese), Wood Nuthatch, Siberian Thrush, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, and Grey Bunting,

At Miharashi, there are many lodges for hikers. Asian House Martins were nesting under the roofs of these lodges. Russet Sparrows and Grety Wagtails were nesting in these lodges, too.
We looked for Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus) which is the winter bird but had been recorded in the previous summers at this site.
However, we could not find it this time.

In the afternoon we walked around Ozegahara from Miharashi via Yoppi Bridge and Ryugu.
In the grass field, many Stejneger's Stonechats and Chestnut-eared Buntings were singing on dwarf shrubs.
We heard a small calls of Latham's Snipes several times.
Cuckoos (Common, Lesser, Oriental) calls well in the forest and montains.
After sunset, the Latham's Snipes started to fly in the dark howling their unique flapping.

In the morning of the last day, the weather was very fine, too. Ozegahara was covered with thin white fog.
The birds around the lodge in Miharashi were very active. We heard songs of Siberian Thrush and Brown-headed Thrush.

We returned back the same trail up to Shirasuna Pass.
We saw almost same species as the day before. We heard and saw Siberian Blue Robins, Grey Buntings and Blue-and-white Flycatchers this time.

From Numajiri to Oe Mash, we went on the north couse of Lake Oze.
We saw Asian Brown Flycatchers and Grey Buntings very well.

Watching the same kinds of birds, we returned back to Numayamatoge Pass.
We saw a family of Willow Tit on this trail.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Little Grebe (poggei) (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Crested Honey Buzzard/Oriental Honey-buzzard (Northern) (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Northern Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus), Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Oriental Cuckoo/Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus), Lesser Cuckoo (Small) (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
Spotted Nutcracker (Japanese) (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Seicercus xanthodryas), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Goldcrest (japonensis) (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Siberian Blue Robin (bochaiensis) (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Russet Sparrow (rutilans) (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) 8Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata), Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Schoeniclus variabilis variabilis)

オシドリ, マガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, ハチクマ, トビ, ノスリ, オオジシギ, キジバト,
ジュウイチ, カッコウ, ツツドリ, ホトトギス, コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, サンショウクイ, モズ,
カケス, ホシガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, コガラ, イワツバメ, ヒバリ,
ウグイス, メボソムシクイ, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ, ゴジュウカラ,
マミジロ, アカハラ, コマドリ, コルリ, ルリビタキ, ノビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ,
ニュウナイスズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ウソ, ホオアカ, アオジ, クロジ
2019 June 23-July 03
Hokkaido
北海道

Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)





Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia vicinitas)

Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus)



Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis)

Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps)

Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis)

Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni)

Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Green-headed) (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana/Motacilla flava taivana)

Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)



Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii)

Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni)

Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps)

; all photos by M.Fujita
This is a report by M.Fujita about birding in Hokkaido.

The weather during trip was not good like cloudy, drizzly, foggy or windy, except the first two days.
It did not obstruct watching birds but was not good for taking photos.

At the observatory of Mt. Asahi (Asahi-Dake), Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis) appeared well and we saw two couples and one male.

As for the Yellow-breasted Bunting (ornatus) (Emberiza aureola ornata/Schoeniclus aureolus ornatus) at Sarobetsu Plain (Sarobetsu Gen-ya), a few couples were confirmed this year, but we were able to watch only one of them which sang far in the distance. When they arrived at the field, they were observed nearby, but it was too far to take photos at this time.
In recent years, the breeding of the Red-necked Grebe (Holboll's) (Podiceps grisegena holbollii) in Shimo-Sarobetsu does not seem to be confirmed.

There were many regular members, such as Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis), Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri), Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps), Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis), Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus), Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus).
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii) were heard at Sarobetsu and Kiritappu Wetland and seen in Wakka Wild Flower Park (Wakka Gensei-Kaen).

The Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni) in Rausu appeared after 24:00 passed.

I expected Common Redshank (Central Asian) (Tringa totanus ussuriensis) at Notsuke Peninsula, but in late years the breeding was not confirmed.

The Pine Grosbeak at Shiretoko Pass was seen in a patch of blue sky in the dense fog.

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) stopping on the telephone pole was not seen this time, and I wondered about the decrease of its number.

I was able to watch Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia vicinitas) on the forest roads in Shunkunitai and Lake Hichirippu (thanks to the drizzly?).

When driving, I saw Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus) and Sand Martin (Kamchatka) (Riparia riparia ijimae), too.

The birds observed
- at Nopporo Forest Park
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (seebohmi) (Yungipicus kizuki seebohmi/Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Japanese White-eye (Honshu) (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch/Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- around Mt. Asahi
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus),
Pacific Swift (Northern) (Apus pacificus pacificus),
Western Osprey / Osprey (Eurasian) (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides/Seicercus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis/Schoeniclus variabilis variabilis)

- at Sarobetsu Plain
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea alba modesta/Ardea modesta),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii), Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola/Locustella amnicola),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Asian Wood Nuthatch/Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Green-headed) (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana/Motacilla flava taivana), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens/Motacilla lugens),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata), Yellow-breasted Bunting (ornatus) (Emberiza aureola ornata/Schoeniclus aureolus ornatus),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Beniya Wetland
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Omusaro Wild Flower Preserve
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus), Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis), Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola/Locustella amnicola),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Komuke Primeval Garden
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Monbetsu Cityn
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Shibunotsunai Lake
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula ), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great Cormorant (hanedae) (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
White-throated Needletail (Northern) (Hirundapus caudacutus caudacutus),
Black-headed Gull (Siberian) (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Green-headed) (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana/Motacilla flava taivana),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Wakka Wild Flower Park
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Abashiri City
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch/Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica), ,br> Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Russet Sparrow (rutilans) (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- Yobito Walking Path
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Eurasian Tree-Creeper (daurica) (Certhia familiaris daurica),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis/Schoeniclus variabilis variabilis)

- Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)

- Shiretoko Pass & Rausu
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus), Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Pacific Swift (Northern) (Apus pacificus pacificus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Notsuke Peninsula
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary
Eurasian Wryneck (Japan) (Jynx torquilla japonica),
White-backed Woodpecker (subcirris) (Dendrocopos leucotos subcirris), Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda arvensis japonica/Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- Forest roads near Shunkunitai
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia vicinitas),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Northern Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides/Seicercus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Kiritappu Wetland
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii), Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis/Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Kushiro City
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus/Seicercus coronatus),
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola/Locustella amnicola),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina/Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

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2019 June 18-21
Doto Area (Hokkaido)
道東(北海道)

Washi-no-yado at Rausu

Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni)

Northern Fulmar (Pacific) (Fulmarus glacialis rodgersii)

Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis)

Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla)

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)

family of Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps)

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), juvenile

Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo)

Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile) at left,
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus) at center,
& two Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus)
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata)

Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige)

Kiritappu Wetland covered by Eriophorum vaginatums
We visited Doto Area, the east part of Hokkaido.
Though the Tokyo area in June is the rain season, the weather in Hokkaido is fine and cool and good for birding. Also we can see different species from Tokyo area.

At first, we visited Otowa Bridge of Setsuri River in Tsurui Village.
This site is very famous for watching Red-crowned Cranes roosting in the river in the beautiful morning mist in winter.
In contrast to the winter time, the field was covered with fresh greens, and warblers (Sakhalin Leaf, Eastern Crowned) and Masked Buntings were singing well.
Two Red-crowned Cranes flew above us and welcomed us.
In a grass field along the road, we found a few Long-tailed Rosefinches with redish breeding form.

The second site we visited was Lake Shirarutoro in Kushiro Wetland.
When we visite last autumn, we saw big flocks of migrant geese (Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's), Bean Goose) and resident Common Mergansers.
This time, only a few Falcated Ducks were found in the lake. Instead, there were a Common Cuckoo, woodpeckers (Japanese Pygmy, Great Spotted), warblers (Japanese Bush, Sakhalin Grasshopper/Stepanyan's, Sakhalin Leaf, Eastern Crowned), and a family of Asian Wood Nuthatch.
There was a young Red-crowned Crane in the forest, too.

Before sunset, we arrived at Washi-no-Yado, today's inn in Rausu.
We waited for Blakiston's Fish-Owl which is breeding near the inn and visit to get fish in the river flowing at the front of the inn after sunset.
After waiting almost 5 hours and we almost gave up the observation, one owl finally appeared suddenly without noise at 23:55.
It appeared one hour later again.
In the early morning of the second day, we walked around the inn.
There were many Grey Wagtails singing actively.
A Masked Bunting was singing at a tip of a dead tree.
We saw two White-bellied Green-Pigeons perching at a tree.

Then we enjoyed the cruise by Shiretoko Nature Cruise in the morning.
The cruise was two and a half hours course.
At Rausu Port, we saw many gulls (Slaty-backed, Black-tailed) and two White-tailed Eagles on the breakwaters.
Near the port, we saw some Rhinoceros Auklets and Short-tailed Shearwaters. We expected to see huge flocks of Short-tailed Shearwater, which gathers at this water in this season, however we could not see such aa big flock this time. At the offshore, many Northern Fulmars were flying around the ship. A Laysan Albatross flew near the ship. We saw more than ten Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) and a Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), too.

In the afternoon, we visited Shiretoko Pass. On the road up to the pass, we saw an Olive-backed Pipit singing at the top of a tree.
At the pass, we waited for Pine Grosbeak in the bush of Dwarf Stone Pine (Pinus pumila). On the road up to the pass, we saw an Olive-backed Pipit singing at the top of a tree.
At the pass, we waited for Pine Grosbeak in the bush of Dwarf Stone Pine (Pinus pumila).
It was cold with the wind passing from Sea of Okhotsk to Nemuro Channel. A few Pacific Swifts were flying in the wind.
After a while, a couple of Pine Grosbeak flew and jumped into the bush. We saw a male stopping on a Dwarf Stone Pine. Then, the male and female appeared together closely, and we watched the beautiful birds very well.
Then we drove down to the Utoro side. We heard a call of Japanese Robin.

We moved to the north towards Koshimizu Wild Flower Park (Koshimizu Gensei-Kaen). This field is a grassfield formed between Lake Tofutsu and Sea of Okhotsk.
We heard and saw many birds in the grassfield such as; Stejneger's Stonechats, Grey-capped Greenfinches, Common Reed Buntings, Japanese Bush-Warblers, Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warblers, and Common Cuckoos.
We saw a few White-tailed Eagles and a Eastern Marsh-Harrier flying near the lake.

We returned back to Washi-no-Yado before sunset. We saw a Brown Dipper in the river front of the inn.
We waited for Blakiston's Fish-Owl again.
The owl appeared earlier that night at around 22:00. The owl stayed at the riververy long for more than twenty minutes and ate four fishes.
In the early morning of the third day, we saw many birds around the inn such as; Asian Brown Flycatchers, Blue-and-white Flycatchers, and Grey Wagtails.
A Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler was singing loudly in the bush near the river. We tried to look for the bird, but it hide inside the bush and we could not see it.

We visited Notsuke Peninsula (Notsuke-Hanto). On the road to the visitor center, we saw birds, such as gulls (Slaty-backed, Black-tailed), a flock of Greater Scaup, White-tailed Eagles at the seaside, and Latham's Snipes, Black-browed Reed Warblers, Stejneger's Stonechats, Common Reed Buntings, Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warblers, Japanese Skylarks, and Common Cuckoos in the grassfield.
At the visitr center, we got an certificate to enter into the protection area at the tip of the peninsula and drove into the protection area.
We saw a few Kentish Plovers, a few White-tailed Eagles and a family of Red-crowned Crane. There was a red fox walking nearby the crane's family.

On the way to the next destination; Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary (Shunkunitai Gensei-Yacho-Koen), we saw a flock of waterfowls (Common Merganser/Goosanders, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Greater Scaups).

In the forest of Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary, we saw and heard many birds such as; Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Carrion Crows, Large-billed Crows, tits (Coal, Marsh, Japanese), warblers (Sakhalin Grasshopper, Sakhalin Leaf, Eastern Crowned), Eurasian Wrens, Asian Wood Nuthatches, and an Eurasian Tree-Creeper.
We walked on the wooden footpath at the lake side of Lake Furen.
From the footpath, we heard songs of Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler.
We saw Common Reed Buntings, a family of Eurasian Wren, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, and a Coal Tit in the forest of coniferous trees; Sakhalin spruce (Picea glehnii) and Todo fir (Abies sachalinensis).
On the shore of the lake near the cottage where we stayed at, a family of Red-crowned Crane was eating the grasses.

In the morning of the last day, we moved to Ochiishi Port.
On the wat via Betoga Town through the deep forest, we enjoyed watching many birds such as; Latham's Snipe, Common Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Bullfinch, Siberian Rubythroat, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Brown-headed Thrush, Japanese Robin, and Red-flanked Bluetail.

When we arrived at Ochiishi Port for Ochiishi Nature Cruise, the port was covered with dense fog, According to the staff of the cruise, the ship would depart on schedule but she was not sure that the fog will be cleared during the cruise.
When we got on the fishing boat, the fog became thin.
In the port, we saw many Slaty-backed Gulls sitting on the nests made on the breakwater.
A few Pacific Swifts were flying around the breakwater.
Outside of the port, many Rhinoceros Auklets were floating on the sea.
Soon, we saw a juvenile Tufted Puffin near the boat.
On Yururi Island, there were many gulls nesting. There were a few White-tailed Eagles aiming at the gull in the island, too. We saw an eagle was chased by gulls.
Around the island, there were a big flock of Spectacled Guillemots.
On the rocks, there were many Japanese Cormorants and a few Red-faced Cormorants. Red-faced Cormorant inhabits at only this area in Japan.
We looked for adult of Tufted Puffin around Yururi and Moyururi Islands, but we did not see during the cruise.

In the afternoon, we visited Kiritappu Wetland, the last destination of this trip,
This wetland is very wide and was entirely covered by beautiful white Eriophorum vaginatums.
There were birds in the grassland such as; Latham's Snipe, Common Cuckoo, Japanese Skylark, Lanceolated Warbler, Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler, and Stejneger's Stonechat.

The birds observed
- at Otowa Bridge in Tsurui Village
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (seebohmi) (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at Lake Shirarutoro
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (seebohmi) (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus), Grey-faced Woodpecker (jessoensis) (Picus canus jessoensis)?
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Locustella amnicola),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Eurasian Nuthatch) (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Russet Sparrow (rutilans) (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at Rausu
Black-throated Loon/Black-throated Diver/Arctic Loon (Green-throated) (Gavia arctica viridigularis),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Locustella amnicola),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica dauurica), Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta), White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Nature Cruise at Rausu
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis),
Northern Fulmar (Pacific) (Fulmarus glacialis rodgersii),
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus)

- Shiretoko Pass
Pacific Swift (Northern) (Apus pacificus pacificus),
Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus)?
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Olive-backed Pipit (Indian) (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Pine Grosbeak (sakhalinensis) (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Koshimizu
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata), Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Notsuke Peninsula
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Kentish Plover (nihonensis) (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda japonica japonica),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Shunbetsu River (Bekkai)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),

- Shunkunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Oriental Cuckoo/Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Marsh Tit (hensoni) (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii), Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler/Stepanyan's Warbler (Locustella amnicola),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps)
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Eurasian Wren (fumigatus) (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Eurasian Tree-Creeper (daurica) (Certhia familiaris daurica),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Common Reed Bunting/Reed Bunting (pyrrhulinus) (Schoeniclus schoeniclus pyrrhulinus)

- Betoga (Nemuro)
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (japonicus) (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Seicercus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (sanguinolentus) (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Grey-bellied) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Masked Bunting/Black-faced Bunting (personatus) (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- Ochiishi Cruise
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Glaucous Gull (pallidissimus) (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo),
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata),
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Pacific Swift (Northern) (Apus pacificus pacificus),
Siberian Rubythroat (Kamchatka) (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

- Kiritappu Wetland
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus lineatus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Skylark/Japanese Skylark (japonica) (Alauda japonica japonica),
Lanceolated Warbler (hendersonii) (Locustella lanceolata hendersonii), Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler (Locustella ochotensis ochotensis),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Seicercus coronatus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, オナガガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, ホオジロガモ, カワアイサ, オオハム,
コアホウドリ, フルマカモメ, ハシボソミズナギドリ, アオサギ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, チシマウガラス,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, オジロワシ, チュウヒ, タンチョウ, シロチドリ, オオジシギ, ウミネコ, シロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ケイマフリ, ウトウ, エトピリカ, カワラバト, キジバト, アオバト, カッコウ, ツツドリ, シマフクロウ, キタアマツバメ,
エゾコゲラ, エゾアカゲラ, ヤマゲラ? ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ハシブトガラ,
ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, マキノセンニュウ, シマセンニュウ, エゾセンニュウ, コヨシキリ,
エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, ミソサザイ, シロハラゴジュウカラ, キタキバシリ, アカハラ, コマドリ, ノゴマ, ルリビタキ,
ノビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ, カワガラス, ニュウナイスズメ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ギンザンマシコ, ウソ, ホオアカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 June 15-16
Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort, Takayama, Mt. Norikura & Hirayu (Gifu)
濁河温泉,高山,乗鞍岳,平湯(岐阜)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus) at Kaida Highland
I participated a bus tour by Fureai Baird Watching Club and visited Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort (Nigorigo Onsen) and Mt. Norikura (Norikura-Dake).

When we departed, it was raining due to a strong low pressure.
Nobody of the tour member expected good result of the birding due to the rain during whole days of the tour. However, when we entered in Gifu Prefecture, the rain stopped and we saw the blue sky through the break in the clouds.

At first, we visited Kaida Highland (1,150-1,200 m on the north foot of Mt. Ontake).
When we started birding, it started rain again. But it was not so strong and we could enjoy birding.
Near the horse farm, we heard and saw Common Cuckoos, a family of Bull-headed Shrikes and wagtails (Black-backed, Japanese).
In the forest, there were a few Meadow Buntings and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
When we stopped over at the vegetable field, the rain stopped again and sun shined again. Thanks to this condition, the birds became active and we saw a Green Pheasant in the field, a Meadow Bunting singing at the top of a tree, and Asian House Martins and a Mountain Hawk-Eagle in the sky.

Near Ciao Ontake Snow Resort (2000 m on the north foot of Mt. Ontake), we looked for Spotted Nutcracker, and some members saw it from the bus.
We heard Japanese Leaf Warblers, Red-flanked Bluetails and a Japanese Robin, too.

In Kurumijima Campground (1850 m on the north foot of Mt. Ontake).
When we started to walk, it was not raining, and we heard some birds singing such as; leaf warblers (Pacific, Sakhalin), Red-flanked Bluetails and Coal Tits.
When we reached the center of the campground, suddenly strong wind blew and strong rain like shower started to fall. We gave up continuing the birding and returned back to the bus.

At the entrance of Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort, the birds were quiet due to the wind and rain. We moved to the inn and waited for the recovery of the weather condition.
In the evening, the rain stopped but still windy. We heard only one Japanese Robin near the inn in this evening.

We expected the recovery of the weather, but it started rain from the mid night again. In the morning of the second day, we started birding from 5 am when the rain and wind became calmed down slightly.
We walked down to the bridge at the entrance of Nigorigo Spa Resort.
We heard some Japanese Robins singing, and some members saw a Blue-and-white Flycatcher singing on the top of the tree.
Near the bridge, some lucky members saw a Japanese Robin singing on a small branch at the close distance.
According to the weather forecast, the weather condition at the Mt. Norikura would be very bad with very strong wind even after the low pressure gone away to the north east. However, we expected that this forecast would be off and decided to visit Mt. Norikura as planned.

Along the road in the Nyukawa area, Takayama City, there were egrets in the paddy fields.
We climbed up the road in strong wind and fog to the top of Mt. Norikura by bus. When we reached the forest line over 2, 200 meter high, the wind became very strong and dangerous to go ahead further. We decided to give up the birding and switched back the road.
Some member saw an Alpine Accentor stopping on a rock in the strong wind. We could not see Rock Ptarmigan (japonica) (Lagopus muta japonica) this time.

As the final destination, we visited a forest near the Hirayu Bus Stop.
The forest was better than we expected, since the site was wide and was covered with broad‐leaved trees and a small stream flowed. We walked around about one hour and we saw a family of Wood Nuthatch, tits (Japanese, Coal, Long-tailed) and Asian Stubtails.

The birds observed are;
- at Kaida Highland:
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (orientalis) (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus canorus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (N Honshu) (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (South Asian) (Corvus corone orientalis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/ Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (minor) (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- at Kurumijima Campground:
Spotted Nutcracker (Japanese) (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (restrictus) (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides/Seicercus borealoides),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige), Red-flanked Bluetail/Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)

- at Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort:
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Eastern) (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Lesser Cuckoo (Small) (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Eurasian Jay (japonicus) (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Large-billed Crow (Japanese) (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Japanese) (Hypsipetes amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas/Seicercus xanthodryas), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides/Seicercus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (dauricus) (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige), Red-flanked Bluetail/Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Japanese) (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- at Nyukawa area, Takaoka City:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (jouyi) (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great White Egret/Eastern Great Egret (Eurasian) (Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Common Kestrel (interstinctus) (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite/Black-eared Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus/Milvus lineatus lineatus), Eastern Buzzard (japonicus) (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (saturatus) (Passer montanus saturatus),
Meadow Bunting (ciopsis) (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- at Mt. Norikura:
Alpine Accentor (erythropygia) (Prunella collaris erythropygia),
Grey Wagtail (robusta) (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- at forest near Hiyayu Bus terminal:
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/Pygmy Woodpecker (nippon) (Yungipicus kizuki nippon/Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Tit (minor) (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (insularis) (Periparus ater insularis),
Barn Swallow (gutturalis) (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (trivirgatus) (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush-Warbler (cantans) (Horornis diphone cantans),
Wood Nuthatch (amurensis) (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni),
White Wagtail/Pied Wagtail/ Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

キジ, カルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ノスリ, クマタカ,
キジバト, カッコウ, ホトトギス, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, カケス, ホシガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, コガラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ヤブサメ, ウグイス, メボソムシクイ, エゾムシクイ,
ミソサザイ, ゴジュウカラ, ムクドリ, マミジロ, アカハラ, コマドリ, ルリビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ,
イワヒバリ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラ, イカル, ホオジロ
2019 June 05-06
Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort (Gero, Gifu)
濁河温泉(下呂,岐阜)

Kaida Highland

Valley in Nigorigo

Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas)

Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)
We visited Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort (Nigorigo Onsen) located at altitude 1800 meter, 7th station on the north-west foot of Mt. Ontake.

On the drive way to Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort, we saw many Pacific Swifts in the sky and many Bull-headed Shrikes in the vegetable fields in Kaida Highland (1000-1500 m on the north-east foot of Mt. Ontake).

Near Ciao Ontake Snow Resort (2000 m on the north foot of Mt. Ontake), we looked for Japanese Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica) which was observed well during the last visit on 2018 June 23. However, there was no Japanese Spotted Nutcracker this time.
Instead we heard and saw Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler and Sakhalin Leaf Warbler.

Around 1 pm in the afternoon, we arrived at the first site; Kurumijima Campground (1850 m on the north foot of Mt. Ontake).
It was the worst timing for birding, and the birds were quiet and resting out of our sight. We heard only some leaf warblers (Pacific, Sakhalin), Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins and a Grey-bellied Bullfinch.

At the entrance of Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort, we looked for birds.
Unfortunately a restoration construction of the guardrail damage caused by the heavy rain of the last year was on going, and the bird was not found except for Sakhalin and Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warblers.
The mountain trail to Mount Ontake via "Sen-nin Waterfalls" was closed from the upper part of the waterfall because the restoration had not been yet completed for a disaster of the last year.
At the entrance of the trail, a Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher was singing well among a tree. A part of the walking trail to the resort provided in the hill site was also closed due to the collapse.
We heard some calls of Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins there.

In the evening, we eventually heard the song of a Japanese Robin in the room of the inn, which we were desiring very much.

In the next morning, we observed many birds in contrast to the afternoon of the day before.
Two Japanese Robins had begun to sing at the road side near the inn at the daybreak.
In front of the inn, two Japanese Jays appeared.
At the entrance of the mountain trail, a Eurasian Wren was singing well, and a Blue-and-white Flycatcher was singing on the the treetop.
Near Sen-nin Waterfall, a Japanese Robin was singing.
We heard a Northern Hawk-Cuckoo call. Then it suddenly began to fly with the other two Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoos which had been hiding quietly. But soon they hid quietly again.
At the entrance of the resort where the road construction was carried out in the day before, the construction was not started yet and we observed many birds there, too. We heard three Japanese Robins singing well. I took a glance of one of them. We heard many warblers (Sakhalin Leaf, Pacific Leaf, Japanese Bush), a Eurasian Wren, and a Japanese Grosbeak. A Blue-and-white Flycatcher was singing on the a treetop, too.

Then we moved to Kurumijima Campground.
Birds were also active there, too.
We heard many warblers (Pacific, Sakhalin) and watched Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warblers very well,
We heard a Japanese Robin singing near a small stream.
We saw Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins and a Grey-bellied Bullfinchs, too.
We found a flycatcher looked very different from Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin with its back in the dark blacky blue and breast in orange colour. We could not take its photo unfortunately.

On the return way, we stopped over at Kaida Highland again.
Near the Tourist Guide office, I found two Daurian Redstarts. This bird was the winter bird in Japan, but recently, the breeding has been recorded in the central area of Honshu. These two individuals might be breeding at this field, too.
Near the horse farm, we heard and saw an Eastern Common Cuckoo, a Meadow Bunting and some Black-backed Wagtails.

The birds observed are;
- at Kaida Highland:
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Eastern Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus subtelephonus),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Eastern Crowned Warbler(Phylloscopus coronatus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- at Kurumijima Campground:
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Lessor Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- at Nigorigo Hot-spring Resort:
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Northern Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

キジ, ゴイサギ, トビ, キジバト, アオバト, キタジュウイチ, カッコウ, ホトトギス, アマツバメ,
コゲラ? サンショウクイ, モズ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒガラ, コガラ,
ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メボソムシクイ, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ,
ミソサザイ, コマドリ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, オオルリ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
ウソ, イカル, ホオジロ
2019 May 10 - June 06
Low mountain in Kyoto City (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都市低山(京都)



Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)



Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus), very young fledgling



Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana),
Relaxed after chicks succesfully fledged

Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at a low mountain in Kyoto.

This time of the year is the season of arrivals of late migrants and breeding of resident and early migrant birds.
The late migrants were detected mostly by voice only.
I could see, however, a number of breeding birds carrying food or fledglings.

On May 10, there was a mixed flock Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) and Japanese Grosbeaks (Eophona personata) but number of these individuals decreased rapidly on subsequent days.

On May 11, I could see a Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) first time in this season (voice was already heard earlier).

On May 13, there was a very friendly Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (male with a long tail), which sang and flew around and I enjoyed watching him for one and a half hour.

On May 14, I heard a Rufous Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus) at night (first time in this season).
After this, I heard Japanese Paradise Flycatchers almost on every day, but they were difficult to see.

On May 18, I saw a Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) carrying food.
Asian Stubtails (Urosphena squameiceps) became active again and I saw a fledgling.

On May 19, I saw a very young fledgling of Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus), which could not fly but climbed a tree by feet.
On this day, I heard rather strange calls similar to Narcissus Flycatcher. These calls were heard only on one day and the bird was probably a passing one. It resembled the voice of a likely Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia) recorded on May 2 and it may have been the same species.

On May 20, I saw a pair of Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) carrying food to nestlings.

It was rainy on May 21, but I observed under rain.
I heard a Lesser Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) early in the morning in rain (first recognition in this season).
Under very dark condition, I saw a bird popped up on a grass. I initially imagined a sparrow based on the slow movement and the large size, but I was surprised to find it a warbler with binoculars. I didn't prepare a camera due to the rain, but I saw the bird through the binoculars for several seconds.
Although the species identity was not resolved readily, I later found an article describing the ID tips for Grasshopper Warblers. The underparts of the bird was seen mainly and my impression agrees with the grey breast and buff underparts of the Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola), unlike the pale color of the Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes ochotensis).

The Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler usually passes here between May 20 and early June. I usually recognize migration of this species by voice, but this time the bird did not issue any voice.

On May 23, I saw a flying bird with calls.
The calls were lighter than the Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus) and lacked low-frequency component. By analysis of the sound, I concluded it to be an Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis).

On May 24, I recorded the first Kamchatka Leaf Warbler in this season. Like the bird on May 23, it issued calls during flight, but the voice was clearly different.
On this day, I saw an Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris). This species appears to be increasing in number and can be sometimes met in low mountains.

On May 26, I heard unfamiliar persistent voice. I couldn't find the bird, but the nature was revealed two days later. It was a female Blue-and-white Flycatcher carrying food probably to the nestlings. This family is different from the one observed on May 20.

On May 27, I heard a Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) rather unexpectedly. This bird approached a nest of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) and was expelled by the pair of these kites. I could see the event through dense leaves and could only see the kites.

Since May 29, I could hear song of the Kamchatka Leaf Warbler relatively frequently, but most of them were distant and difficult to recognize.
A different family of the Asian Stubtail was seen and these birds were very actively moving around with various calls and songs.

On June 1, I heard the voice of a Japanese Scops Owl (Otus semitorques) in twilight. I heard it again on the next day and it was likely that there was an important event in this family (chicks fledged?).

On June 3, I saw a fledgling of Blue-and-white Flycatcher (of yet another family). I heard begging calls of fledglings of this family on the following two days.

On June 4, it was a day of Japanese Paradise Flycatchers. I saw two birds flying and calling together while it was still dark. I heard voice at other places.
There may have been a small wave of migration and I heard a suspected voice of a Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha). The identification was uncertain since I heard it only once and the frequency was slightly higher than usual.

On June 6, I unexpectedly heard a Japanese Scops Owl at night and recorded the low voice more than 10 times within two hours.
This was a day of Kamchatka Leaf Warblers and I could hear song clearly in different places.
In one place while I was recording a Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, I noticed strange voice. I initially thought it to be undeveloped song of Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone) or Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) and rather dismissed it since I was concentrated in locating the moving Kamchatka Leaf Warbler. After examination of the recording, I found a characteristic phrase of Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis). It was lucky that the event was fully recorded by voice and I didn't miss this rare encounter (but only with voice).

サシバ, トビ, オオコノハズク, ジュウイチ, ホトトギス, キビタキ, マミジロキビタキ? オオルリ, サンコウチョウ, ヤイロチョウ? メジロ,
ヤブサメ, コムシクイ, オオムシクイ, エゾセンニュウ, コウライウグイス, キバシリ, シメ, イカル,
2019 May 26
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
葛西臨海公園(東京)



Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)

Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus),

; all photos by T.Miyamoto
This is a report by T.Miyamoto about birding at Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo.

There are not so many birds in this field in this season.
When I was about to go out for birding, I got an information that a Black-faced Spoonbill was seen at the "Artificial rock".
The bird was resting at the "Artificial rock" when I arrived at. It sometimes raised the face. After a while, it flew towards the "East beach".
When I was checking the other places, I was informed that the bird returned again. This time, the bird was taking a rest at the almost same place. Then it started to forage.

It was a long time ago when I watched a Black-faced Spoonbill foraging at the "Artificial rock" last time. It was eating a crab spending some time. Later, I confirmed that the bird ate the crab after removing the legs of the crab.
I could take a photo of the bird spreading wings. At first, I supposed that the bird was immature because I could not confirm the black pattern at the tip of the primary wing. However, there was a small black pattern when watching well. This bird might be the same individual which had been staying in this field.

After that, I heard that a Chinese Pond-Heron appeared.
It did not readily turn up, but it finally turned up near noon.
It is after a long absence at this field. My last record was August, 2013.

The birds reported are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor)

カルガモ, スズガモ, カイツブリ, クロツラヘラサギ, アカガシラサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ,
カワウ, バン, オオバン, コチドリ, キアシシギ, ウミネコ, ユリカモメ, キジバト, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2019 May 26
Kita-Fuji Military Base (Yamanashi)
北富士演習場(山梨)

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)

Eastern Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus subtelephonus)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)

Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis)

: all photos by H.Usui
This is a report by H.Usui about birding at Kita-Fuji Military Base (Kita-Fuji Enshujo).

This military base is usually opened for public on Sunday.

On the day I visited, the field was allowed to enter, I looked for Lantham's Snipe and cuckoos.

The Lantham's Snipe started to fly from around 5:30, and still flew even at 8:00.

The Eastern Common Cuckoos were singing in many places.

I saw Stejneger's Stonechats, Chestnut-eared Buntings, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and Chestnut-cheeked Starlings.
I heard many Black-browed Reed Warblers, but they did not come out from the reeds.

The birds reported are;
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Eastern Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus subtelephonus),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
etc.

オオジシギ, カッコウ, アカゲラ, コヨシキリ, コムクドリ, ノビタキ, ホオアカ, 他
2019 May 26
Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Nagano)
戸隠森林植物園(長野)

Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis)

White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri)
We visited Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Togakushi Shinrin Shokubutu-En), which is located at east of Mt. Togakushi, together with yong birder; S. Niwa.

We arrived at the garden at around 6:30 am. The forest of the garden was rather quiet compared with the visit on 2018 May 25.
At first, I thought that the time of singing was over and the birds were busy in raising chicks. However this assumption seemed to be beside the point.
We noticed that the number of species was less than the last visit in Spring. For example, we recorded 33 species this time and 40 on 2018 May 25. We could not see; Eastern Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus subtelephonus) and Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus), . Also numbers of the summer birds were also fewer.
According to a local staff of the visitor center, the snow in the field remained ten days late behind last year. These abnormal situation might have been provided by this effect.

Though, we thoroughly enjoyed the birding in the beautiful nature.

We got one surprise. An Asiatic black bear was hiding in the bush only around 10m from the place where we took a break. It appeared when we left the place and walked a little.

The birds we observed are;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus), Lessor Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit, (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris japonica),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

オシドリ カルガモ, カイツブリ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, ツツドリ, ホトトギス,
コゲラ, オオアカゲラ, アカゲラ, サンショウクイ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, コガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, クロツグミ, アカハラ, コルリ,
コサメビタキ, キビタキ, ニュウナイスズメ, セグロセキレイ, ウグイス, メジロ,
ミソサザイ, ゴジュウカラ, キバシリ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ノジコ, アオジ, クロジ
2019 May 24
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

Tama River with tall grass

Family of Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus)

Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus)
I visited Tama River (Tama-Gawa) in the Kawasaki area.
According to the weather forecast, it would become very hot like the summer in spite of May, so I visited the site early in the morning. The sky was very clear without a piece of cloud as the weather forecast told.

The grasses on the river bed grew tall and had covered the ground. I heard Oriental Reed Warbler, Green Pheasant (kigis), and Bull-headed Shrike which were whispering in the bush.

Zitting Cisticola and Japanese Skylark were singing in the sky.

Many White-cheeked Starlings and Eurasian Tree Sparrows were very busy flying between the river bed and the housing area beside the river, carrying food for the chicks waiting at their nests.

In the river, there was no ducks other than Eastern Spot-billed Ducks. I found a family of Eastern Spot-billed Duck.
There were a few Great Egrets, Little Egrets and Frey Herons were in the river or on the weir.

There was no Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis) this time. They might have found the other place for their nest because there was no proper sand bar after the big typhoons in the last autumn.

On the play ground where the grass was just mowed, White-cheeked Starlings and a Western Little Ringed Plover were foraging.
There were a few more Western Little Ringed Plovers on the river bed and the other play ground.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

キジ, カルガモ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ,
コチドリ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ,
ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2019 May 19
Hachioji Castle Ruins (Hachioji, Tokyo)
八王子城跡(東京)

Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)
We visited the ruins of Hachioji Castle. Hachioji Castle was a yamashiro, or mountain-castle, which is located near Mt. Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo.

The weather was sunny, but it was cool inside the forest.
In the forest, we heard and saw the summer birds such as Narcissus Flycatchers, Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatchers, and Black Paradise-Flycatchers.
The Black Paradise-Flycatchers nest in this field every summer.

The birds observed are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis) Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana), Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

トビ, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, サンコウチョウ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ,
エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ, イカル
2019 May 14-16
Three-day Trip for Hegura Island (Ishikawa)
舳倉島3日間旅行(石川)

"Nozomi, Ship to Hegura Island

Hegura Island

Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis) at Hegura Island

Common Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus fuscatus) at Hegura Island

Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis) at Wajima Port
Hegura Island (Hegura-Jima) in the migratory seasons is the heaven of birders. In spring and autumn, this island is filled with migratory birds.
One concern is the access to the island. Only ship is the means of transportation to the island.
The public ship named "Megumi" is regularly in operation, but because of its size as 98 tons, it does not operate in the conditions either of more than 2m wave or more than 10 m/s wing. Therefore, the possibility of cancellation is very high.
On the other hand, if the weather is good and the ship operates, migratory birds pass through without stopping over the island.
The birding trip in Hegura Island is a big challenge, because the good weather allows us to visit the island with less birds and the bad weather refuse us to visit the island with a huge number of migrating birds.

On the first day, we departed Osaka Station in the evening by super express train, drove a rent-a-car and arrived at a hotel near Wajima Port in the late night.

The weather on the second day was sunny without wind, and the sea was very calm. The ship departed on the schedule.
Before getting on the ship, we walked arround Wajima Port and observed many Black Kites, Black-tailed Gulls and Barn Swallows and some Great Cormorants. We searched for other gulls, cormorants and swallows, but we did not see during our obseration.
We found a Pochard, winter bird, in the river mouth. It might have some problem making it stay.
There were Japanese Wagtails, too.
On the ship towards the island, we looked for seabirds, but we only observed a few number of Streaked Shearwaters and a flock of Red-necked Phalarope.
Seven Isles (Nanatsu-jima) on the way to Hegura is., there were big breeding colonies of Black-tailed Gulls.
At the Hegura Port, there were small number of Black-tailed Gulls.
We started about four-hour birding until the ship departure from the island. At first we walked the center road from the light house to "Okitsuhime Shrine" at the south of the island. There were many leaf warblers (Eastern Crowned, Kamchatka or Pacific, Sakhalin, Yellow-browed), flycatchers (Narcissus, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Dark-sided), Honshu White-eyes, Masked Buntings, and Japanese Bush Warblers here and there.
The dominant species of the leaf warblers were Eastern Crowned Warbler and Kamchatka or Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler.
At the small water place, we saw a Grey Bunting and a Siberian Blue Robin.
We saw a Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat beside the road.
Around "Okitsuhime Shrine", there were some Eyebrowed Thrushes moving in the trees.
On the coast, we looked for shorebirds, egrets, but we saw only a few Black-backed Wagtails.
The other birds observed were; Japanese Cormorant, White-bellied Green-Pigeon, Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo, Oriental Reed Warbler, Red-bellied Rock Thrush, Eastern Peregrine Falcon, Grey-capped Greenfinch, Japanese Hawfinch, Japanese Grosbeak, etc..
On the ship returning to Wajima Port, the number of seabirds increased. We saw a few big flocks of Streaked Shearwaters.
We walked on the path to Ryugasaki Light House and Horai-yama Park located next to the port. There were Red-bellied Rock Thrushes, Narcissus Flycatcheres, Japanese Grosbeak, and many swallows. Among the swallows, there were some Red-rumped Swallows. Near the hotel, we saw Asian House Martins flying together and collecting mud as the nest material.
At the river mouth, We found a Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra). This bird might have some problem, too.

The weather of the third day was also nice and the ship operated on schedule. We decided to visit Hegura Island again.
Around the Wajima Port, we saw a Japanese Cormorant resting on the rock with Great Cormorants and Black-tailed Gulls.
At Hegura Island, it seemed that many new birds were visiting. We saw a Northern Hobby staying still on a pine tree, and a Siberian Thrush and a Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat foraging beside the central road.
There was a report of Black-naped Oriole, but it did not appear during our observation.
We glanced a few Japanese Wood-Pigeons in the forest, but it was very shy and it was difficult to watch well.
At the grass land at the front of "Tsukasa Inn", there were leaf warblrers and Common Dusky Warblers.
In "Ryujin Pond", there were some ducks (Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon), an Eurasian Moorhen, and a shorebird looked like a Wood Sandpiper at the far distance. On the coast, an Olive-backed Pipit and a Red-throated Pipit were confirmed by the other birders.
At the water place, it was reported that a Tristram's Bunting appeared. We waited the birds until the time of the ship departure, but it did not appeared. Instead, a Brambling appeared.

On the ship returning to Wajima Port, we saw the flocks of Red-necked Phalaropes, and a Japanese Murrelet flying at the distance.
We drove to Kanazawa by the car and returned by the Super Express train from Kanazawa.

The birds observed are;
- at Wajima Port
Taiwan Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus sonorivox),
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),

- on the boat between Wajima Port and Hegura Is. & in Hegura Island (* recorded by other birders)
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Garganey (Anas querquedula),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
*Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)? *Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
*Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus micropterus), Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
*Oriental Scope-Owl (Otus sunia japonicus),
*Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis diffusus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Sky-Lark (Alauda japonica pekinensis)?
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Common Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus fuscatus), Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus) or Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas),
, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)?
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis), Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica sibirica), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
*Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni), *Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus cervinus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
*Tristram's Bunting (Emberiza tristrami), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

コジュケイ, マガン, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, シマアジ, ホシハジロ, オオミズナギドリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, チゴハヤブサ, ハヤブサ, ハチクマ, トビ, *サシバ,
バン, タカブシギ? *イソシギ, アカエリヒレアシシギ, ウミネコ, カンムリウミスズメ,
カワラバト, カラスバト, キジバト, アオバト, *セグロカッコウ, ツツドリ, *コノハズク, *コウライウグイス,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, コシアカツバメ, オオヒバリ?
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, ムジセッカ, キマユムシクイ, メボソムシクイ上種, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ,
メジロ, ムクドリ, マミジロ, マミチャジナイ, シロハラ? ノゴマ, コルリ, イソヒヨドリ, サメビタキ, コサメビタキ,
キビタキ, ムギマキ, スズメ , ツメナガセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ, ムネアカタヒバリ,
アトリ, カワラヒワ, シメ, イカル, *シロハラホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ
2019 May 13
One-day Trip around Kansai area (Hyogo & Osaka Prefectures)
関西方面日帰り(神戸&大阪)

Kobe Municipal Arboretum

Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata) in Osaka Castle Park

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus) in Osaka Castle Park
We visited Mt. Rokko in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture and Osaka Castle Park (Osaka-jo-Koen) in Osaka Prefecture.
In the morning, we visited Mt. Rokko.
We started to walk from Suzurandai Station of Kobe Electric railway, walked alogn Dou River (Dou-gawa) and reached Kobe Municipal Arboretum (or Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden).
On the way, we heard Narcissus Flycatchers, tits (Japanese, Varied), Japanese Bush Warblers, Eastern Crowned Warblers, an Asian Stubtail. and a Japanese Thrush.

Kobe Municipal Arboretum is very large Botanical Garden of total area 142.6ha, and located in Rokko Mountains. In garden, there are a product forest ward of North America, a product forest ward of Europe, a product forest ward of Asia, and a product forest ward (Northern Japan Zone, Evergreen Forest Zone, Japan Coniferous Forest Zone) of Japan.
We walked around the park looking for birds in the forests. We heard and saw such as; Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher, woodpecker (Japanese Pygmy, Japanese), Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo, Meadow Bunting, Japanese Grosbeak, Grey Wagtail, Japanese Buzzard, etc..

In the afternoon, we moved to Osaka Castle Park.
We walked from Morinomiya Station.
In "Citizen's Forest", there were several photographers looking for Black Paradise-Flycatcher. Fortunately, we found a male soon.
In "East Outer Moat", no water bird was found.
At the slope nearby "Plum Grove", many photographers were taking photos of a female Black Paradise-Flycatcher. We saw a flock of Long-tailed Tit there.
We checked whether there were any flycatchers or leaf-warblers at the back area of "Hokoku Shrine", but we did not see. Instead, we saw a family of duck; considered as the hybrid of Eastern Spot-billed Duck and Mallard, at "South Outer Moat".
We walked around "Main Tower of Osaka Castle", but there were no birds special.

The list of the birds observed were;
- Mt. Rokko;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps), Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- Osaka Castle Park (* recorded by other birders);
Hybrid, Eastern Spot-billed Duck x Mallard (Anas [platyrhynchos x zonorhyncha]),
*Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
*White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
*Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas), *Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
*Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica sibirica), *Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
*Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

(*他のバーダーの観察種を示す)
カルガモxマガモ(雑種), *カワウ, トビ, ノスリ, カワラバト, キジバト, *アオバト, ツツドリ, コゲラ, アオゲラ,
サンコウチョウ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ,
ヤブサメ, ウグイス, *メボソムシクイ, *エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, メジロ, ムクドリ, クロツグミ,
*サメビタキ, *コサメビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ, キセキレイ, イカル, ホオジロ
2019 May 12-16
Tobi-shima Island (Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture)
飛島(山形)





Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)

Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis)

Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni)

Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus)

; all photos by T.Miyamoto
This is a report by T.Miyamoto about birding at Tobishima Island (Tobi-Shima) in Yamagata Prefecture.

- First Day:
At first, the wind was not blowing so strong, but the weather forecast was telling that the wind would be getting stronger. I was worried about the cancellation of the ship, but the ship departed at 9 o'clock on time. But the ship was rolled by the wind.
I felt sick a little. However, I managed to overcome the trip over 1 hours, and arrived in Tobishima.

After getting the latest information from a birder staying from one week ago and the master of the inn, we started birding.

There were people gethering in the beach. They were looking for a Brown Shrike.
A Black-throated Thrush, a rare species, had been recorded from a few days ago. We went straight to the farm field at the central road. The Black-throated Thrush was moving back and forth between the road and the gutter of the road and foraging. It is exciting to see a lifer, and I enjoyed this excitement for a long time.

After observing the Black-throated Thrush for a while, we moved to the other farm fields on the central road one by one, but we couldn't find any special species except for an Ashy Minivet.

The heliport was just mowed.
I was able to observe Chestnut-eared Buntings and Yellow-browed Buntings in a short cut meadow well.
There was an Asian Brown Flycatcher, too.

Then we went to the school playground.
I heard there was a Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus tristis) until the day before, but we couldn't see it.
There were a Daurian Redstart, a Yellow-headed Bunting and a Meadow Bunting.
I felt there were fewer birds than usual.
It seemed that there was no Radde's Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi) which had been recorded until the day before.

- Second Day:
We started birding at 5 am.
There were almost no birds in the school ground.
In forest "Kyoboku-no-mori", there were an Olive-backed Pipit only.
Near the sightseeing tower, there were a Daurian Redstart and Pacific Swifts.

Then we moved to the heliport.
There were a beautiful Eyebrowed Thrush, Little Bunting, and Yellow-browed Buntings in the meadow.

After the breakfast, we started from the farm field where we saw Black-throated Thrush. There was not the bird. It seemed that the bird had gone.

Then we walked looking at the farm fields, but we did not see birds.

We moved to Yotsuya Dam.
There were Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed Duck and Asian Brown Flycatcher.

The next destination was "Omonoimi Shrine".
This is my favorite point I visited frequently on the last year. We had ever heard the call of Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis diffusus) at this point.
We spent there taking lunch.
There were Narcissus Flycatcher and Ashy Minivet around the dam at the innermost part.
We saw a Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat in the front area of the dam.
There were Varied Tit and Chestnut-cheeked Starling, too.
At the entrance, there were Western Black-faced Bunting, Tristram's Bunting and Olive-backed Pipit.

We walked towards the farm fields in Hoki area.
We expected to see a female of Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia) which was recorded by the other birder, but I heard that the bird had not been appeared in the day.
We waited for Ashy Minivet, but it did not appear. The time might not be good for birding. When we returned at the entrnce of the farm field of Hoki, the master of inn was observing a Siberian Blue Robin. It seems that Siberian Blue Robin appears at this point as well as Heike-mori and Genji-mori.

At the heliport, the Eyebrowed Thrush that we saw in the morning.
There were Meadow Bunting, Little Bunting, and Yellow-browed Bunting, too.

- Third Day:
In this morning, we alsp started from the forest via the school ground.
As soon as entering the forest, there was a female Siberian Blue Robin. The bird seemed that it had just arrived the island, and was very tired.
There were many leaf warblers in the morning. The dominant species was Eastern Crowned Warbler, and we heard Sakhalin Leaf Warblers as well.

After walking for a while, we heard Northern Hawk-Cuckoo nearby. We looked for it hard, but we couldn't find it.
We walked ahead from the sightseeing tower, a pretty adult male Mugimaki Flycatcher was perching on a tree.

In the afternoon, we visited the forest, and we saw many Eastern Crowned Warblers again.
We heard calls of Northern Hawk-Cuckoo, too.
We stayed there for a while. We saw a Northern Hawk-Cuckoo flying. Three Northern Hawk-Cuckoos might be there. One of the cuckoo called like Brown-eared Bulbul.

We headed to the entrance of the farm fields of Hoki. There was a male Siberian Blue Robin.

Then we moved to Yontani Dam.
On the way to the dam, many Eastern Crowned Warblers were flying.
At the opposite side of the dam, there was a beautiful male Black Paradise-Flycatcher flying.

There is a walking path from the dam to Arasaki Shore where looks good for birding. We can expect to see Siberian Thrush in morning or evening.
We went on the path, we saw a Siberian Blue Robin.

We walked the central road towards south and checked the farm fields.
Then we visited Omonoimi Shrine.
On the way return from the shrine, we saw a black bird jumped from the path into the bush. We waited for a while, and saw a female Siberian Thrush.

At the heliport, two Eyebrowed Thrushes were stopping next to each other on a tree.

Then we moved to the forest and saw Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher and Mugimaki Flycatcher.

We returned back to the heliport.
On the grass, Little Bunting, Meadow Bunting, and Western Black-faced Bunting were foraging.

On the slope towards the school ground, there was a juvenile male Narcissus Flycatcher.

- Forth Day:
In the morning, we visited the forest.
The number of birds became fewer.
The number of Eastern Crowned Warbler also decreased.
It seemed that the birds had gone from the island.

We went to Yotsuya Dam and visited the walking path from the dam, but there was no bird.

We walked the central road towards south.
We saw Ashy Minivet on a farm field only.

The result in the morning was poor.

After the breakfast, we visited the forest again.
There was an adult Mugimaki Flycatcher.

In the sky above the heliport, Pacific Swifts were flying.

At Omonoimi Shrine, there was a female Siberian Blue Robin.

We walked on the central road under strong sun shine like summer.
After taking lunch, I had taken a nap.

We returned back the forest.
There were the Mugimaki Flycatcher still. We saw Eyebrowed Thrush, Japanese Hawfinch, Narcissus Flycatcher, and Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher, too.

We got less result this day.

- Fifth Day:
The weather was fine, too.
We visited the forest, and saw an Eyebrowed Thrush at first.
We moved further and saw Siberian Thrushes.

There was no bird at the heliport.

At Yotsuya Dam, we saw Siberian Thrushes at the entrance and on the path.
This was the fourth encounter with this bird in the morning. We heard the calls here and there, too.
On the walking path from the dam, we met the Siberian Blue Robin at the same point as the previous day.

After the breakfast, we started from the forest.
The number of Eastern Crowned Warbler increased.
There were Asian Brown Flycatcher and Olive-backed Pipit.
Pacific Swifts were flying.

We moved to the heliport.
As soon as arrived, we heard a Northern Hawk-Cuckoo nearby but we could not see.

Then, we went arround the central road, Omonoimi Shrine, and Yotsuya Dam.
We saw the Siberian Blue Robin again at the walking path from the dam.

In the meantime, the departure time came close and we headed to the port.

The main result of this trip is "Black-throated Thrush". It was a happy birding since we watched Siberian Thrush, Siberian Blue Robin and Mugimaki Flycatcher several times, too.

List of species, including the birds found from the ferryboat to Sakata port (* observed by the other birders);

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Northern Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus), Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
*Oriental Dollarbird/Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis calonyx),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus cristatus),
Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
*Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
*Common Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus fuscatus), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis), *Rufous-tailed Robin (Larvivora sibilans),
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
*Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
*Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Tristram's Bunting (Emberiza tristrami), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla), Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys), Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)

(*他の観察者による報告)
マガモ, カルガモ, オオミズナギドリ, ウミウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, ハイタカ, ウミネコ, オオセグロカモメ, カラスバト, キジバト,
ジュウイチ, ツツドリ, アオバズク, アマツバメ, *ブッポウソウ, サンショウクイ, カラアカモズ, サンコウチョウ,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, *ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ショウドウツバメ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, *ムジセッカ, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, メジロ, コムクドリ, ムクドリ,
マミジロ, クロツグミ, マミチャジナイ, シロハラ, アカハラ, ノドグロツグミ, コルリ, *シマゴマ, ノゴマ, ジョウビタキ, *アカマシコ,
イソヒヨドリ, コサメビタキ, *マミジロキビタキ, キビタキ, ムギマキ, オオルリ, スズメ, ビンズイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ,
シメ, イカル, ホオジロ, シロハラホオジロ, ホオアカ, コホオアカ, キマユホオジロ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ, シベリアアオジ
2019 May 12
Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Nagano Prefecture)
長野市戸隠森林植物園(長野)

Kagami-Ike Pond

Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

A pair of Brown Flycatchers (Muscicapa dauurica) guarding their nest

Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

White-rumped Swift (Apus pacificus)

Two male Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina) fighting

Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera)

Brown Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus)

; all photos by T.Endo
This is a report by T.Endo about birding at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Togakushi Shinrin Shokubutu-En) in Nagano Prefecture.

I attended bird watching event held by Nagano branch of Wild Bird Society of Japan.

We started walking from a parking lot near Kagami-ike Pond, hearing songs of Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane) and Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus).
At this season, we could easily spot shy birds through trees that have not extended foliage yet. Most of birds were very shy but some were not.
We could observe two males of Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) fighting. They were too enthusiastic for fighting to notice observers even very close to them.
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) was another brave bird which song in front of us.
We enjoyed walking through woodland to Midoriga-Ike Pond, for about 3 hours.
Unfortunately, we could not find Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) and White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), this day.

List of species:
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Northern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
White-rumped Swift (Apus pacificus),
Black Kite (Milvus Migrans),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Willow Tit (Parus montanus), Coal Tit (Parus ater), Varied Tit (Parus varius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
European Nuthatch (Sitta europaea),
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris),
Japanese Grey Thrush (Turdus cardis), Brown Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus),
Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Cinnamon Sparrow (Passer rutilans),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Japanese Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis)

オシドリ, カルガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, キジバト,アマツバメ,トビ,アオゲラ,アカゲラ,コゲラ,
サンショウクイ,ハシブトガラス,コガラ,ヒガラ,ヤマガラ,シジュウカラ,ヒヨドリ,ウグイス,
エナガ,センダイムシクイ,ミソサザイ,ゴジュウカラ,キバシリ,クロツグミ,アカハラ,コルリ,
キビタキ,コサメビタキ,ニュウナイスズメ,ノジコ,アオジ,クロジ
2019 May 11
One-day trip in Yokohama area (Zushi City, Kanagawa)
横浜近郊日帰り(神奈川)

Forested valley of Futagoyama
We visited the forest road along Moroto River (Morito-gawa) at Futagoyama in Zushi City in Kanagawa Prefecture.
This field is a forested valley along a small stream of Morito-gawa.
This forest is mixed with deciduous broad-leaved trees and conifers such as cedar trees.
We were able to hear the songs of various kinds of birds, but it was difficult to find them because they were obstructed by the widely spread new leaves of broad-leaved trees. Particularly, it was difficult to see the singing Blue-and-white Flycatcher at the top of tree and the Japanese Paradise Flycatcher flying among dense cedar trees.

The birds we observed are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

コジュケイ, カルガモ, トビ, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, サンコウチョウ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, センダイムシクイ, ガビチョウ, メジロ,
キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ
2019 May 09-12
Sarobetsu Plain, Rishiri Island & Lake Shumarinai (Hokkaido)
サロベツ原野,利尻島,朱鞠内湖(北海道)

Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Common Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius martius)

Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige)

Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana)

Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)a

Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

: all photos by S.Waki
This is a report by S.Waki about birding at Sarobetsu Plain (Sarobetsu Gen-ya), Rishiri Island (Rishiri-To) and Lake Shumarinai (Shumarinai-Ko) in Hokkaido.

Sarobetsu Plain and Rishiri Island are located in the Rishri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, the northernmost national park in Japan. This area is comprised of three areas; isolated peak Rishiri Island on the ocean, Rebun Island with endemic plants, and the magnificent Sarobetsu wetland extending at the mouth of Sarobetsu River.

We visited Sarobetsu Plain from May 9 to 10, Rishiri Island from 10 to 11, and Lake Shumarinai on June 12. It was hard to bird in the rainy and cold weather. Though the temperature did not rise, we saw many species, such as Common Black Woodpecker, Grey-faced Woodpecker and Green-headed Wagtail.

We were troubled by the rain in Sarobetsu Plain, and I could take the pictures of a Stejneger's Stonechat only.

I saw a White-tailed Eagle from the bus.

In Rishiri Island, I was shaken by rain and cold. We were led to a Common Black Woodpecker's nest by a local guide. It was required to wait totally more than five hours in two days until to see the birds, because the male and female did not take over for a long time.
On the other hand, we could see the migratory birds probably thanks to such the bad weather.

We stayed at Lake Shumarinai for around four hours only, I was surprised of the numbers of birds. We might visit at the best timing there.

The birds reported are;
- at Sarobetsu Plain;
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at Rishiri Island;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus),
Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica),
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Pacific Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla pollicaris),
Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo), Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus),
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Common Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius martius),
Brandt's Jay (Garrulus glandarius brandtii),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige), Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

- at Shumarinai Lake;
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus jessoensis),
Brandt's Jay (Garrulus glandarius brandtii), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis), Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

マガン, オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, シノリガモ, シロエリオオハム,
ハシボソミズナギドリ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, オジロワシ, チュウヒ, ノスリ,
オオジシギ, タカブシギ, キアシシギ, イソシギ, ウミネコ, シロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ミツユビカモメ, ケイマフリ,
ウミスズメ, ウトウ, キジバト, ツツドリ, カワセミ, エゾコゲラ, エゾアカゲラ, クマゲラ, ヤマゲラ,
ミヤマカケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ハシブトガラ, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, シマエナガ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
ヤブサメ, ウグイス, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, ミソサザイ, シロハラゴジュウカラ, クロツグミ, マミチャジナイ, アカハラ, ツグミ,
コマドリ, ノゴマ, コルリ, ルリビタキ, ノビタキ, マミジロキビタキ, キビタキ, ニュウナイスズメ, スズメ,
ツメナガセキレイ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, イカル, コホオアカ, カシラダカ, アオジ, クロジ
2019 May 09
Tokyo Bay, Shin-Urayasu area & Sanbanze Seaside Park (Chiba)
東京湾・新浦安&三番瀬(千葉)

Wandering Tattler (Heteroscelus incanus)

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres interpres) & Siberian Dunlins (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) & Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis) at Sanbanze
We visited Shin-Urayasu area and Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) in Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture.

Every year, Wandering Tattlers stops over at Shin-Urayasu area on its migration. This bird was confirmed a few days ago this year.
When we visited, the bird is at the Hinode Coast. It stayed on a tetrapod nearby. There was a Grey-tailed Tattler, too. We could compare two species closely very well.
There were flocks of Ruddy Turnstone as well. In a flock, there were two Siberian Dunlins.

In the afternoon, we moved to Sanbanze Seaside Park.
When we arrived, the vast tideland was spreading, and the shorebirds were at shorefronts, far away. We somehow observed Siberian Dunlins, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plovers and Little Terns, using the spotting scope.

The birds observed are;
- at Shin-Urayasu area:
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Wandering Tattler (Heteroscelus incanus),
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Sanbanze Seaside Park:
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola),
Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

スズガモ, ダイサギ, カワウ, ダイゼン, オオソリハシシギ, キアシシギ, メリケンキアシシギ,
キョウジョシギ, ミユビシギ, ハマシギ, コアジサシ, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ,
ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ
2019 April 23 - May 09
Low mountain in Kyoto City (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都市低山(京都)

White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii)



Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

Red-rumped Swallows (Cecropis daurica)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)

Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at a low mountain in Kyoto.

My birding in this season is mostly "voice only".

On Apr. 24, I saw a female Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) bringing nesting materials. The male bird accompanied the female, but as far as I know, the male does not take part in nest building and the behavior seemed to guard the female from other males.

In this year, Siberian Blue Robins (Larvivora cyane) were particularly rich and I could hear its clear voice almost every day between Apr. 25 and May 04. On Apr. 25 and 26, I heard multiple Siberian Blue Robins.

On Apr. 26, after hearing its characteristic voice, a White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii) perched on the top of a tree. Another bird (these birds were probably a pair) came to the same tree and flew away together.

On Apr. 28, I saw a female Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) collecting nesting materials. The bird collected moss while hovering (or behavior somewhat like hawking at berries). The male didn't sing during this period and it was probably busy guarding the female as in the Narcissus Flycatcher.

On Apr. 29, I saw another female Blue-and-white Flycatcher collecting nesting materials, but the bird ate them upon encounter with me. The bird was probably frightened and confused.

During the Japanese "Golden Week", there were two rainy days in the early half. After that, there was a major wave of migration.

On May 02, I met a bird with unfamiliar call (or call-song), and I glimpsed the bird when it came to a power line. The underparts were very yellow and the color extended lower than in ordinary Narcissus Flycatchers. Based on the call-song and visual impression, I consider it a Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia). The bird was present on the next day, but I recognized it only by voice.
At the same place, I also heard the song and call of a Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata). I glimpsed the bird, but a video was not focused.

On May 03, I heard and saw a Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka) flying in the twilight sky. It was first time for me to encounter this bird so closely here.
I heard the call of a Japanese Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata), but it didn't stay.

On May 04, I heard the characteristic song of a Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki). This bird is notoriously difficult to find while singing, and I saw the possibly same bird (first-year male?) on the next day.

On May 05, I heard the first Japanese Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas). This warbler is more frequently met in urban parks such as Osaka Castle Park, but is rather rare here. It may be difficult to notice since the song volume is rather small and they often sing on high trees.

On May 08, I distantly heard Japanese Night Heron (Gorsachius goisagi) in twilight.

On May 09, I heard the first voice of Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica).
A new Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis) arrived and sang actively.

オオルリ, キビタキ, マミジロキビタキ, ムギマキ, コルリ, アオバト, メボソムシクイ, センダイムシクイ,
サンコウチョウ, ヨタカ, アオバズク, コシアカツバメ, ミゾゴイ, クロツグミ, ノジコ
2019 May 06-10
Tobi-shima Island (Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture)
飛島(山形)

Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)

Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

Tristram's Bunting (Emberiza tristrami)

Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus tristis)

Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica)

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops saturata)

; all photos by T.Kawase
This is a report by T.Kawase about birding at Tobishima Island (Tobi-Shima) in Yamagata Prefecture.

Our stay at the island was extended one day due to the cancellation of operation of the ship by the rough weather. However, thanks to the extension, we could see a lot of birds.
Particularly, many Yellow-browed Bunings were seen in many places in the island during this trip.

List of species, including the birds found from the ferryboat to Sakata port;

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius),
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops saturata),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus tristis),
Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus),
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis), Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea),
Tristram's Bunting (Emberiza tristrami), Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla),
Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys), Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

ハイイロヒレアシシギ, ヤツガシラ, サンショウクイ, ヒレンジャク, シベリアチフチャフ,
カラアカハラ, マミチャジナイ, ノゴマ, コルリ, ノビタキ, マミジロキビタキ, キビタキ, オオルリ,
ニュウナイスズメ, アカウソ, シロハラホオジロ, コホオアカ, キマユホオジロ, ノジコ
2019 May 06-07
Higashiyoka-higata Tidal Mudflat (Saga)
東与賀干潟(佐賀)

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) & Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi)

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) at left & Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) at right

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)

Flock of shorebirds (Siberian Dunlin, etc.)

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

; all photo by A.Minowa
This is a report by A.Minowa about birding at Higashiyoka-higata Tidal Mudflat in Saga Prefecture.

At the end of the Golden Week, Iut visited Higashiyoka-higata Tidal Mudflat (Daiju-garami) to see shorebirds in the summer plumage.
When I visited in winter, I was impressed by the number of overwhelming birds, additionally this time, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of their summer plumages which are difficult to watch in Japan.

- Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) & Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi):
Great Knot and Red Knot were facing each other.
In winter, it is difficult to identify the difference between these two species, but the colours in summe are quite different (Red Knot is much more redish).

- Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), male:
* There were two Ruffs in reddish and in blacky nearby.
It is said that the colour differs for each individual.
The summer form is totally different from the winter form. The scarf becomes much bigger in the complete summer form, but in Japan, it is even not easy to watch the scarf in the transforming which I saw this time.

- Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea):
* I watched a Spoon-billed Sandpiper at the far distance using a spotting scope.
When I watched the side of the bird and could not confirm the spoon bill, it was not possible to identify it. However, when I watched from the back of the bird, I could watch its spoon in between the legs.

In the tidal flat, I watched some more species such as;
- Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
- Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola),
- Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri),
- Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis),
- Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
* A huge number of Siberian Dunlins and the other shorebirds formed a big flock and flew together.
- Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
- Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis),
- Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus variegatus),
-Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
- Saunder's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi),
- Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
- Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna),
* A flock over ten Common Shelducks were floating in the sea at the far distance and sometimes flew.
- Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor).
* There was an adult Black-faced Spoonbill in the summer form with yellow feathers at the breast and the crest.

At the rice field around the tidal flat, there were;
- Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta),
- Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
and - Little Stint (Calidris minuta).
* The throat of the Little Stint in the summer form is white and it is different from the Red-necked Stint.

オバシギ, コオバシギ, エリマキシギ, ヘラシギ, トウネン, ダイゼン,
オオソリハシシギ, ホウロクシギ, ハマシギ, ダイシャクシギ, チュウシャクシギ,
メダイチドリ, シロチドリ, ズグロカモメ, ミサゴ, その他
2019 May 04-07
Mishima Island (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
見島(山口)

Eastern Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea manilensis)
; photo by T.Miyamoto

Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba)

Chinese Grosbeak/Yellow-billed Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria migratoria)
: photo by K.Inoue

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)
; photo by T.Miyamoto

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)
: photo by K.Inoue

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)
: photo by K.Inoue

Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)
; photo by T.Miyamoto

East Siberian Wagtail (Motacilla ocularis)
: photo by K.Inoue

Amur Wagtail (Motacilla leucopsis)
: photo by K.Inoue

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)
: photo by K.Inoue

Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni)
: photo by T.Miyamoto

Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)
: photo by K.Inoue

kettle of Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Manchurian Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis macronyx)
: photo by K.Inoue

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis)
: photo by K.Inoue

Mishima Island
Mishima Island (Mi-Shima) is an island in the Hagi Archipelago lies in the Japan sea, located 45km to the north, 70 minutes by boat from Hagi Harbor.
This is a basalt plateau volcano island with a variety of habitats for birds such as a 180m high mountain, eroded coasts, and plains with paddy fields.
Especially in spring (end of April to May), this island is full of many migratory birds traveling in Japan Sea.

We visited this island for 4 days.
On the first day, the weather was quite fine. It was not good condition for the migratory birds watching, because the best condition is the rough weather which forces birds to stopped over at this island.
According to the resident, there were a lot of birds until May 03; but had decreased drastically.
However in such bad condition, we saw egrets (Eurasian Great, Grey, Eastern Cattle, Eastern Purple), shorebirds (Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper), buntings (Masked, Western Black-faced), Dusky Thrushes, Chinese Grosbeak/Yellow-billed Grosbeaks, Middendorff's Warbler and Japanese White-eyes.
We saw many Ospreys carrying fishes and Japanese Wood-Pigeons flying in the mountain. They are residents in the island. It was difficult to see Japanese Wood-Pigeons before, but it became easier thanks to the increment of the population.

On the second day morning, we saw remaining buntings (Little, Yellow-browed, Yellow, Masked, Western Black-faced) and Chestnut-cheeked Starlingin a resting rice field.
In the afternoon, the numbers of leaf warblers (Eastern Crowned, Pacific, Sakhalin, Yellow-browed) and flycatchers (Asian Brown, Narcissus, Mugimaki) were increased. They were busily catching flies in the forests and by the farm ponds.
At the beach, a flock of East Siberian Wagtail arrived newly. An Amur Wagtail was seen at the river, too.
In the evening, we saw a Siberian Thrush walking on a dark road at Otoge Pass.

In the third day morning, we saw an Upland Buzzard flying above the mountain. Then suddenly, a few hundreds of Siberian Honey-buzzards appeared and were passing above us. They made kettles here and there and flew away. It was only about one hour but was very moving.
There were many leaf warblers as same as the day before.

On the fourth day, we hoped that newly many migratory birds had stopped over at the island after a cold front passed on the previous night, but unfortunately the expectation was disappointed. The members were almost same as the day before, but the numbers decreased. The new birds were a Brown Shrike (L.c.lucionensis) and a Grey-tailed Tattler.

On the boat to Hagi Port, there were only a few Streaked Shearwaters and Black-tailed Gulls.

The birds observed are;
(*observed by other birders)
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Eastern Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea manilensis), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica),
*Oriental Dollarbird/Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis calonyx),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis),
*Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
*Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
*Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica saturata), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Middendorff's Warbler (Locustella ochotensi)?
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus), Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus orii), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
*Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)?
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
Manchurian Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis macronyx), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Amur Wagtail (Motacilla leucopsis), East Siberian Wagtail (Motacilla ocularis),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni), *Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus cervinus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Chinese Grosbeak/Yellow-billed Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria migratoria),
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla), Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys), *Chestnut Bunting (Emberiza rutila),
Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)

カルガモ, オオミズナギドリ, カイツブリ, アマサギ, アオサギ, ムラサキサギ, ダイサギ, チュウサギ,
ウミウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, サシバ, オオノスリ, アオアシシギ, タカブシギ, キアシシギ, イソシギ,
ウミネコ, カワラバト, カラスバト, キジバト, ツツドリ, アオバズク, *ブッポウソウ, サンショウクイ,
シマアカモズ, *サンコウチョウ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒガラ, *ショウドウツバメ, ツバメ, *アカハラツバメ,
イワツバメ, コシアカツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, シマセンニュウ, オオヨシキリ,
キマユムシクイ, メボソムシクイ, エゾムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, メジロ, コムクドリ, ムクドリ, マミジロ, シロハラ, オオアカハラ, ツグミ,
*ノゴマ, コルリ, ジョウビタキ, イナバヒタキ? イソヒヨドリ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, ムギマキ,
キタツメナガセキレイ, キセキレイ, ホオジロハクセキレイ, タイワンハクセキレイ, ビンズイ, *ムネアカタヒバリ,
アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, コイカル, コホオアカ, キマユホオジロ, *シマノジコ, ノジコ, アオジ, シベリアアオジ
2019 May 02
Around Watarase Retarding Basin (Gunma,Tochigi,Ibaraki)
渡良瀬遊水地周辺(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Ural Owl (Strix uralensis momiyamae)

Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)

Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)

Forest with fresh green in Watarase Retarding Basin
We visited Nogi Shrine and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).
Nogi Shrine is located just south of Watarase Retarding Basin. In this shrine, Ural Owls nest every year.
We saw the Ural Owl sitting on a branch near the nest. The chits will go out from the nest very soon.

In the forest of Watarase Retarding Basin, we looked for some summer birds on the way of migration. We heard a Narcissus Flycatcher.

There was one Oriental Stork on the artificial nest tower setting in the reed field. It seemed that it was waiting for a partner.

In the pond, there were some Northern Shovelers and Eurasian Teal/Common Teals which might be still remaining or under migration.

In the reed field of Watarase Retarding Basin, many Meadow Buntings and Oriental Reed Warblers were singing loudly here and there.

We saw some Marsh Grassbirds.
This bird is locally distributed in very limited sites in Japan only. It is designated as an endangered species and one of the National Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in Japan, and as a Near Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It was described as a new species based on the individual collected in Tokyo in 1884, but was called a "ghost' bird" because its breeding area was not discovered.

There were some raptors such as Osprey, Japanese Buzzard, and Eastern Peregrine Falcon.

At the historic landmark of "former Yanaka Village", we saw a few birds flew away. According to the local staff of the visitor centor, a flock of Japanese Waxwing was observed in the morning.
Also, the staff observed Chestnut-cheeked Starlings near Yanaka lake.

The birds observed are;
(*observed by other birders)
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus), Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Ural Owl (Strix uralensis momiyamae),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Marsh Grassbird (Japanese) (Helopsaltes pryeri pryeri/Locustella pryeri pryeri),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
*Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

コジュケイ, キジ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, コウノトリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ,
ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, モミヤマフクロウ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒレンジャク, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, オオセッカ, ウグイス, オオヨシキリ,
ガビチョウ, メジロ, *コムクドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, キビタキ, スズメ, ホオジロ
2019 May 02
Yanagisawa-Pass (Yamanashi)
柳沢峠(山梨)



Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige)

Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea)

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus)

Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis)



Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige)

Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Yanagisawa-Pass in Yamanashi Prefecture, which altitude is 1,472m.

At the lower birding spot, I saw Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis) only.

At the upper spot, I saw Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige), Grey Bunting, Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus), Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis), and Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea).
I heard Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis) but it did not appear.

At the further upper point, I saw Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni), Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus), and Japanese Robin.

コマドリ, クロジ, コガラ, ゴジュウカラ, ソウシチョウ, コルリ, マミジロ, ミソサザイ, 他
2019 May 01
Nobeyama Highland (Nagano) & Mt. Mizugaki (Yamanashi)
野辺山高原(長野)&瑞牆山(山梨)

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes japonica)

Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica)

Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis)

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus)

Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes)

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)

Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)



Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis)


; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Nobeyama Highland in Nagano Prefecture and the foot of Mt. Mizugaki in Yamanashi Prefecture.

I saw Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata), Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri), and Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis) at Nobeyama Highland.
I didn't go to the mountain area because the forest road seemed bad due to the rain in the previous day.

Then, I returned back on the forest road "Crystal Line" via the foot of Mt. Mizugaki.
At the Crystal Line, there were Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), and Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps), etc.

There were no cuckoo in Yatsugatake or Zuizuyama.

オオジシギ, ホオアカ, ノビタキ, コムクドリ, オオルリ, キビタキ, ヤブサメ, 他
2019 April 30
Around Shosenkyo Gorge
昇仙峡付近(山梨)

Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder; R.Kinomura about birding around Shosenkyo Gorge in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Though it was raining, I saw such as; Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), and Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica).
during a short-term observation.

ヤブサメ, オオルリ, キビタキ, クロツグミ, コサメビタキ? 他
2019 April 25-27
3-day Tour to Miyake Island
三宅島3日間ツアー

Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina) appeared in Izu Cape

Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki matudairai)

Big flock of Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)

Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)

Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus)

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)

Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume)
We visited Miyake Island (Miake-Jima) by Miyake Ferry from the central of Tokyo. We stayed one night until the departure of the ferry for Tokyo at noon in the next day.
The weather was cool, windy and unstable with strong showers several times.

At the evening of the first day, we departed from Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo for Miyake Island by Miyake Ferry.

The sun rised at the time of the arrival at the island. About thirty minutes before the arrival, I tried to see the seabirds in the dawn, however no birds was confirmed.

We started birding using a rent-a-car as soon as we arrived.
The first site, we visited Bird Sanctuary Miyake Nature Center"Akakokko Station". When, we arrived the site, there were many cars already. So we walked the different field nearby where nobody was.
As soon as we started birding, we saw and heard the endemic birds in this island such as; Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (D.k.matudairai), Varied Tit (S.owstoni), Ijima's Warbler (P.ijimae), Japanese White-eye (Z.j.stejnegeri), Eurasian Wren (T.t.mosukei).
Then we returned back to Bird Sanctuary Miyake Nature Center, there was no birders and we saw a couple of Izu Thrush (T.celaenops) foraging at the road side.

The next destination was Izu Cape where we can see Pleske's Warbler (L.pleskei) in the grass field. We waited the bird coming up to the tip of the grass, however we only heard the songs this time.
Instead, we saw Japanese Wood-Pigeons which perched on a small trees in the grass field several times. Usually, it is difficult to see this pigeon because it lives in the deep forest like hiding, but it was surprising that we could see it in this open grass field several times.
After a while, it started rain and we gave up and moved to the next site.

The road nearby the airport along the coast, we looked for some birds under migration in the rain. There were cormorants (Japanese, Pelagic) but no egret or wagtail which we expected to see. However we saw a Oriental Pratincole flew nearby us.

In the afternoon, we drove and visited several sites (Toga Shrine, High school area, Tsubota Forest road, Imasaki area, Izu Cape, Yakushido Shrine, Tairoike area) but we had no particular sights.

In the early morning of the third day, we had very early breakfast and were ready for birding. But it was very bad weather with stormy wind and rain. We must wait for a while.

After the rain stopped, we started birding from the site near Akakokko Station. The members were almost same as the day before.

Then we visited Tairoike Pond. In the pond, there were egrets (Great, Intermediate) and a Mandarin Duck.
In the forest near the pond, we heard a lot of calls such as; Ijima's Warbler, Japanese White-eye, Izu Thrush and Ashy Minivet. We saw a Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina) which stopped over on the way of the migration.

We went around the several sites in the island again and went to Igaya Port to get on the ferry at noon.

On the return ferry from Miyake Island to Takeshiba Pier, we saw a huge number of Streaked Shearwateralbatrosses (Black-footed, Short-Tailed), some Short-tailed Shearwater, three kinds of albatrosses (Black-footed, Laysan, Short-Tailed), and Japanese Murrelet. We saw Japanese Murrelets several times during this cruise. According to the person in Miyake Island, it becomes easier to see Japanese Murrelet when whales are absent.

The birds observed
- at Miyake Island
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Green Pheasant (Pacific) (Phasianus versicolor tanensis),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki matudairai),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus owstoni),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Pleske's Warbler (Locustella pleskei),
Ijima's Warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus stejnegeri),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes mosukei),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige tanensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)?
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

- on Ferry from Miyake Is. to Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes),
Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas), Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume)

コジュケイ, シマキジ, オシドリ, コアホウドリ, クロアシアホウドリ, アホウドリ,
オオミズナギドリ, ハシボソミズナギドリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ,
ウミウ, ヒメウ, ミサゴ, トビ, サシバ, イソシギ, ツバメチドリ, ウミネコ, カンムリウミスズメ,
カラスバト, キジバト, アオバズク, アマツバメ, ミヤケコゲラ, サンショウクイ, モズ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, オーストンヤマガラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ウチヤマセンニュウ, イイジマムシクイ,
シチトウメジロ, モスケミソサザイ, シロハラ, アカコッコ, タネコマドリ, イソヒヨドリ, キビタキ, スズメ,
カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ, アオジ, クロジ
2019 March 27-April 22
Low mountain in Kyoto City (Kyoto Prefecture)
京都市低山(京都)

Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina)

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Grey Buntings (Emberiza variabilis)

Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus)

Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis)

Japanese Robin (Larvivora akahige)



Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about long-term observation of the spring migration at a low mountain in Kyoto.

I observed regularly in my local patch to monitor spring migration.

This year was exceptionally warm in February and March and we expected that spring migration should be early. Indeed, I recognized an Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) on March 27, already on the first day of my regular observation. A similar case was in 2013, when I recorded this species on March 23.

On the next day (March 28), I recognized an Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps). This species usually arrives first among summer migrants in early April, but in years when the winter was warm, there were records in March.

After then, there was a cold spell and I didn't record more species. The Eastern Crowned Warbler was present all the time and increased in number on March 30.

I also recorded the voice of a Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) on March 29 and April 1, which probably stopped over during migration.

The main wave of migration arrived on April 5, when a number of Asian Stubtails arrived.
On April 6, I recognized a Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana).
As judged from the song and behavior, this individual appears to be coming here for three years in a row.

On April 7, I recorded two more new species in this season: Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus) and Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis).
Although cold air also arrived, I recorded the first Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) on April 8.
There still remained a number of Red-flanked Bluetails (Tarsiger cyanurus).

On April 9, I recorded Red-rumped Swallows (Cecropis daurica), which were already circling in the blue sky in a small flock.

On April 11, I recorded a Japanese Robin (Larvivora akahige). I fortunately see the bird and it sang very well.
The arrival of Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina) was somewhat late, probably due to the cold spell in April, and I recognized only one on this day.

On April 12, there arrived more Blue-and-white Flycatchers and there were territorial conflicts between the first individual. The number of Narcissus Flycatchers increased to three.

On April 13, the number of Narcissus Flycatchers greatly increased and I could hear them everywhere.
New Asian Stubtails also arrived and there were frequent territorial conflicts. I also saw a Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus), which is mainly a passing species here.

On April 15, another Blue-and-white Flycatcher arrived and there were territorial conflicts between the first individual. The conflict, also with song competition, lasted for more than an hour and it probably lasted all the day. It was a day of the Blue-and-white Flycatcher. On the next day, I recognized four Blue-and-white Flycatchers singing, suggesting that they had already established territories.

There was a cold wave again, and the next wave of migration arrived on April 19. There were many Asian Brown Flycatchers and there were frequent conflicts between them.
Eastern Crowned Warblers were also everywhere and there were also frequent conflicts between them.

On April 20, I recorded an Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus) and a Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides) first time in this season.
On the next day, there was apparently a wave of migration of the Blue-and-white Flycatcher, and there were small conflicts here and there between passing individuals. Passing Asian Brown Flycatchers were also numerous and there was full of voice everywhere singing or in conflict.
Grey Buntings (Emberiza variabilis) were also apparently passing and there was a flock.
This wave of migration calmed down on April. 22 and I'm waiting for late-arriving species.

サシバ, カッコウ, クロツグミ, アカハラ, コマドリ, オオルリ, コサメビタキ, ルリビタキ, キビタキ,
サンショウクイ, コシアカツバメ, センダイムシクイ, エゾムシクイ, ヤブサメ, クロジ
2019 April 21
Kamo River between Demachiyanagi and Kaguracho (Kyoto)
鴨川(京都市出町柳〜神楽町)

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)





Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus) & Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kamo River in Kyoto.

I went to see breeding Long-billed Plovers (Charadrius placidus) here.
I found two incubating birds on one sandbank. They sometimes walked around and foraged, and returned back for incubation.
During incubation, these birds often looked above, since there were many Black Kites (Milvus migrans) circling and they must not miss a predator.
The birds were aggressive and even expelled wagtails.
There was one bird per nest, and I wondered where was the mate.

There remained only a small number of wintering ducks.

The result of the birding was;
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

カワウ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ヒドリガモ, アオサギ, コサギ, トビ, イソシギ, イカルチドリ, コゲラ,
ツバメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ. ハシボソガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2019 April 21
Futagoyama (Zushi City, Kanagawa)
二子山(神奈川)

Forested valley of Futagoyama

Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana)
I attended a birding walking event held at Futagoyama in Zushi City by the Kanagawa Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
This field is a forested valley along a small stream. We can see many common resident birds and summer birds especially Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata) in summer time.

The day I visited was too early for Black Paradise-Flycatcher, but the other summer members, such as Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Narcissus Flycatcher, Asian Stubtail and Eastern Crowned Warbler had already arrived and singing actively.
The resident birds were singing cheerly as well.

The arrival of the Black Paradise-Flycatcher is being looking forward to.

The birds we observed are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

コジュケイ, カルガモ, カワウ, トビ, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ヤブサメ, ウグイス, センダイムシクイ, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ,
キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, クロジ
2019 April 20
Downstream of Sakawa River (Kanagawa)
酒匂川下流(神奈川)

Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis)

Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)
We visited the downstream of Sakawa River (Sakawa-Gawa), after the hawk watching at Nanohanadai, in the afternoon.
It was the time of migration and there was a report that an Oriental Pratincole had been seen at this field.
When we arrived at the field, the Oriental Pratincole was resting on the gravelly sandbank of the river at the far distance.
There were many Barn Swallows flying swiftly above the river and Little Terns hunting fishes. A Barn Swallow (H.r.saturata) with the reddish belly was found.
On the shallow, there were some shorebirds, such as Western Little Ringed Plovers and Siberian Dunlins.
Some wintered birds such as Common Merganser/Goosander, Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s and Masked Buntings were also seen. The Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) had changed its attire into the summer form.
After waiting for a few hours, the Oriental Pratincole flew around for a while being scared by a crow approaching.

The birds obserbed (* reported by a member of WBSJ Kanagawa)are;
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
*Garganey (Anas querquedula), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), *Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), *Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
*Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
*Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica saturata),
*Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
*Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

ヨシガモ, カルガモ, *シマアジ, コガモ, カワアイサ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, オオバン, ムナグロ, *イカルチドリ, コチドリ, *シロチドリ, *メダイチドリ, イソシギ, ハマシギ, ツバメチドリ,
*ユリカモメ, コアジサシ, カワラバト, キジバト, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, アカハラツバメ, *イワツバメ,
*ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, アオジ
2019 April 20
Nanohana-dai, Hadano, Kanagawa
菜の花台(秦野,神奈川)

Tanzawa Mountains & Wild Cherry in full bloom
We visited Nanohana-dai for hawk watching again.
It was almost the end of the spring migration of the Grey-faced Buzzard at this site. The total number of migratory Grey-faced Buzzard recorded at this site by the previous day was 396. It would achieve 400 with 4 more hawks.
When we arrived at site, we were reported that 2 hawks were already confirmed before we arrived, from our observation member who was already arrived at.
After about 1 hours and 30 minutes, 3 Grey-faced Buzzards were confirmed, and the total number of this spring exceeded 400.
After then, no more migratory Grey-faced Buzzard were confirmed, but we heard the voices of various summer birds.
The number of hawks recorded were;
- Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): 5 migrants
- Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus): 1 non-migrant
- Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae): 1 non-migrant

The birds recorded are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps squameiceps),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

トビ オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アマツバメ, サンショウクイ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ヤブサメ, ウグイス, メジロ,
クロツグミ, オオルリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ
2019 April 16-20
Taira Island (Kagoshima)
平島(トカラ列島,鹿児島)



Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori komadori)

Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum)

White-shouldered Starling (Sturnus sinensis)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)

Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura)

Japanese Night-Heron (Gorsachius goisagi)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops saturata)

; all photos by T.Kawase
Taira Island (Taira-Jima) is one of the Tokara Islands, which are a chain of 12 volcanic islands, located in the northern part of the Ryukyu Archipelago, stretching for 160 km between Yaku-shima (60 km to the north of the chain) and Amami O-shima (60 km to the south).

This is a report by T.Kawase.

At Taira Island in this year, we did not see particular rarity species, however we saw the variety of regular members well.
Many pretty birds appeared and we enjoyed the birding very much.

The birds reported are;
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Japanese Night-Heron (Gorsachius goisagi), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura),
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops saturata),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-shouldered Starling (Sturnus sinensis),
Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori komadori),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus cervinus),
Tristram's Bunting (Emberiza tristrami), Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys),
Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans), etc.

オオミズナギドリ, ミゾゴイ, ゴイサギ, アマサギ, アオサギ, サシバ, ハリオシギ, ヤツガシラ,
サンショウクイ, コシアカツバメ, コムクドリ, カラムクドリ, カラアカハラ, シロハラ, アカハラ,
アカヒゲ, ノビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, ニシオジロビタキ, オオルリ, ムネアカタヒバリ,
シロハラホオジロ, キマユホオジロ, ミヤマホオジロ, 他
2019 April 14-17
Miyako Islands (Okinawa)
宮古島(沖縄)

Ono Forest in Miyako Island

Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica)

Ryukyu Green-Pigeon (Treron permagna medioximus)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Black Wood Pigeon (Columba janthina stejnegeri)

Ryukyu Boobook (Ninox japonica totogo)

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis)

Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda bangsi)

Black Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata illex)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) & Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana)

East Siberian Wagtail (Motacilla ocularis)

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis)

Pacific Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra) & Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes)

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)

Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax) & Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
The Miyako Islands are a group of islands, including Miyako, Ikema, Kurima, Irabu, Shimoji, Tarama, Minna and Ogami, situated about 300 kilometers southeast of mainland Okinawa in the sub tropical climate zone.. Miyako Island, the main island of the chain, is connected by bridges to Ikema Island on its north side, with Kurima Island in the south and with Irabu in the west. Miyako Islands are the only islands not inhabited by the venomous habu snake among the relatively large islands of the Ryukyus.

We searched for the endemic species unique to this island and spring migratory birds.
We visited most of the birding spots in Miyako, Ikema, Irabu, Shimoji, Kurima and Minna.
On the first day, we drove ahead towards Miyakojima Botanic Garden in the Ono Forest. However, that day was just "the day of the triathlon competition" where the whole of Miyako Island was set as a course, and the road to the destination was not allowed to use. We somehow reached to the parking lot of Miyako Youth Nature Center in the Ono Forest.
When arrived the park, it was raining intermittently. We were concerned about less appearances of the birds due to the rain, but that was failed to come fortunately. It rather turned into lucky, we saw Emerald Doves several times on that day. Usually this dove is very shy and is very difficult to see.
We heard and saw a Ryukyu Green-Pigeon singing with the voice like a Japanese Flute "Shakuhachi" on the tree.
We saw some Grey-faced Buzzards, which wintered in this island, flying above the sky.
The little pond, where many birds were said to be gathering, was full of water and there were many puddles in the forest due to rain, so there were no birds that ventured to visit the pond.
In the early mornings before sun rise from the second day to the final day, we visited this forest. In the forest before dawn, there was no light except some glows, and it was very dark, but it was not quiet since the owls were singing loudly everywhere. When it becomes gradually brighter, Japanese White-eye, Ruddy Kingfisher and followed by other awake birds, such as Black Paradise Flycatcher and Ryukyu Flycatcher, started singing loudly.

We visited to the farm fields to look for some migratory birds and resident Barred Buttonquail. It was hard to find them, but we saw some big flocks of Pacific Golden-Plover staying still on the sugarcane fields after harvest, and flocks of Oriental Pratincole flying above the fields at Shimoji Island and Kurishima Island. We met only one Barred Buttonquail accidentally which was crossing the road front of our car.
We also visited fishing ports and coasts. At Sawada Fishing Port in Irabu Island, we saw a Kentish Plover family and a Great Knot.
At Yonaha Bay of Miyako Island, we saw Pacific Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret/Pacific Reef-Egrets in dark and white morphs, a Chinese Egret, two Whimbrels, a Grey-tailed Tattler, and a Common Greenshank.
At Higashihennazaki Park located the south east end of Miyako Island, we found some migratory birds, such as; a Pin-tailed Snipe (?), a Stejneger's Stonechat, two Olive-backed Pipits, a Yellow-headed Bunting and two Western Black-faced Bunting on the grass field.

It was too early for the summer birds such as terns, we enjoyed a lot with encounter of many endemic birds.

The birds observed are;
- at Ono Forest (Ono-rin)
Indean Peafowl (Pavo cristatus),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax), Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Black Wood Pigeon (Columba janthina stejnegeri), Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica), Ryukyu Green-Pigeon (Treron permagna medioximus),
Elegant Scops-Owl (Otus elegans elegans), Ryukyu Boobook (Ninox japonica totogo),
Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda bangsi),
Black Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata illex),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Ryukyu Flycatcher (Ficedula owstoni),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- at Shimajiri Mangrove Forest (Baratazu Mangrove)
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni), Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica indica),
Black Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata illex),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Asahi Fishery
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Ikema Island (Ikema-Jima)
Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Shimoji Island (Shimoji-jima)
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Irie
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda bangsi),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Sawada Coast (Sawada-hama)
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Sawada Fishing Port
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- near Shiratori Cape (Shiratori-misaki)
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at To River Seaside Park (To River Kaihin-koen)
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta), Pacific Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Yonaha Bay (Yonaha-Wan)
Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes),
White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus),
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus variegatus), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda bangsi), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Kurima Island (Kurima-jima)
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Green-headed Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis taivana), East Siberian Wagtail (Motacilla ocularis)

- near Ueno German Culture Village (Ueno Doitu-mura)
Indean Peafowl (Pavo cristatus),
Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator okinavensis),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Higasihenna Cape (Higashihenna-Zaki)
White-breasted Waterken (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus),
Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura)?
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans), Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)

インドクジャク, コウノトリ, ゴイサギ, アカガシラサギ, アマサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, クロサギ,
ミサゴ, サシバ, シロハラクイナ, ミフウズラ, ムナグロ, シロチドリ, メダイチドリ, ハリオシギ?
キアシシギ, イソシギ, オバシギ, ツバメチドリ, ヨナクニカラスバト, リュウキュウキジバト, キンバト, チュウダイズアカアオバト,
リュウキュウコノハズク, リュウキュウアオバズク, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, リュウキュウアカショウビン, カワセミ,
シマアカモズ, リュウキュウサンコウチョウ, ツバメ, セッカ, リュウキュウヒヨドリ, リュウキュウメジロ, コムクドリ,
トラツグミ, シロハラ, ノビタキ, イソヒヨドリ, リュウキュウキビタキ, スズメ, ツメナガセキレイ, キセキレイ, タイワンハクセキレイ,
ビンズイ, ミヤマホオジロ, シベリアアオジ
2019 April 05-10
6-day Tour around Tokyo area and Miyake Island
6日間東京近郊&三宅島ツアー

Flock of Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina) in Sanbanze Seaside Park

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) & Siberian Dunlins (Calidris alpina sakhalina) in Yatsu Tidal Flat

Pochards (Aythya ferina) & Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) in Kasai-rinkai Park

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris) at drought water flow in Miyagase Lake

Ijima's Warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae) in Miyake Island

Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige tanensis) in Miyake Island

Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops) in Miyake Island

Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) on Ferry from Miyake to Tokyo

Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus) in Mt. Takao

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) in the rain at Sakuraso Park
We visited some birding spots around Tokyo and Miyake Island.
It was just the time when cherry trees were in full blossom in Tokyo. The weather was almost fine but windy sometime.
On the first day, we visited the sites at Tokyo Bay; Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen), Yatsu Tidal Flat (Yatsu Higata), and Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park).
At Sanbanze and Yatsu, we saw some early migrating shorebirds such as Great Knot and Common Terns as well as the wintered birds still remaining such as; Greater Scaup (American), Red-breasted Merganser, Kamtchatka Oystercatcher, Siberian Dunlin, Grey Plover, Sandering, etc..
At Kasai in the afternoon, we saw some wintered birds such as; Dusky Thrush, Grey-capped Greenfinch, Northern Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup (American), Black-necked Grebe, and Siberian Dunlin. We saw a small flock of Azure-winged Magpie moving in the forest.

On the second day, we visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko), and Sagami River (Sagami-Gawa).
I expected to see some summer bird but we did not see other than Asian House Martin. Some winter birds, such as Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Daurian Redstart, Grey-capped Greenfinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, and Grey-bellied Bullfinch, still were remaining.
The water level of the lake was extremely low, which I have never seen before. Probably thanks to that, we could see a Crested Kingfisher rather easier which came into our sight.
In the afternoon, we visited the farm field along Sagami River and saw Green Pheasant (kigis) and Bull-headed Shrike.
At the evening, we departed from Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo for Miyake Island (Miake-Jima) by a ferry.

At the time of sun rise of the third day, we arrived at Miyake Island (Miake-Jima) and stayed one night until the departure of the ferry for Tokyo at noon in the next day.
In Miyakeo Island, at first we visited Bird Sanctuary Miyake Nature Center"Akakokko Station" and walked on the forest road around Tairo-ike Lake.
On the road we heard many birds, such as; Ijima's Warbler, Japanese White-eye (Z.j.stejnegeri), Eurasian Wren (T.t.mosukei), Japanese Robin (L.a.tanensis), Eurasian Wren (T.t.mosukei), but it was not easy to see them since they were actively moving in the forest.
We looked for Japanese Wood-Pigeon, Japanese Robin (L.a.tanensis), and Izu Thrush visiting several sites in the island. We could see them somehow during our stay in the island.
In Tairo-ike Lake, there were some egrets (Grey Heron, Eastern Great, Black-crowned Night Heron), a Mandarin Duck, a Little Grebe and Common Coots.
On the coast, there were Eastern Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Black-tailed Gull, and Vega Gull.
In the mid-night, a Northern Boobook was calling near the inn we stayed.

On the return ferry from Miyake Island to Takeshiba Pier, we saw albatrosses (Black-footed, Short-Tailed) and Streaked Shearwater.

On the fifith day, we visited Mt. Takao (Takao-San).
Recently, this mountain becomes very popular for tourists and is always crowded. When we visited, it was also very crowded even though it was the week day.
Near the Takaosan-guchi station, many Asian House Martins were busily repeating flying and stopping on the nests under building.
In the small stream near the station, we saw Grey Wagtails and Black-backed Wagtails, too.
We climbed up the mountain by the cable car with the full of persons. Then we walked trail No.4 where not so crowded, and made birding. There was a big flock of more than twenty Japanese Grosbeaks moving in the forest.
We saw Varied Tits very closely, too.

On the last day, we visited Sakuraso Park and Akigase Park (Akigase-Koen).
Unfortunately, it continued to rain without stop. So we gave up walking inside the park and drove the car on the roads around the park. Even such a bad condition, we saw many birds. Probably thanks to the strong rain, the birds might be relax from the threat by hawk or human.

The birds observed
- at Sanbanze Seaside Park
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at Yatsu Tidal Flat
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Kasai-rinkai Park
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba)

- at Hayatogawa Forest road in Miyagae
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- at middle-reach of Sagami River
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- at Miyake Island
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Green Pheasant (Pacific) (Phasianus versicolor tanensis),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica japonica),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki matudairai),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus owstoni),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Ijima's Warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus stejnegeri),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes mosukei),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige tanensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- on Ferry from Miyake Is. to Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas), Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

- in Mt. Takao
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- in Sakuraso Park & Akigase Park
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, キジ, シマキジ, オシドリ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ,
ウミアイサ, クロアシアホウドリ, アホウドリ, オオミズナギドリ, ハシボソミズナギドリ, カイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
ゴイサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, オオタカ, ノスリ,
オオバン, ミヤコドリ, セイタカシギ, ダイゼン, コチドリ, タシギ, イソシギ, オバシギ, ミユビシギ, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, カモメ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, カラスバト, キジバト, アオバト, アオバズク,
アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, ヤマセミ, コゲラ, ミヤケコゲラ, モズ, オナガ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, オーストンヤマガラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, イイジマムシクイ,
ガビチョウ, メジロ, シチトウメジロ, モスケミソサザイ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, アカハラ, アカコッコ, ツグミ,
タネコマドリ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, オオカワラヒワ,
ベニマシコ, ウソ, シメ, イカル, ホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 April 03
Mt. Takao (Tokyo)
高尾山(東京)

Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius)

Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

Waterfall; a facility for practicing ascetics
I visited Mt. Takao (Takao-San) in Tokyo.

Mt. Takao is located about 50 minutes away from Shinjuku by train, close enough for a day trip of leisurely hiking on the mountain. The Japanese have regarded it as a holy mountain since the Edo period. The summit of Mt. Takao is 599 meters above sea level. This mountain has the rich habitats for birds because it sits inside the natural boundary between Japan's subtropical and temperate forests. Trees and plants of both woodland types grow in abundance on the mountain slopes.

I expected to see some early summer visitors. Though the resident birds such as Japanese Bush Warbler, tits (Varied, Coal), Brown-eared Bulbul, Japanese Woodpecker, Chinese Hwamei, Honshu White-eye, and Japanese Grosbeak are very active and singing very well, I did not see any summer birds this time. We should wait for a while.
Instead I saw some winter birds yet remaining; Brambling, Grey-bellied Bullfinch.

The birds observed are;
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ, カケス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ,
ムクドリ, スズメ, アトリ, カワラヒワ, ウソ, イカル
2019 March 31
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

River Bank with Cherry trees in full blossomes

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)

Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis) in nest
I visited Tama River (Tama-Gawa) in the Kawasaki area after the last visit on March 08.

The member of the field were changing from the winter birds to the migrating or summer birds.
As soon as I arrived, many swallows (Barn Swallow, Asian House Martin) flying on the river surface caught my eyes at first.
I found a Western Little Ringed Plover at the river side.
There were many ducks still remained.
Green Pheasant (kigis)s were very active and calling loudly.
A crow sat on eggs in a nest made of branches and wire hangers.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Gadwall (Mareca strepera), Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ,
アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ, オオバン, コチドリ, イソシギ, カワラバト, キジバト,
カワセミ, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ,
ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ,
オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 March 29
Nanohana-dai, Hadano, Kanagawa
菜の花台(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis)
: photo by H.Usui
We visited Nanohana-dai for hawk watching again.
The weather was cloudy and was the cold day like as winter returned.
The number of Grey-faced Buzzards was nit many, but some of them flew close to us and were observed well.
Furthermore, two Mountain Hawk-Eagles flew near our overhead and showed a courtship flight(?). The number of hawks recorded were;
- Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): 15 migrants
- Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus): 1 migrant
- Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis): 2 non-migrants
- Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae): 1 non-migrant

The birds recorded are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

トビ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, クマタカ, キジバト, コゲラ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ジョウビタキ, アカウソ, イカル, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 March 27
Nanohana-dai, Hadano, Kanagawa
菜の花台(秦野,神奈川)

the west view from Nanohana-dai

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
We visited Nanohana-dai for hawk watching.
Nanohana-dai is a panoramic viewing platform located at south face of the mountainous region of Tanzawa in Kanagawa.
On March 24, migration of a Grey-faced Buzzard was observed as the first record at this site in this spring.
Until beginning of May, we can enjoy watching the migration of various kinds of hawks.
It was sunny and warm but slightly hazy. We could see Mt. Fuji, Tanzawa and Sagami Bay.
The cherry trees had begun to bloom.
We saw a kettle of nine Grey-faced Buzzards.
24 Grey-faced Buzzards (until 3 pm) were recorded.
The number of hawks recorded were;
- Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus): 24 migrants
- Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus): 3 migrants and a few non-migrants
- Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae): 1 non-migrant

The birds recorded are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, カワウ, トビ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, キジバト, アマツバメ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 March 22
Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park
境川遊水地公園(神奈川)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)

Pallas's Reed Bunting (Emberiza pallasi polaris)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

Common Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder; R.Kinomura about birding at Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park in Fujisawa City and Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Before the opening of the park, I observed Common Kingfishers (Alcedo atthis japonica), which seemed to breed in the nearby river. Courtship feeding and rivalry over territory were observed.
In the sky, a Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis) was flying, and Asian House Martins (Delichon dasypus dasypus) and Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica gutturali) flew around.
I have seen an Barn Swallow on March 16, but it was a long time since I saw Asian House Martin.

Soon after the opening of the park, the Pallas's Reed Bunting (Emberiza pallasi polaris) was found.
The Pallas's Reed Bunting seemed to look white overall, and the behavior seemed to be different from the Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina). There were some Reed Buntings nearby, but they didn't act together.

At the point of the nearby observing Common Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), I saw the copulating.

チョウゲンボウ, ハイタカ, カワセミ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, シベリアジュリン, オオジュリン, 他
2019 March 19
Oose Port (Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture)
会瀬港(茨城)



Yellow-billed Loon/White-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii)

Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)

Brant Goose (Branta bernicla)

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Oose Port in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Following a report that a Yellow-billed Loon/White-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii) is in a port, I visited here.
The bird was soon found, and we observers were surprised at its large size. The bird looked three times bigger than ducks. The bird appeared to be injured, and often preened the damaged wing. It frequently threw away one of its leg, and we had a concern about the health of this bird.
It, however, later moved out of the port (for foraging), and the appearance looked normal in contrast to what we saw in the port.

There was also a Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) and periodically swam close to the beach and ate aquatic plants.

There was also a Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) and it frequently dived for prey.
While observing this bird, I found an Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus).
These birds came sufficiently close and we enjoyed observing them.

List of species:
Yellow-billed Loon/White-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii),
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena),
Brant Goose (Branta bernicla),
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus),
Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus)

ハシジロアビ, アカエリカイツブリ, コクガン, スズガモ, ウミウ, ヒメウ, ウミスズメ,
トビ, ハクセキレイ, イソヒヨドリ, ツグミ, ウグイス, ヒヨドリ, カワラヒワ, メジロ
2019 March 17
Kusauchi (Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture)
草内(京都)

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens)

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kusauchi in Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture.

In Kusauchi region, there are three reservoir ponds surrounded by paddy fields.
Most of the ponds were dried at the time of my visit, and there were a number of Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius) and some Long-billed Plovers (Charadrius placidus).
One of the pond had a small amount of water and there were flocks of Falcated Ducks (Mareca falcata) and Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca).
During this observation, however, it became rainy and I had to skip potentially interesting locations.

Later on, when the rain was over, I initially found Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus) in one paddy field.
I was surprised to find Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) in the same field (this species is relatively difficult to meet in Kyoto).
As I approached closer to look them, a Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) suddenly showed a zig-zag flight and landed on a nearby paddy field.

I could observe these species pretty closely, and there were also a flock of Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s (Anthus rubescens). I could observe one individual preening on grasses.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

カワウ, ヨシガモ, コガモ, トビ, キジバト, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コチドリ, イカルチドリ, ケリ, タゲリ, タシギ,
チョウゲンボウ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ヒバリ, タヒバリ, ツグミ, モズ, ムクドリ, ツバメ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, ホオジロ, アオジ, カワラヒワ
2019 March 12
Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park
境川遊水地公園(神奈川)

Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

Sakaigawa Retarding Basin
We visited Sakaigawa Retarding Basin Park located at the border of Fujisawa City and Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
On the way from Shonandai Odakyu Railway Station to the park, I walked along Sakai River (Sakai-gawa). There is a retarding basin named Imada. There were some ducks (Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal/Common Teal, Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed Duck), Littel Greves and Common Coots in the water. I found a Barn Swallow, the summer visitor, flying above the water.

Probably thanks to the warm weather, a Green Pheasant was staying on a riverside fence without any sign of hiding.
There were still some Masked Buntings (winter visitor) moving in the bush.

At the park, I looked for a Western Pallas's Bunting (Emberiza pallasi polaris) which was recorded on March 08. However, it did not appear during my observation.
In the water, there were some ducks (Eurasian Teal/Common Teal, Falcated Duck, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Mallard), and Little Grebes.
In the reed field, I found a Zitting Cisticola, some Dusky Thrushes, a Bull-headed Shrike, some Reed Buntings, Common Coots, Eurasian Moorhens, a Common Snipe, and a Brown-cheeked Rail.

Common Kingfishers were very active flying on Izumi River.

The birds we observed are;

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

コジュケイ, キジ, ヨシガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ,
アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, クイナ, バン, オオバン, タシギ, イソシギ,
カワラバト, キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 March 09
Siga Prefecture
滋賀









Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding in Siga Prefecture.

We went to see the spring activity of the Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis).
In this region, there was successful breeding in the past season and we could see both a juvenile bird and a breeding pair.

We initial found a perched juvenile bird in the morning. It started to calling for food, and one of the parents brought prey, probably to the nest. The juvenile bird followed the parent and disappeared from the scene, although the voice was continuously heard.

Some time later, another bird appeared and perched. The parents copulated, and disappeared into forests some time later. Later on, the female was seen to fly, and the male followed later. Only the juvenile bird probably remained in the nest or close to it.

List of species:
Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis),
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

クマタカ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, キジバト, ヤマセミ, アオゲラ, コゲラ, ミソサザイ,
シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ルリビタキ, ウグイス, カワラヒワ, ウソ, アオジ
2019 March 08
Miyagase Lake (Kanagawa)
宮ケ瀬湖(神奈川)

Miyagase Lake with little water and mountains covered with snow

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)
; photo by K.Inoue

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)
; photo by K.Inoue

Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea)
; photo by K.Inoue

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris)
; photo by K.Inoue
We visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko).
The rainy or cloudy days continued in the beginning of March, but the day we visited was sunny. But the temperature was low, and it seemed to have turned back in winter. The mountains were covered with snow fallen last night.
On the other hand, the water level was extremely low which I had never seen before. It might be due to the little rain in this winter.

On Hayatogawa Bridge at the starting point, there were many photographers waiting for Mountain Hawk-Eagle.

As soon as we started walking on the forest road, we heard Eurasian Wren.
We heard several calls but it was difficult to see the birds. Somehow, we saw small flocks of Grey-capped Greenfinch and of Brambling.

We looked for the Crested Kingfisher that might be resting at somewhere on the side of the lake with very little water.
On the way, we saw many birders gazing the opposite side of the lake. There was a Crested Kingfisher perching on a small branch at the far distance.
In the small trees on the slope nearby, there were an Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, a few Long-tailed Rosefinches, and a Masked Bunting.

We walked further to search for the other winter birds such as Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida) and Eurasian Bullfinch. We found some more Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins and a small flock of Eurasian Bullfinch, but Japanese Accentor did not appear. It might have left the field already.

On the return way, we heard the Crested Kingfisher closely. It was perching on a dead tree in the lake and we could watch it very well.

On Hayatogawa Bridge, most of the photographers had left there after taking photos of Mountain Hawk-Eagle.

The birds we observed are;
(* shows the bird observed by other birders)
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), *Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)?
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreu),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, マガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ,
トビ, *クマタカ, キジバト, ヤマセミ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ,
ヒヨドリ, メジロ, ミソサザイ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, アトリ,
オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, アカウソ, アオジ
2019 March 06
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes)

Ducks

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)?

Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)
I visited Tama River (Tama-Gawa) in the Kawasaki area.
It was cloudy but not windy after the 2 consecutive rainy days.
The birds were very active.

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) increased its number, and I saw everywhere on the trees, on the grasslands and on the sandbanks. Some of them formed flocks.

There were many Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s and wagtails (Grey, Black-backed, Japanese) on the grasslands and on the sandbanks, too.

There were still some buntings (Meadow, Rustic, Masked, Reed) in the grass fields.

In the river, many ducks (Eurasian Teal/Common Teal, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Eastern Spot-billed, Mallard, Northern Shoveler) still remained, too.
Among the flock of ducks, There was a teal looked like Green-winged Teal.

I saw some singing birds such as; Green Pheasant (kigis), Japanese Tit, Meadow Bunting, Japanese Skylark, Japanese Bush Warbler and Long-billed Plover.

I searched for summer or spring migrating birds. The day before I saw an Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus) in this field, however, I could not find them this time.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)?
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

キジ, オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, コガモ, アメリカコガモ,
カイツブリ, アオサギ, コサギ, カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, トビ, オオバン, イカルチドリ, イソシギ,
セグロカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 March 05
Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
東高根森林公園(川崎)

Hybrid Mallard x Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos x Anas zonorhyncha) at left

Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)

Restaurant (mistletoe) without customer (Japanese Waxwing)
I visited Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Higashi-Takane Shinrin-Koen) located in the center of Kawasaki.
There are mistletoes (Viscum album subsp. coloratum), and Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica) visits this park aiming the seeds of these trees at the end of winter.

The park was very quiet with only few birds except for Spot-billed Ducks and crows.
Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica) had not yet visited this park.
And it seemed that most of the winter birds left had left this site already. The winter birds I saw were a Japanese Hawfinch and a Pale Thrush.

There were some resident birds such as Japanese Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Honshu White-eye, Brown-eared Bulbul and woodpeckers (Japanese Pygmy, Japanese).

The birds observed are;
Hybrid Mallard x Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos x Anas zonorhyncha), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Hawk SP,
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

マガモxカルガモ, カルガモ, カワウ, ハイタカ類, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, シロハラ, シメ
2019 March 03
Kizu River near Nagarebashi (Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture)
木津川 流れ橋付近(京都)

Nagarebashi (Kozuya Bridge)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis) & Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kizu River near Nagarebashi in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture.

I attended a birding walking event held by the Kyoto Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan. It was somewhat rainy day, but not windy.

We started from the Yawata Sports Park and walked to the bank of the Kizu River.
During this course, there were numerous Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) singing.
Within the bands of the river, there were tea plantations and we searched birds along roads around these plantations. A Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides) was singing.
We then moved to the location where we can reach the river. There were many Rustic Buntings (Emberiza rustica) and Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes).
We could also see Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) and hear Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus).
To our surprise, almost no water birds were in the river (no egrets or herons at all). There was only one Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), but there was also a Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus) on the shore.

We then walked down the river and reached the famous Nagarebashi (Kozuya Bridge), which is one of the longest wooden bridge in Japan. The bridge slads can be floated if the river is flooded.
Around here, we saw an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) perched distantly, and flew a bit for foraging.
We could also see a flying Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).
We walked on the bridge to the distant side, and saw a Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) on the shore of the river.

After taking a rest on the band, we moved to a shrine where we met many Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes). This species is abundant in many places in this season.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カワウ, カワアイサ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ,
ヒバリ, モズ, ジョウビタキ, ツグミ, シロハラ, ヒヨドリ, シメ, ムクドリ, キジバト, メジロ,
シジュウカラ, ノスリ, トビ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ウグイス, ヤマガラ, ハヤブサ,
カシラダカ, ベニマシコ, キジ, イカルチドリ, クサシギ, エナガ, オオジュリン
2019 March 02
Midorogaike Pond (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
深泥池(京都)
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Midorogaike Pond in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.

This pond was a famous birding location in the past, where many ducks wintered. People used to fed them and one could see many ducks very closely. The pond has a unique community of flora and fauna characterized by poor inorganic salts, and it has been chosen as a national designated natural monument. Feeding ducks was considered to pollute the water and was banned.
There are not been so many ducks as before.
When arrived, I was somewhat surprised to see more ducks than I thought. In particular, Falcated Ducks (Anas falcata) were seen closely. This place was famous for a route for beginners, and the "iconic" species was the Falcated Duck. I was somewhat surprised to see this species as closely as before.

My potential target was a Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis), which has been recorded here recently.
I could not find the bird, but there were several Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca). The target bird might have been hidden in the floating island.

Later during the observation, I saw a flock of small flying birds, and they turned synchronously and disappeared. As judged from the movement, they must have been Dunlins (Calidris alpina). Although this species was abundant in rivers in Kyoto before, it has become rare to see this synchronized flight. I have been relieved to know that Midorogaike Pond still has capacity to hold various kinds of wildlife.

List of species:
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

オオバン, カワウ, マガモ, カルガモ, ヨシガモ, オカヨシガモ, コガモ,