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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
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 and the species identity was unresolved. The bird soon disappeared in grasses. Based on the size and presence on the ground, I suspected it to be a Sakhalin Grasshopper Warbler (Helopsaltes amnicola), which 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 Widgeon (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 Widgeon (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 reported 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)

Midorogaike Pond

Falcated Duck (Anas falcata) & Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

: All photos by A.T.
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,
トビ, ハマシギ, メジロ, カワラヒワ, ハシボソガラス
2019 February 27
Akabane Port (Tahara-shi, Aichi Prefecture)
赤羽根漁港(愛知)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus)



Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica)



Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Akabane Port in Tahara-shi, Aichi Prefecture.

We visited this port to see loons and potentially Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla).
We could readily see a Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica) foraging together with Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) in the port. There were at least three Pacific Loon/Pacific Divers and they could be seen pretty nearby. They sometimes bathed and then dived for foraging. They were not afraid of humans and they foraged pretty close to fishermen.

There were also Japanese Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capillatus) and Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus), either resting on blocks or foraging on the water.

Despite our expectation, most of the gulls were Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and Black-tailed Gulls (Larus crassirostris), and there was no hint of a Black-legged Kittiwake.

We found a large number of Great Crested Grebes near the beach.

We also visited the Long Beach near the port, and found a flock of Pelagic Cormorants on the water.

List of species:
Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Mew Gull (Larus canus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone)

シロエリオオハム, カンムリカイツブリ, ウミウ, カワウ, ヒメウ, ウミアイサ,
ウミネコ, ユリカモメ, カモメ, トビ, ハシブトガラス, ハクセキレイ, イソヒヨドリ, ウグイス
2019 February 27
Fishing ports at Choshi and Hasaki areas (Chiba, Ibaraki)
波崎,銚子エリアの漁港(千葉,茨城)

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus auritus)

Gulls around a fishing boat
We visited some fishing ports around Choshi and Hasaki areas, such as Choshi Port (ChoshiKo) and Hazaki Port (HazakiKo).
The weather was cloudy with the cold north wind.
At first, we visited IIoka fishing port which is located south west of Choshi. We found an Ancient Murrelet, a Holboll's Grebe and a Great Crested Grebe at very close distance. There were some Greater Scaup (American)s, too.

Then we drove to Choshi Marina.
There were fewer number of gulls than we expected, but we saw some species as; Black-tailed, Kamchatka, Vega, and Slaty-backed.
We saw a Horned Grebe closely, too.

At the next point, Choshi Fishing Port No.3, the number of gulls and seabirds were not many. We saw a big flock of Black-necked Grebe moving, sinking and floating all together.
From the hill of "Senninzuka Kainangyomin Memorial Tower", we found a couple of Pacific Harlequin Duck resting on a rock and a couple of Red-breasted Merganser at the distance.
At Choshi Fishing Port No.2, there were some fishing boats which just returned with a lot of fish. Huge number of gulls gathered around these boats.
On the breakwater in front of Ikuri Restaurant, we found an immature Glaucous-winged, a Glaucous, and a Thayer's among many Black-tailed, Vega, Slaty-backed, and Siberian Black-headed Gulls.

Then we drove around Hazaki Port, on the breakwater, there were many Japanese Cormorants and Kamchatka Gulls.

We returned back to Choshi Fishing Port No.3 and found a Pacific Black-legged Kittiwake and a big flock of Great Crested Grebes.

The birds observed were;
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Holboll's Grebe (Podiceps grisegena holbollii), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus auritus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), 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), Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens),
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Pacific Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla pollicaris),
Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacila grandis)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, 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,
ウミアイサ, アカエリカイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ミミカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, コサギ,
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, カナダカモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ユリカモメ, ミツユビカモメ, ウミスズメ, カワラバト, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, イソヒヨドリ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2019 February 25
Paddy field in Itakura & Watarase Retarding Basin (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki)
板倉の田んぼ&渡良瀬遊水地(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis)

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)
We visited the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).

As soon as we arrived in Itakura, we found a small flock of Rustic Bunting in a bush, a Merlin on a electric wire, and a Hen Harrier flying above the rice field. There were a few Japanese Buzzards on poles as well.
Big flocks of Grey-capped Greenfinch, Russet Sparrow, and mixed flock of Eastern Rook and Daurian Jackdaw were on the electric wires.
There were many small flocks of Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove in the rice fields.

In Watarase Retarding Basin, there were many Japanese Buzzards, buntings (Meadow, Rustic), too.
It was hard to see Long-tailed Rosefinches, but eventually we saw a few together with Rustic Bunting, Reed Buntings and Japanese Hawfinches.
In the pond, there was a flock of Falcated Duck.

The birds observed are;
Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus), Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
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),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
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)

ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ,
コチョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ハイイロチュウヒ, ノスリ,
オオバン, ケリ, イソシギ, キジバト, コゲラ, 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, 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, ニュウナイスズメ, 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
2019 February 24
Tsuruga Peninsula (Shiraki Port, Inogaike Pond etc.) (Fukui Prefecture)
敦賀半島(白木漁港,猪ヶ池,他)(和歌山)

Gulls in "authorized personnel only" area

Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica)

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus)

Gulls on tetrapods

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) & Japanese Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capillatus)

Ducks in Inogaike Pond

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Shiraki Port, Inogaike Pond, etc. in Tsuruga Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture.

We visited Shiraki Port, which is located close to the Monju fast breeder reactor, to search for wintering sea birds.
Although several loons were seen, they were very distant. There was a small flock of Ancient Murrelets (Synthliboramphus antiquus) distantly, and while taking a video of this flock, another flock of tens of Ancient Murrelets passed within video frames.

There were many gulls (mostly black-tailed gulls) on the shore of the port close to the nuclear reactor. This location is "authorized personnel only" is these birds probably enjoyed this location without human disturbance.

We then moved to the shore close to Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant, where many gulls were also seen on tetrapods.

We then moved to the eastern side of the peninsula and saw a flock of Black-necked Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis), which synchronously dived for foraging.
There was also Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus).

We then visited Tateishi Port, and then to Inogaike Pond, where there is a small bird observing facility equipped with binoculars.
We could see ducks in the lake distantly, and hear Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata) calling, but we could not see the birds directly.

List of species:
Black-throated Loon (Gavia arctica), Pacific Loon/Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

オオハム, シロエリオオハム, ハジロカイツブリ, カワウ, ウミウ, ヒメウ,
マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, キンクロハジロ, オシドリ, オオバン,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, トビ, ウミスズメ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ,
メジロ, イソヒヨドリ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2019 February 24
Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo) & Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba)
葛西臨海公園(東京)&三番瀬(千葉)

fresh-water pond "Kami-no-ike", Kasai-Rinkai Park

Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis) in Sanbanze
We visited Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo and Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) in Chiba Prefecture.

It was very calm and warm Sunday like spring.
There was a lot of person in Kasai-Rinkai Park. Also a lot of construction work for the Olympics was on-going around the park.
It was not hard for body but slightly hard for birding.
We looked for White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi), but it did not appear during our observation.
In the fresh-water pond "Kami-no-ike", there were many ducks such as Pochard, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, etc..
Reed Buntings were moving busily in the reeds.
We heard the loud calls of Japanese Wryneck twice, but it did not appear in front of us.
We looked for Azure-winged Magpie, but we could not hear it's unique call. Fortunately, we found a small flock moving in the deep trees eventually.

We moved to Sanbanze Seaside Park to see shorebirds.
I don't know why but there were very few birds in the tidal flat. We found a few Eastern Eurasian Curlews at distance.
We walked to the breakwater, and somehow we saw ducks (Greater Scaup (American), Common Goldeneye), grebes (Black-necked, Great Crested Grebe), Red-breasted Mergansers and a big flock of Kamtchatka Oystercatcher at far distance.
A flock of gull flew nearby, and one of them was Saunder's Gull.
On the way back, we found a small flock of Siberian Dunlins and a Red-necked Stint on the shore.

The birds observed are:
- at Kasai-Rinkai Park:
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis)?
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Wryneck (Jynx torquilla japonica), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
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),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at Sanbanze Seaside Park:
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus), Saunder's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, 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,
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, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, ツミ, クイナ, ミヤコドリ, タシギ, ダイシャクシギ, アオアシシギ, イソシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, カモメ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, ズグロカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト, アリスイ, 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, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, オオジュリン
2019 February 23
Wada-buke, Mihama-cho (Wakayama Prefecture)
和田不毛(和歌山)

Wada-buke



Hooded Crane (Grus monacha)

family of Hooded Crane (Grus monacha)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Wada-buke, Mihama-cho in Wakayama Prefecture.

Wada-buke is a region of former wetland in Wakayama, and has been famous for rare bird records in the past such as a Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo).
The environment was not as good as before, but in this season there has been a record of wintering Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) up to 40 in number. According to a report on the web, this may have been a result of disposed fallen rice stalks after a strong typhoon in the last year.

It was a very windy day when I visited.
The cranes were seen in a group of about 30 birds and an isolated family of three birds. They were mostly busy foraging on rice paddies. Sometimes a few birds among them flew above the flock and the flock responded by calling.

The family of three birds was rather actively moving independent of the flock, and walked across paddy fields.

Due to the strong wind, the activity of other birds were not so remarkable.

List of species:
Hooded Crane (Grus monacha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

ナベヅル, アオサギ, ダイサギ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒバリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, スズメ
2019 February 23
Akigase Park(Saitama)
秋ヶ瀬公園(埼玉)

Dried pond in Akigase

Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)?

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)
We visited Akigase Park (Akigase-Koen) to see the wintering birds and Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica), which appears from end of February to March in the field.

We saw many Japanese Hawfinches and Masked Buntings. There was an individual very looked like Western Black-faced Bunting.
A Long-taled Tit was collecting spider silk for nesting.
Waxwing had not yet visited this field in this season.
Due to less rain in this winter, all the ponds in the field were dried up and there was neither of duck nor kingfisher.
At Sakuraso Park, we saw Long-tailed Rosefinches.
We did not see, but White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi), Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus) and Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis) were recorded by other birders.

The birds we observed are;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
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),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Western Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala spodocephala)?

マガモ, カルガモ, カワラバト, 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, ウグイス, 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, 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, シベリアアオジ?
2019 February 22
Cemetery Tama, Musashino Park & Nogawa Park (Tokyo)
多磨霊園,武蔵野公園&野川公園(東京)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
I visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien), Musashino Park (Musashino-Koen) and Nogawa Park (Nogawa-Koen) in Fuchu City and Chofu City, Tokyo.
These three sites are located adjacent each other.

It was warm like spring and tits were singing well. But the number of birds was less than the ordinary years. Furthermore in the forest of Cemetery Tama, some workers were mowing undergrowth, and it made the birds go away.
In Musashino Park and Nogawa Park, I saw many White-cheeked Starlings, Dusky Thrushes, Grey-capped Greenfinches and Japanese Hawfinches foraging on the lawn. I looked for White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi) but could not see this time.
Because it had not rain in this winter, the water in the Nogawa river was almost drying. A Little Egret, a Great Egret and a Common Kigfisher were hunting small fishes in the small stream.

The birds observed are;
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, トビ, オオタカ, バン, 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, メジロ, ムクドリ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ
2019 February 18
Lake Nishinoko and Dainaka Reclamation (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖&大中湖干拓地(滋賀)

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)





Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

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

The target species here was the Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus). There was no sign of them for half an hour after our arrival, and we enjoyed watching soaring Black Kites (Milvus migrans) and passerine birds.
The Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone) was already singing.

After a while, two Eastern Marsh Harriers appeared suddenly, and the two birds chased one after another with squeaking voice. One of them soared high and we could enjoy watching it among a "kettle" of Black Kites until it disappeared from our scene.

We then moved to the place where we could watch the lake from the north.
Although birds were rather distant, we could enjoy Smews (Mergellus albellus) and other ducks.
While watching them a Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) appeared above us.

We then moved to Dainaka Reclamation to search for Rooks (Corvus frugilegus).
Instead of finding Rooks, we fortunately met a flock of Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus). The birds were foraging on rice paddies for a long time, and they suddenly flew away as a flock.
We searched for other birds, but again met this flock foraging in a different place.

List of species:
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
etc.

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ,
チュウヒ, トビ, ノスリ, タゲリ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス,
エナガ, ツグミ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ホオジロ, アオジ, オオジュリン, 他
2019 February 18
Kohoku Wild birds Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)

View in front of Kohoku Wild-Bird Center, waterfowls

Tundra Swans (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.

We initially watched the Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) before it returns to the north. The eagle was sitting on a bare dead tree and we could see it in detail.
There was no wind and the eagle did not move for a long time.

There were Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) foraging on rice paddies close to the Center and they also attracted attention from many visitors.
While we were watching these swans, we saw a Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) foraging on the same rice paddies.

In front of the Center, Tundra Swans gathered prior to the return to the north.

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, ケリ, 他
2019 February 18
Mikata-goko Lakes (Mikata Lake) (Fukui Prefecture) (Fukui Prefecture)
三方五湖(三方湖)(福井)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) & Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)?

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Suga Lake of Mikata-goko Lakes in Fukui Prefecture.

We visited here again with some expectation to meet the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla).
The eagle was not present on its favorite dead tree and we enjoyed watching ducks, Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra) and Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus).

I then noticed a silhoutte of a large bird on a distant tree. When I tried to spot the bird, two Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) flew just above us. One of them had fish and the other apparently to obtain that fish.
After this aerial battle, I turned the scope to the bird on the tree. It was strongly against the light and the color was not clearly recognized. Shortly after we started observing the bird, it flew away to the distant side. It may have been the White-tailed Eagle as judged from the glimpse of the white color in the tail.

We moved to the observing Center considering that the eagle might have moved to this direction.
The eagle did not appear during our stay, but a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on the fence and we enjoyed watching it through the window.

List of species:
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern spot-billed duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)? Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), etc.

ヒドリガモ,マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, カワセミ, オオバン,
セグロカモメ, ミサゴ, オジロワシ? トビ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, アオジ, 他
2019 February 13-19
7-day Tour in Kyushu, Tohoku & Izu Islands
7日間九州,東北&伊豆諸島ツアー

Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) & White-naped Cranes (Grus vipio) in Izumi

Hooded Cranes (Grus monacha) in Izumi
; photo by M.Hubmann

White-naped Cranes (Grus vipio) in Izumi
; photo by M.Hubmann

Arctic Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis canadensis) in Izumi
; photo by M.Hubmann

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus) in Izumi
; photo by M.Hubmann

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major) in Izumi
; photo by M.Hubmann

Shorebirds at mouth of Kuma River

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)
; photo by M.Hubmann

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) at mouth of Ono River

Saunder's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi) in Higashiyoka Tidal Flat

Tundra White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons frontalis) & Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) at left behind in Kabukuri Marsh
; photo by M.Hubmann

Tundra White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons frontalis) near Kabukuri Marsh
; photo by M.Hubmann

Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris) & Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in Kabukuri Marsh

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia)
; photo by M.Hubmann

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) in Lake Kejo-numa







Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus)
; photos by M.Hubmann

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes); photo by M.Hubmann


Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)
; photo by M.Hubmann

Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops) in Hachijo Island
; photo by M.Hubmann
We visited three regions to observe the birds in winter.
From 13th to 16th, we drove around Izumi area of Kagoshima Prefecture, Yatsushiro area of Kumamoto Prefecture and Ariake area in Saga Prefecture.
On 17th in Tome area of Miyagi Prefecture, and from 18th to 19th in Izu Island area.

In Izumi, we stayed two nights at Guset House "Shin-Tsurumi-tei". This guest house is located near the feeding point in the west reclaimed land.
From the window of the room of the guest house, we saw a huge number of cranes gathered in the dawn very closely. In addition, huge flock of ducks and flocks of crows joined, and the scene in which numerous number of birds flew here and there spreaded in front of us and made us exciting.
The number of cranes as of December 2018 was 14,286 composed of 13,696 Hooded Cranes, 574 White-naped Cranes, 10 Eastern Common Cranes, 4 Arctic Sandhill Crane and 2 hybrid of Hooded and White-naped Cranes.
We found one Eastern Common Crane and one hybrid among the huge number of flock front of us.
We drove around the east reclaimed land, and looked for Arctic Sandhill Crane. It was hard to find it among the flock of Hooded Cranes, but somehow we found an Arctic Sandhill Crane.
In a pond and at an irrigation canal, we found spoonbills and egrets.
In the reeds along the river, Chinese Penduline Tits were moving busily.

At the upperstream of Komenotsu River near Kogawa Dam, we saw a Crested Kingfisher and a Brown Dipper.
At Kogawa Dam, we saw ducks such as Northern Pintail and Mandarin Duck in the lake, and tits, greenfinches, buntings, woodpeckers, pigeons, jays and thrushes in the surrounding forest.
We heard songs and calls of Japanese Bush Warblers, Japanese Woodpeckers, Ryukyu Minivets, and Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, too.

In Yatsushiro area, we visited two river mouths.
At the mouth of Kuma River (Kuma-Gawa), there were some tidal flats.
On these tidal flats, there were many shorebirds; such as Kentish Plovers, Grey Plovers, Red-necked Stint, Siverian Dunlin, and Eastern Eurasian Curlew, and gulls.
Among the flock of Vega Gulls, we found a Taymyr Gull with yellow legs.
In the sea, there were lot of ducks (Common Shelduck, Mallad, Northern Pintail, Tuffted) and Red-breasted Mergansers.
On the piles in the sea, many Ospreys were taking rest.
At the mouth of Ono River, there were huge number of Baikal Teals and many Saunder's Gulls. In the river, there were many Falcated Ducks, too.

In Ariake area, we visited, a reservoir at Fukutomi, Higashi-Yoka Tidal Flat (Higashi-Yoka Higata) and the area around Saga Airport.
At the reservoir at Fukutomi, there were many ducks such as Gadwals, Eurasian Wigeons, Eurasian Teal/Common Teals, etc..
In the reeds, there were Black-crowned Night Herons and Chinese Penduline Tits.
There were buntings, greenfinches, abd Dusky Thrushes on the surrounding grass field.
At Higashiyoka Tidal Flat, which is the largest tidal flat left in Japan, a wide muddy tideland spread.
A few Saunder's Gulls flew in front of us but the shorebirds were foraging in the wide area at the far distance.
Near Saga Airport, we drove the field around the airport. There were many Bull-headed Shrikes but could not find the Northern Shrike (Lanius sphenocercus sphenocercus) which had been recorded.
We saw a Kyushu Green Pheasant in a farm field.
There was a mixed flock of White-cheeked and Siberian Common Starling in the park.

After the trip in Kyushu, we flied back to Haneda and went to Furukawa by bull train of Tohoku Shinkansen.
We visited three sites; Kabukuri-Numa Marsh (Kabukuri-Numa), Lake Izu-Numa (Izu-Numa) and Lake Kejyo-Numa.
In the paddy fields around these these sites with a little snow fell the last night, there were many flocks of Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra). We found a Leser White-fronted Goose among a flock of White-fronted Geese near Kabukuri Marsh.
At Kabukuri Marsh, it was sunny but windy, and the birds were not so much active. But some Eastern Marsh-Harriers flew above the marsh, and ducks, swans and geese were resting in the water.
We looked for Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus) but it did not appear during our observation.

We drove the road along the south of Lake Izu. A White-tailed Eagle was flying in elegant.

At Lake Kejo-numa, we waited for Aleutian Geese which roosts in this lake until the sunset.
Before the sunset, we walked around the lake, and saw some Rustic Buntings and heard some calls of woodpeckers. At the time of sunset, many flocks of Aleutian Geese and Tundra White-fronted Geese came back to this lake in falling snow. It was very fantastic.

After the trip in Tome, we return back to Tokyo and rode on the ferry toward Hachijo Island (Hachijo-Jima) which departed late at the night from Takeshiba Pier.
At the time of sunrise, the ferry stopped at Mikura Island.
On the way between Mikura Island and Hachijo Island, Black-footed Albatrosss and Short-Tailed Albatrosses appeared several times. In the flock there was a Short-tailed Shearwater which might be the early migrator.

In Hachijo Island, we drove on the several roads in the semi-toropical ever-green forests following to the suggestion by the staff of Visitor Center of the Botanical Garden.
It was warm and we saw Varied Tits with darker colour and Japanese White-eyes with longer bill nad heard songs of Japanese Bush Warbler, Eurasian Wren and Japanese Robin.
We did not hear Ijima's Warbler (Phylloscopus ijimae) this time. They had not arrived at the island or did not start singing.
It was difficult to see either of Japanese Wood-Pigeon and Izu Thrush, but we saw them eventually.
In the dawn, we heard songs of Izu Thrushes and Green Pheasant (Pacific) near the lodge.

On the return ferry from Hachijo Island to Takeshiba Pier, we saw many albatrosses (Black-footed, Short-Tailed, Laysan) and Streaked Shearwater.
The Laysan albatross and Streaked Shearwater appeared in the water between Miyake and Oshima Islands.
They sometimes flew closely and attracted us very much.
Three Japanese Murrelets flew near the ship but only once.
At the Miyake Port, therre was a lot of gulls. We saw many Black-tailed Gulls, some Vega Gulls, some Slaty-backed Gulls and a Glaucous Gull.

During this trip, we visited the different types of habitats and saw many kinds of birds wintering in Japan.

The birds observed
- at Izumi
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major), Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
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),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Arctic Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis canadensis), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio), Eastern Common Crane (Grus grus lilfordi),
Hooded Crane (Grus monacha), Hybrid; Hooded Crane & Eastern Common Crane (Grus monacha x Grus grus lilfordi),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus), Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni), Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at Komenotsu River near Kogawa Dam
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki kizuki), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera horii),
Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jay 'Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at mouth of Kuma River
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas 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),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus variegatus), Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Taymyr Gull (Larus heuglini taimyrensis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at mouth of Ono River
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Baikal Teal (Anas formosa). Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Saunder's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at reservoir at Fukutomi, Higashi-yoka Tidal Flat & around Saga Airport
Kyushu Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor versicolor),
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major), Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus),
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus variegatus), Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis),
Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Saunder's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Oriental Magpie (Pica sericea), South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus), Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at Tome area
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris),
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis), Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus),
Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

- on Ferry (from Mikura Island to Hachijo Island)
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus),
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

- in Hahijo Island
Green Pheasant (Pacific) (Phasianus versicolor tanensis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Owston's Tit (Sittiparus owstoni),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus stejnegeri),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes mosukei),
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi), Izu Thrush (Turdus celaenops),
Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige tanensis)

- on Ferry (from Hachijo Island to Takeshiba Pier)
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes),
Short-Tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Pomarine Jaeger/Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus),
Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume)

コジュケイ, キュウシュウキジ, シマキジ, オオヒシクイ, ヒシクイ, マガン, カリガネ, シジュウカラガン,
オオハクチョウ, ツクシガモ, オシドリ, 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, 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, ウミアイサ, 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, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ,
ヘラサギ, クロツラヘラサギ, ゴイサギ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ウミウ,
チョウゲンボウ, 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,
バン, オオバン, カナダヅル, マナヅル, クロヅル, ナベヅル, ナベクロヅル, タゲリ, ダイゼン, シロチドリ,
タシギ, オオハシシギ, チュウシャクシギ, ダイシャクシギ, ホウロクシギ, アオアシシギ, クサシギ,
イソシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ, ウミネコ, 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, ズグロカモメ, トウゾクカモメ, 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, カワセミ, ヤマセミ, コゲラ, キュウシュウコゲラ, アカゲラ, カゴシマアオゲラ,
リュウキュウサンショウクイ, モズ, カケス, カササギ, 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, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, オーストンヤマガラ, ツリスガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒバリ,
セッカ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, シチトウメジロ, モスケミソサザイ, ムクドリ, ホシムクドリ,
トラツグミ, シロハラ, 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,
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, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ, タヒバリ,
オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 February 11
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)



Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)



Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

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

I attended a birding walking event held by the Shiga Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
The weather was not windy as in the previous day, but it was always cloudy and there was no apparent movement of raptors.

At the staring point, we could already see Smews (Mergellus albellus). This species is abundant in this season in many regions.

In the reeds along the canal, we could see foraging Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) very clearly.
We then walked to the location to see water birds in the lake.
A Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was eating fish on a pole.
There were various kinds of buntings along the course.

We then moved to Nishinoko Enchi, and we saw a perched Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) on the way.
Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) were foraging by a road.
There were also relatively abundant Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes).

It started to rain after the lunch and I left the group and walked alone along the canal.
Immediately after noon, the activity of the Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) and the Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) increased and I could see them flying several times (but in rain).

List of species:
Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
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),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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, キンクロハジロ, ホオジロガモ, 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, クイナ, オオバン, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ, 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, ウグイス, エナガ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, 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 February 10
Ooura, Lake Biwa (Shiga)
琵琶湖大浦(滋賀)

Mew Gull (Larus canus)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope) & American Wigeon (Anas americana) (hybrid) at right

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ooura of Lake Biwa in Siga Prefecture.

I attended a birding walking event held by the Shiga Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan.
Due to the cold wave, there was sometimes snow and wind, but it improved in the afternoon. It was, however, very cold.

Due to this coldness, forest birds were not vocal and it was initially difficult to see small birds through snow.

When we arrived the shore of the lake, we could see various kinds of ducks. Only a few years ago, we could regularly see a flock of resting gulls, most of which were Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). This time, we could see no Black-headed Gulls, even in the fishing port. This may be related to the decrease of this species in many regions of Japan. We could see, however, a Mew Gull (Larus canus) flying over a few times.

We then arrived at the location where we watched a Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus). But this individual did not appear since the preceding year. There were trees which this eagle often used, but there were no raptor on them.
We could see, however, an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) quickly flying against the wind.

On the return path, the weather improved a bit and we could see several forest birds.

We then moved to the different side of the lake and watched mostly ducks. Two hybrid ducks attracted our attention:
hybrid Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) and hybrid American Wigeon (Anas americana).

During the return path to the train station, we could see a flying Eastern Buzzard again.

List of species:
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
American Wigeon (Anas americana) (hybrid), 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), 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),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago),
Mew Gull (Larus canus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki), Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Common reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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, オナガガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, 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, タシギ,
カモメ, ユリカモメ, トビ, ノスリ, カワセミ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヤマガラ, シジュウカラ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, エナガ, ミソサザイ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, アトリ,
カワラヒワ, ウソ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2019 February 05
Mt. Kongo (Osaka Prefectures)
金剛山(大阪)

Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius)

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus)

Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Mt. Kongo (Kongo-San) located at the border of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.

We went to Mt. Kongo (elevation about 1000m) to see forest birds.
When we walked toward the ropeway station (elevation about 700m), we heard the song of the Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).

On the mountain, there were not so much indication of birds. We, however, saw foraging Eurasian Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) by a trail.
We took lunch in Chihaya Enchi, where we met friendly Varied Tits (Sittiparus varius) begging for food.

On our return way where we met bullfinches, we heard a Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida).
We then moved to the trail north of the ropeway station on the mountain. We heard the call of the Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), song and call of the Coal Tit (Periparus ater).

We then suddenly found a flock of birds foraging on a nearby tree. We initially thought them to be Coal Tits as judged from the call just before coming here, but the birds turned out to be Willow Tits (Poecile montanus). They were eating seeds and sometimes issued the characteristic call and chased one after another. We fully enjoyed this close encounter. After that, a Coal Tit indeed appeared and then a Varied Tit.
We also heard the call of a Japanese Accentor here.

According to the information from a birder, there are a number of White-backed Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos leucotos) and they already started to forming territories.
According to him, Eurasian Nuthatches (Sitta europaea) could be seen near the shrine (somewhat higher in elevation and distant from this station). He hasn't seen any waxwings in this season.

The list of the birds observed were;
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus),
Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

キジバト, アオゲラ, コゲラ, ミソサザイ, ハシブトガラス, カケス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, コガラ, ヒガラ, カヤクグリ, アオジ, ウソ, アトリ
2019 February 05
Sakai city (Osaka Prefecture)
堺市(大阪)

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)



Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans)

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding in Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture.

We went birding following a report of a Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys).
The location was grassy field close to a small pond. Soon after our arrival, buntings appeared on the grass. There was initially Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala), and soon after that the target bird appeared.

They then foraged on the agricultural field.
The Yellow-browed Bunting, Black-faced Buntings and Yellow-throated Buntings (Emberiza elegans) foraged one after another. After foraging, they rested behind the grasses.
After an hour, the Yellow-browed Bunting appeared again on the different side of the field. We enjoyed observing it foraging on the ground.

List of species:
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis), White-bellied Green Pigeon (Treron sieboldii),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans), Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)

キジバト, アオバト, アオゲラ, コゲラ, 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, ウグイス, メジロ, ルリビタキ, シロハラ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, アトリ, シメ,
ホオジロ, アオジ, ミヤマホオジロ, キマユホオジロ
2019 February 05
Garyu-zan Park in Suzaka City (Nagano Prefecture)
須坂市臥竜公園(長野)

Garyu-zan Park

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynch0s) & Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

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

Garyu-zan Mountain Park is one of the most popular birding spots in Suzaka City.
I visited this place to look for an Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris erythropygia), which had been found a few days before. This species regularly stay in high mountains and are found in Satoyama area like here only on very cold days during winter.
Unfortunately, I could not find the bird.
I also failed to observe Yellow-throated Buntings (Emberiza elegans), which were regular winter visitor here.
The mountain ridge is covered with red pine trees, which attracts flocks of Goldcrests (Regulus regulus), a favorite target for many birders in this season.
While waiting for Goldcrests, I could spot a beautiful male Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus). Taking a good photo of Goldcrests seems to be too difficult for me.

List of species:
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Black Kite (Milvus Migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Poecile varius),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), White Wagtail(Motacilla alba)

マガモ,カルガモ,ダイサギ,トビ,コゲラ,ハシボソガラス,ハシブトガラス,カケス,
シジュウカラ,ヤマガラ,ヒヨドリ,ウグイス,エナガ,ルリビタキ,セグロセキレイ,ハクセキレイ
2019 February 03
Kohoku Wild birds Center / Biwako Waterfowl & Wetland Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター/琵琶湖水鳥・湿地センター(滋賀)

the World Wetlands Day at Biwa Lake

Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)



Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)

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) and Biwako Waterfowl & Wetland Center in Siga Prefecture.

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

When we arrived, Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) were still on Lake Biwa. After a short introduction, we went out from the Center and saw the Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) which stayed on a low tree near Mt. Yamamoto. According to observers, the eagle was initially on a pole in Lake Biwa, but caught fish and returned to Mt. Yamamoto.

After watching the eagle, we moved to the shore and enjoyed watching water birds.
While we were observing, Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) flew above the lake.
Some of Tundra Swans took flight and landed on a rice paddy close to the Center.
We watched these swans very closely. These swans were not afraid of us.

After watching the birds, we had an indoor event with lectures and we summarized today's observation.

After the event, we moved close to the eagle.
The bird perched on the same tree for hours and photographers around it already started giving up taking its photos in flight.

I didn't make a memo of the species recorded by the Center Staff, and the list is only from my observation.

List of species:
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, オナガガモ, 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, カンムリカイツブリ, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, オオバン, ケリ, ハマシギ,
トビ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, オオジュリン
2019 February 03
Nishi-ike Pond and nearby region (Shiga)
西池とその近郊(滋賀)

Nishi-ike Pond

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) & Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nishi-Ike Pond (Nishi-Ike) and nearby region in Siga Prefecture.

We made a short visit to Nishi-ike Pond and nearby region to search for forest birds.

In Nishi-ike, there were many ducks relatively nearby and Smews (Mergellus albellus) were seen pretty closely.
We couldn't find expected Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata).
Our visit was probably too early for Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii) to return.

We searched for forest birds around a shrine located south to Nishi-ike Pond.
Although there were mixed flocks of tits, there was little hint of wintering birds (the lack of wintering birds in this season appears to be common in many parts of Japan).

The list of the birds observed were;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, ヒドリガモ, ヨシガモ, ミコアイサ, カワアイサ,
キジバト, カワウ, オオバン, トビ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, カケス,
コゲラ. ヒヨドリ. ツグミ. セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, シジュウカラ, エナガ, オオジロ, シメ
2019 February 02
Fushimi-Momoyama Castle (Kyoto Prefecture)
伏見桃山城(京都)

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone)

White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Fushimi-Momoyama Castle in Kyoto Prefecture.

I attended a birding walking event held by the Kyoto Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan. The course was from Tanbabashi Station to trails south to Fushimi-Momoyama Castle and around the Castle, and then to Fushimi-Kitahori Park.
During the birding walking in the last year, a flock of Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) was seen in Fushimi-Kitahori Park. In this year, there has been no reports of waxwings in Kyoto and we didn't expect much to see them.

In trails south to Fushimi-Momoyama Castle, there is a pond where a Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) is expected.
The pond was partly frozen and we couldn't find the bird.
We then moved to the location where Grey Buntings (Emberiza variabilis) were expected.
On the way, we saw a hawk circling above. It was an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus).
At the expected location, we couldn't find Grey Buntings.
The voice was recorded (probably rather distant and hidden in bush) and I include this species in the list.
Around this region, many trees fell due to the typhoon in the last year, and some places could not be entered.

In the park around Fushimi-Momoyama Castle, we saw a White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea), one of the target species of this event, and a Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) foraging on the ground.

In Fushimi-Kitahori Park, we saw at least three Daurian Redstarts (Phoenicurus auroreus) and several Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala).
To our regret, we couldn't see a Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus), which was very well seen during the last season.

List of species:
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), 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),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, トビ, ノスリ, コゲラ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヤマガラ, シジュウカラ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, エナガ, メジロ,
トラツグミ, シロハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ
2019 February 01-06
6-day Tour in Doto Area (Hokkaido)
6日間道東ツアー(北海道)

Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

Otowa Bridge

Hokkaido Ural Owl (Strix uralensis japonica)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla)

Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus)

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) on Drift Ice

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni)
I joined a 6-day birding tour in Doto Area, the east part of Hokkaido, which was planned and offered by MIKI Travel and Naturetrek in UK.
During this tour, we traveled in the depths of the Japanese winter, aiming to see Japan's most incredible wildlife spectacles, such as wintering flocks of magnificent Steller's Sea Eagles, and elegant dancing Japanese Red-crowned Cranes.

At first, we visited Tsurumidai and Tsurui-ITO Red Crowned Crane Sanctuary in Tsurui Village to see Japanese Red-crowned Cranes gathering at the feeding time.
They were so elegant in the snow and sometimes they called each other and danced. Furthermore, their flight was very attractive.

In the early morning, we visited Otowa Bridge of Setsuri River.
We saw many Red-crowned Cranes roosting in the river in the beautiful morning mist. Though the temperature was very low and it was very cold, but the scenery was wonderful.

Fortunately, we were able to watch two Hokkaido Ural Owls in a hollow of big tree in the forest nearby.

At Lake Mashu, we saw some Whooper Swans wintering at the open water near the hot spring.

At the fishing ports between Shibetsu and Rausu, there were many ducks and gulls. The dominant species were Pacific Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser/Goosander and Slaty-backed Gull.
There were a White-tailed Eagle and a Steller's Sea-Eagle on the breakwater of the port.

We enjoyed the winter cruise by Shiretoko Nature Cruise twice. The first cruise was one-hour short course near Rause Port. A lot of number of gulls and eagles gathered to get the fishes fed by the cruise ship. Many White-tailed Eagles, Steller's Sea-Eagles and Slaty-backed Gulls flew around our heads and captured fishes on the sea.
When the second cruise, we went near the drift ices. We saw gulls on the ices closely.

We visited Notsuke Penisula twice, On the road to the visitor center, we saw birds, such as gulls and Meadow Buntings, and Shika deers. On thr observatory building at the visitor center, we found many ducks on the water and many seabirds flying at the far distance. It was difficult to identify all the seabirds.
During our observation, I looked for but we could not see Black Brant (Pacific) (Branta nigricans orientalis), Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus flammeus), Common Raven (Corvus corax kamtschaticus), Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus kamtschaticus), or Siberian Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis vlasowae).

At the Fish Owl Observartory of Washi-no-Yado in Rausu and Daiichi Hotel in Yoroushi, we saw Blakiston's Fish-Owl after sunset and early morning.
They were males and visiting there to get fishes to present to the partner females.
They are very big but appeared suddenly without noise and flew away in the dark.
Many birds (tits, Brandt's Jay, Asian Wood Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker) came to the bird feeder of Daiichi Hotel, and a Brown Dipper and a Japanese Wagtail appeared in the river at the front of the hotel.
I searched for Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria japonica) in the river but could not find. Coal Tits were singing on the top of tree like spring. It was very very cold, but the bird might feel the coming spring.

The birds observed
- at Tsurumidai
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Tsurui-ITO Red Crowned Crane Sanctuary
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis)

- In Tsurui Village
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis)

- at Otowa Bridge in Tsurui Village
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Hokkaido Ural Owl (Strix uralensis japonica),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

- at Kussharo Lake and Kawayu Onsen
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus japonicus)

- at Shibetsu Port
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens),
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

- at Rausu
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana),
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens),
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- Nature Cruise at Rausu
Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Common Merganser/Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Kamchatka Gull (Larus canus kamtschatschensis), Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens),
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

- Notsuke Peninsula
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla), Steller's Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus pelagicus),
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus pallidissimus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo), Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus)? Least Auklet (Aethia pusilla)?
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

- Yoroushi Onsen
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Blakiston's Fish-Owl (Bubo blakistoni blakistoni),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
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),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)?
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

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,
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
2019 January 27
Kohoku Wild Bird-Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser), Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae) & ducks

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) at front & Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) at behind

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.

I visited here again since the behavior of the Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) had been unusual in these days.

On January 24, two White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) appeared above Mt. Yamamoto and the Steller's Sea Eagle was attacked by these eagles.
After then, the Steller's Sea Eagle has spent much of the time on poles in the lake, probably considering that Mt. Yamamoto is a dangerous place.

When I arrived, there were many photographers on the road along the lake and it was apparent that the eagle was on a pole in the lake. The eagle was at a distance of 500 meters from the Center, and it was relatively well seen thorough the windows.

According to the Center staff, a White-tailed Eagle was seen in the direction of Mt. Yamamoto in the morning, but I was not in time for its appearance.

The eagle stayed still for a long time, and then moved to a different pole, and waited for a long time.
The previous day was cold and windy, and most of ducks were on or behind a rather distant breakwater. There were only a limited number of ducks just in front of the Center.
Rather curiously, there were a number of ducks close to the pole where the eagle stayed. These ducks were probably confident that they would not be a prey of this eagle. Nevertheless, the ducks were frightened when the eagle moved from a pole to a different pole.

When I almost gave up, the eagle suddenly flew from the pole, and moved to the north and then returned to Mt. Yamamoto. My observation ended with this sighting, but the eagle again moved to poles in the lake after that according to the report.

List of species (* by the Center staff):
*Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Widgeon (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), *Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
*Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), *Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
*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), *Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
*Dunlin (Calidris alpina),
Mew Gull (Larus canus),
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), *White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
*Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus), *Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
*Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
*Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

*コハクチョウ, 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,
ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, *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,
*キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, *コサギ, オオバン, *ケリ, *タゲリ, *ハマシギ,
カモメ, オオワシ, *オジロワシ, トビ, *チュウヒ, *オオタカ, 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, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, *カワラヒワ, *アオジ
2019 January 24
Nishio city (Aichi Prefecture)
西尾市(愛知)

Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus)

Merlin (falco columbarius)





Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nishio city in Aichi Prefecture.

We visited this place to see a male Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus).
We arrived here in the morning, although the bird is more frequently seen in the afternoon to evening.

Upon arrival, we were surprised to see many Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) eating fish on dry rice paddies.
We then went around the entire region to see if the Hen Harrier might be resting on the ground.

When we returned to the initial place, I noticed that a Merlin (falco columbarius) resting on a rice paddy. The bird was half asleep and we could approach the bird quite closely.

When we were leaving from this location, the Hen Harrier flew in front of us and we got excited at the unexpected appearance.
We followed the movement of the bird, and it hovered for a short while and touched down on the ground. We approached the bird, but it was only seen from the behind. The bird then flew again and disappeared from the scene.

We then surveyed potential areas where this bird had moved, but we couldn't find it again.
While searching this bird, we met a very friendly Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), which appeared many times in front of us.
As a tractor moved on a rice paddy, many birds such as Pied Wagtails (Motacilla alba), White-cheeked Starlings (Spodiopsar cineraceus) and Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus) gathered and foraged.

We then noticed that a number of cars gathering around a grassy part of the field, and we later knew that the Hen Harrier frequently took a rest in the grass and that it might appear in the afternoon. We waited here for more than one hour without a sign of appearance.
We then moved to the direction of the roosting area of this bird. Instead of spotting this bird, we could see raptors such as an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) and an Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus).
Ospreys and kestrels were still very abundant.

We returned to the place where cars gathered, but nothing had apparently changed. We were not sure whether the bird was resting in this grass and we left the place.

List of species;
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Merlin (falco columbarius),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ノスリ, チュウヒ, ハイイロチュウヒ, タゲリ, チョウゲンボウ, コチョウゲンボウ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ヒバリ, スズメ, ムクドリ, ツグミ,
,ハクセキレイ タヒバリ, カワラヒワ
2019 January 20
Obata River (Mukou City, Kyoto Prefecture)
小畑川(向日市,京都)

Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope)

Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) & Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) at upper right

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) & Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Obata River in Mukou City, Kyoto Prefecture.

We went here to see the Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis), which has been visiting here three years in a row.
The bird was not initially apparent, but while we were walking along the river, a flock of Eurasian Teals (Anas crecca) was hidden below a weir, and we incidentally and suddenly saw them from above. The birds were surprised by our appearance and flew away. The Green-winged Teal was among them.
There were also other species of ducks.
In the sky, Asian House Martins (Delichon dasypus dasypus) were flying.

List of species;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

マガモ, オナガガモ, ヒドリガモ, オカヨシガモ, コガモ, アメリカコガモ, カワセミ,
セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ
2019 January 20
Heisouko Pond (Kakogawa city, Hyogo Prefecture)
平荘湖(加古川市,兵庫)

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)



Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Heisouko Pond in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture.

We visited this pond after information of a Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus). This pond was rich in various kinds of grebes, but apparently without ducks.
Although we searched a Horned Grebe, we couldn't find one.

A trail encircling the pond has various environments and we could hear the voice of forest birds.

List of species;
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, セグロカモメ, カワウ, アオサギ,
ハクセキレイ, シロハラ, ジョウビタキ, ヒヨドリ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, アオジ
2019 January 20
Mouth of Kakogawa River (Hyogo Prefecture)
加古川河口(兵庫)

Vega Gulls (Larus vegae) & Taymyr Gull (Larus heuglini taimyrensis)? at left

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) at left, Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi) at center & Vega Gull (Larus vegae) at right

Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)



Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus)

Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Mouth of Kakogawa River in Hyogo Prefecture.

We visited here to meet Chinese Penduline tits (Remiz consobrinus).
It was a rainy day and the overall condition was rather poor.
We initially visited a pond at the end of the river park, where there were many Eurasian Widgeons (Anas penelope) and some Gadwalls (Anas strepera).

We then moved to see a sandbank in the river.
Possibly due to the elevated water level, there were not so many birds as expected. Although there were many Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo), but the number of Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) was much smaller than expected.
We didn't check these gulls well, and retrospectively found a Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi) among photos.
There were also several Vega Gulls (Larus vegae), one of which had yellow legs.

We then moved to the reed area, and immediately found Chinese Penduline Tits foraging together with Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus). We were lucky that these birds were foraging very actively, and the voice was also well heard.
While we were observing these birds, a Saunders's Gull soared above the reeds, but it didn't get any prey.
A Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) also flew, probably searching for fish.

List of species;
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Gadwall (Anas strepera),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Saunders's Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Taymyr Gull (Larus heuglini taimyrensis)?
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, ヒドリガモ, オカヨシガモ, ウミネコ, ズグロカモメ, セグロカモメ, ホイグリンカモメ?
ダイサギ, コサギ, ミサゴ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ,
ツグミ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, ムクドリ, ツリスガラ, ホオジロ, カワラヒワ, オオジュリン
2019 January 19
Mikata-goko Lakes (Mikata Lake) (Fukui Prefecture)
三方五湖(三方湖)(福井)



White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Suga Lake of Mikata-goko Lakes in Fukui Prefecture.

I visited Mikata-goko Lakes (between Mikata Lake and Suigetsu Lake) to see the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) again.
When I arrived, I saw the eagle on the same tree as in January 5. It was preening for some time.
The bird stayed still after that. It again started preening an defecated, but there was no immediate sign of departure.
There was a vehicle (for agriculture) moving toward the direction of the eagle, and it took off at around 10 a.m. At the time of taking flight, the eagle was in the shaded area and it was difficult to obtain images at this distance. It flew over the ridge to the other part of lakes, but the bird was only seen from the behind. The white tail was remarkable even in this adverse condition.

After the eagle had flown, I observed ducks, grebes and others on the lake.
A Black Kite (Milvus migrans) caught fish (as if it were a fish eagle), but the fish might have been dead.

List of species:
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, カワアイサ, ミコアイサ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, オオバン, セグロカモメ, オジロワシ, トビ, コゲラ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ジョウビタキ, ルリビタキ, シロハラ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, スズメ, カワラヒワ, アオジ, イカル
2019 January 16-18
Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa)
沖縄本島(沖縄)

Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)

Japanese Lessor Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis iwasakii)

Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica namiyei)

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major)

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nigrescens)

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis)

Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori namiyei)
We visited Okinawa Main Island for three days.
It rained from the afternoon of the first day to the evening of the second day due to the influence of cold mass.

At first, we visited Komesu area.
There is a fresh-water spring at the coast, and we saw many ducks and shorebirds winter here. In the farm field (sugar cane, vegetable, flower), there were raptors such as Grey-faced Buzzards, Japanese Lessor Sparrowhawks, an Osprey and an Eastern Peregrine Falcon.

We moved to a pond in Yone district, commonly referred to as "Sankaku-ike.", which is a small pond but a good winter birding spot where we can watch Black-faced Spoonbills and shorebirds,
When we arrived, it started raining, but we saw a flock of Black-faced Spoonbill and an Eurasian Spoonbill.

Then we visited Nago Castel Park which is located at the central of Okinawa Island.
The birds were not active, but we observed Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Great Tit, and Japanese White-eye which are different subspecies from ones of Tokyo area.

The final destination was Kaganji area. The rare species had been recorded in this field in the past, but there was nothing special when we visited.

In the morning of the second day, we visited the forest of Yanbaru area before sunrise. It was still raining.
The dark forest was mystic and very exciting.
We were surprised by the sudden calls of Elegant Scops-Owls in the dark.
We looked for Okinawa Rail, but we could not.
When the forest became a little brighter at dawn, Ryukyu Robins and Pale Thrushes came out on the forest road one after another for their breakfast.
On the forest road to Oku Village and in Oku Village, we heard the drumming and call of Okinawa Woodpeckers in the morning.
In the afternoon, we eventually watched the Okinawa Woodpecker on the forest road but could not see Okinawa Rail.
We tried to look for Okinawa rail on the last morning, and we heard the calls in the grass field nearby Oku River in Oku Village.

We visited Kijoka area in the afternoons of the second and third days.
In the canal, there were a few Green Sandpipers. In the farm fields, there were some egrets and a few Grey-faced Buzzard.

On the 3rd day's afternoon, we visited Kin area.
There were some shorebirds in the fieds of water arum. There were many Black-backed Wagtails, in the vegetable fields.

The birds observed are;
- at Komesu area:
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Japanese Lessor Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis iwasakii), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica namiyei),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Light-vented Bulbul/aiwan Bulbul (Pycnonotus formosae formosae),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- at Yone area:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major), Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Nago Castel Park:
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nigrescens),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Great Tit (Parus minor okinawae),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

- at Yanbaru area:
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Okinawa Rail (Gallirallus okinawae),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Elegant Scops-Owl (Otus elegans elegans),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nigrescens), Okinawa Woodpecker (Sapheopipo noguchii),
Great Tit (Parus minor okinawae),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Ryukyu Robin (Larvivora komadori namiyei),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta)

- at Kaganji area:
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- at Kijoka area:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica namiyei),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Light-vented Bulbul/aiwan Bulbul (Pycnonotus formosae formosae), Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- at Kin area:
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta),
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis stimpsoni),
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus lucionensis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica namiyei),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Light-vented Bulbul/aiwan Bulbul (Pycnonotus formosae formosae), Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis pryeri),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus loochooensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata swinhoei),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

ヘラサギ, クロツラヘラサギ, アマサギ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, クロサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, リュウキュウツミ, サシバ, ヤンバルクイナ, バン, オオバン,
セイタカシギ, ダイゼン, コチドリ, シロチドリ, タシギ, アオアシシギ, クサシギ, キアシシギ, ミユビシギ, オジロトウネン,
ヒバリシギ, ウズラシギ, カワラバト (ドバト), リュウキュウキジバト, リュウキュウコノハズク,
カワセミ, リュウキュウコゲラ, ノグチゲラ, シマアカモズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
オキナワシジュウカラ, リュウキュウツバメ, セッカ, タイワンシロガシラ, リュウキュウヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, リュウキュウメジロ, シロハラ, ホントウアカヒゲ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ,
コシジロキンパラ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ
2019 January 15
Tatsumi-ike Pond in Nagano City (Nagano Prefecture)
長野市辰巳池(長野)

Tatsumi-ike Pond

male

Bikal Teal (Anas formosa), female

Infant Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

; all photos by T.Endo
This is a report by T.Endo about birding at Tatsumi-ike Pond in Nagano City.

Tatsumi-ike Pond is a small water reservoir near JR Kita-nagano station in eastern bed town of Nagano City.
I observed 4 male and 2 female Baikal Teals (Anas Formosa) among other common waterfowls. Dominant species were; Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) and Northern Pintail (Anas acuta).

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Bikal Teal (Anas formosa),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax),
Rock Dove (Columba livia),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

カルガモ,コガモ,トモエガモ,オカヨシガモ,ヒドリガモ,オナガガモ,カワウ,ゴイサギ,
ドバト,ハシボソガラス,ヒヨドリ,スズメ,セグロセキレイ,ハクセキレイ
2019 January 13
Ogura reclaimed land (Uji city, Kyoto Prefecture)
巨椋干拓(京都)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)



Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) mobbed by crows

Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus)



Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ogura reclaimed land (Ogura Kantaku) in Kyoto Prefecture.

I visited a fallow field in Ogura reclaimed land (there were only a small number of fallow fields in this area and I visited only one of them where there were migratory shorebirds).

I visited this place to search for wintering crows and raptors.
The weather was perfect and I could easily spot a perched Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). This species (probably different individuals) soared later in the sky, and was mobbed by crows.
Above the river, I could also find a soaring Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).

I found a suspicious flock of crows, and approached step by step. The flock was indeed a mixed one with Rooks (Corvus frugilegus).
As I approached the flock, I heard the voice of the Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus). While trying to locate the sound source, two birds was easily found on a wire. I could obtain a video of calling Daurian Jackdaw pretty closely. The bird then took off for foraging on the ground.

Contrary to my expectation, these crows were not afraid of humans at all, and I could see them just below wires or in front of trees where they were resting. I spent most of time observing these crows, and other frequent species (such as Eurasian Skylarks) were not recorded.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Rook (Corvus frugilegus), Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

トビ, ハイタカ, キジバト, チョウゲンボウ, モズ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ,
スズメ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ミヤマガラス, コクマルガラス, カワラヒワ
2019 January 12
Kahokugata Lagoon (Ishikawa Prefecture)
河北潟(石川)





Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kahokugata Lagoon (Kahokugata) in Ishikawa Prefecture.

In this season, there has not been a report of the Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus).
We visited the place whether I frequently observed Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus), and a bird was indeed perched. Before we could see its face, it started flying and soared above a water canal.
I frequently met a flock of the Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), but this times it was absent.

On trees close to the place where I saw a Rough-legged Buzzard last year, there were many Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus).

Knowing that Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) have been increasing in number, we searched a flock of White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus) without much success. We finally met a small flock, but there were no Common Starlings in it.

While we were driving through the lagoon, we met many Eastern Buzzards (Buteo japonicus).

List of species:
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

ヒドリガモ, トビ, ノスリ, チュウヒ, キジバト, ハクセキレイ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ツグミ
2019 January 12
Togi Region (Ishikawa Prefecture)
富来周辺(石川県)





Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)



Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) & Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Togi Region in Ishikawa Prefecture.

We visited Togi region (from Togi River to Togi Port) to search water birds.

Near the mouth of the Togi River, we could fortunately meet a bathing Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens). We could see the bird closely, and the it flew away to the sea.

In Togi Port, the majority of gulls was the Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), but other gulls including Slaty-backed Gulls (Larus schistisagus) were also present.

List of species:
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

ワシカモメ, ウミネコ, オオセグロカモメ, セグロカモメ, マガモ, ヒドリガモ, トビ
2019 January 12
Tatsuruhama Bird Park (Ishikawa Prefecture)
田鶴浜野鳥公園(石川県)

Tatsuruhama Bird Park

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)



Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Falcated Duck (Anas falcata)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Tatsuruhama Bird Park in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Tatsuruhama Bird Park is located on the southern beach of Nanao-nishi Bay. This region is rich in wintering birds and was famous for regularly recorded Black-faced Spoonbills (Platalea minor) in the past.

It was to our surprise to see many Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) and Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus) on breakwaters.
The Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) was the predominant species, but other ducks were also present.
A juvenile Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) was present. We didn't know where it was from.
On rice paddies around the Park, there were Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus).

List of species:
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

コブハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, マガモ, オナガガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ,
ダイサギ, コサギ, オオバン, ケリ, タゲリ, セグロカモメ, チュウヒ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ツグミ
2019 January 12
Ishikawa Prefecture
石川県





Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding in Ishikawa Prefecture.

We visited here to see the juvenile Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), which has been reported since the end of the last year.
This species is only sporadically recorded in Honshu, and it is a likely vagrant from the continent.
When we arrived, the crane was preening on a rice paddy.
The bird then started foraging.
After foraging, the bird started calling, initially with very tender voice, then more loudly. It looked to me that the bird was confirming whether there were other cranes around.
The bird then took flight, probably to have a rest after foraging.

List of species:
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

タンチョウ, ハシボソガラス, ハクセキレイ, オオジュリン, ヒヨドリ
2019 January 06
Kurondo Pond (Ikoma city, Nara Prefecture)
くろんど池(生駒市,奈良)



Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kurondo Pond in Ikoma-shi, Nara Prefecture.

We visited this pond to see the Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), which has been wintering by the pond.
The bird was again soon found, and it has also been fed by local birders. The bird appeared frequently and issued its characteristic calls.
There was a mixed flock of tits, and also some wintering birds in low mountains.

List of species:
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

ヒドリガモ, コガモ, コゲラ, ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, ツグミ, シロハラ,
ニシオジロビタキ, ジョウビタキ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, アオジ, ウソ, アトリ
2019 January 06
Ooizumi Ryokuchi Park (Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
大泉緑地公園(堺市,大阪)



Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Oizumi Ryokuchi Park (Oizumi-Koen) in Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture.

We visited here to see and hear the Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla) again.
Contrary to my expectation, the bird had been well fed by local birders and it appeared very frequently.
I initially thought to have a lunch while waiting for the appearance, but I didn't have sufficient time since the bird appeared almost constantly.
A mixed flock of Japanese Tits (Parus minor), Varied Tits (Sittiparus varius), Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus) and Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers (Yungipicus kizuki) was also present.

List of species:
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
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),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

ユリカモメ, オオバン, カイツブリ, カワセミ, コゲラ, 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, ツグミ, シロハラ, オジロビタキ, ジョウビタキ,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, スズメ, アオジ, シメ
2019 January 06
Near Kita-ike Pond (Matsubara-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
北池近隣(松原市,大阪)





Baer's Pochard (Aythya baeri)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding near Kita-ike Pond in Matsubara-shi, Osaka Prefecture.

We visited the location where a Baer's Pochard (Aythya baeri) is wintering as in the last season.
The bird was easily found among the flock of Common Pochards (Aythya ferina). The bird was relatively active and later started foraging by diving.

List of species:
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Baer's Pochard (Aythya baeri), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

ホシハジロ, アカハジロ, ハシビロガモ, カイツブリ, カワウ, オオバン, ユリカモメ,
キジバト, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, モズ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ツグミ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2019 January 06
Kumeda Pond and nearby pond (Kishiwada-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
久米田池&近隣の池(大阪)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) & Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) & Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) & Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)

Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) & Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

; 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.

Following a report of a Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), we visited Kumeda Pond.
At the time of our arrival, there were photographers and we had full expectation.
The only annoying finding was the presence of trucks and people near the water.
When we reached the location, we were disappointed to know that a flock of ducks, including ferruginous, had flown away as people spread fishing nets.
Photoghaphers arriving earlier had already obtained hundreds of shots. Although we waited for the end of fishing, there was no hint of the return of the ferruginous duck.

We moved to a different place, while local birders moved to search for nearby locations where the ferruginous duck might be present.

After we visited different locations, we obtained information of the Ferruginous Duck and moved to the location. The duck was fortunately found.
The bird flew for a short distance, and started foraging together with Common Pochards (Aythya ferina) and Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula). The small size of the Ferruginous Duck was remarkable.
These birds then approached us by swimming, and returned to the resting location where we initially found them.

List of species::
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, メジロガモ, カイツブリ, カワウ, オオバン,
アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, ユリカモメ, トビ, ハヤブサ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, モズ, ムクドリ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2019 January 05
Mikata-goko Lakes (Mikata Lake) (Fukui Prefecture)
三方五湖(三方湖)(福井)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Suga Lake of Mikata-goko Lakes in Fukui Prefecture.

We came here to see the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) more closely than from the Center.
This time, the arrival was early and we didn't expect to see the eagle so early.
However, the bird was found to perch on a dead tree. The view from this observing spot was closer than from the Center, but the bird was still distant. There was drizzling rain and the view was not clear.
We waited for an hour with expectation to catch the eagle to fly for foraging, but it disappeared to the other side while we lost the sight for a few second. We moved along the shore and searched the bird in vain.

When we moved to the Center, the eagle was seen on its favorite pine tree, but was distant.
We moved again to see whether this tree could be seen closer, but we couldn't find the bird (no other nearby observers saw the bird).
We again returned to the Center and confirmed that the eagle disappeared only 10 min. after our departure. The eagle had flown away before we reached the observing location.
We didn't have a chance to see the eagle again, and enjoyed water birds in the lake.

List of species (seen only through the windows of the center):
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Widgeon (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), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

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, ホオジロガモ,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, オオバン, セグロカモメ, オジロワシ, トビ, モズ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, ミソサザイ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, アオジ
2019 January 02-04
Fuefuki River (Fuefuki-gawa) (Yamanashi)
笛吹川(山梨)

Falcated Duck (Anas falcata)

Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis)

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

American Wigeon (Anas americana)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder; R.Kinomura about birding at Fuefuki River (Fuefuki-gawa) in Yamanashi Prefecture.

There were quite many Falcated Ducks (Anas falcata).

There were also raptors such as Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), and Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis).
There seemed to be many populations, too.

There were seven Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swans (Cygnus bewickii bewickii) as same as last winter.

Though the ducks were at the different location from last season but many in the number.
Contrast to the Tokyo area, there were many Eurasian Teal/Common Teals (Anas crecca crecca).
I found an American Wigeon (Anas americana), too.

コハクチョウ, ヨシガモ, アメリカヒドリ, コガモ, チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, ハイタカ, オオタカ, ノスリ, 他
2019 January 02
Imazu Port (Shiga Prefecture)
今津港(滋賀)

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Imazu Port in Siga Prefecture.

I made a short visit to this port, but it started to rain just before my arrival. Despite adverse conditions, I could see many birds closely than I thought and than from the Kohoku Wild Bird Center. It may have been that human activities (such as fishing) was less due to the weather. Common mergansers (Mergus merganser) were relatively abundant and they actively foraged. There were also little grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis) and great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) seen closely.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser),
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, カワアイサ, ハシビロガモ, キンクロハジロ, オオバン, カワウ,
ユリカモメ, ウミネコ, トビ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ
2019 January 02
Kohoku Wild Bird-Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) & Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

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.

This time, my arrival at the Kohoku Wild birds Center was a little bit late and there were no Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) on the lake. During the last visit, these swans foraged on rice paddies close to the Center, but this time they foraged far from the Center.
Since there were not so many water birds in front of the Center, I went to see the Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) closely. There were, however, Dunlins (Calidris alpina), which I hadn't seen well here. They were usually distant and I had seen them foraging through a telescope. This time, they were rather close and I could see them well through the binoculars.

The Steller's Sea Eagle stayed as usual, and sometimes scratched the head. After an observation of an hour, I left the place since there was no sign of major movement.
My decision was a bit too early. Only 30 min. after my departure, the eagle flew and caught fish.
When I returned to the Center, the eagle was eating the fish in a very hidden place.
Even the experienced Center staffs found it difficult to locate the eagle. It was finally spotted as a white patch among branches. Later on after eating, the eagle was better seen and I present a photo taken from the Center.

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), *Falcated Duck (Anas falcata) * Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), *Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), *Baikal Teal (Anas formosa), *Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca),
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),
*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),
Mew Gull (Larus canus),
*Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), *Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
*Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) *Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
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, *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, *カワアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ,
*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, カモメ, *ミサゴ, *トビ, 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, 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, カワラヒワ, アオジ, ホオジロ
2019 January 01
Katano Waterfowl Sanctuary (Katano KamoIke) (Ishikawa Prefecture)
片野鴨池(石川)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)



Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)

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

Katano Waterfowl Sanctuary is open all year round, and I took an opportunity of the New Year holiday to visit this Sanctuary.

When I arrived, the final flock of Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) was just leaving the Sanctuary for foraging, and I managed to take photos of the final individual (some individuals, however, remained in the Sanctuary).

As in the previous visit, Baikal Teals (Anas formosa) were seen relatively closely.

While observing ducks and Bean Geese (Anser fabalis), an Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana) suddenly appeared in the sky and landed. According to the staff, several Oriental Storks are present on rice paddies in this region, but it is rare to have this visitor in this Sanctuary. We celebrated the happiness with this bird at the beginning of the New Year.
The bird was identified to be an individual born in the wild based on the leg rings. The stork foraged with a great egret (Ardea alba) for a while.

List of species (seen only through the windows of the center):
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Baikal Teal (Anas formosa), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

マガン, オオヒシクイ, コウノトリ, マガモ, コガモ, オナガガモ, トモエガモ,
ヒドリガモ, ハシビロガモ, オカヨシガモ, ホシハジロ, ミコアイサ, ダイサギ, オオバン,
トビ, ノスリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ, シメ
2018 December 31
Yodo River (Akagawa-Kema region) (Osaka Prefecture)
淀川、赤川毛馬地区(大阪)

Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Yodo River in Akagawa-Kema region, Osaka Prefecture.

Following a report of a Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in this region several days before, I visited here to potentially record this species.
The information of the location was vague, and I asked several birders in this region. Some of them were aware of the report of the common chiffchaff, but none knew the location. I therefore walked through potential areas.

Initially, I went to Kema region where I saw Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida) a few years ago. Although there were many Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus), this was apparently the area to search for a Common Chiffchaff.

I then went to Akagawa region where small lagoons are present. On the way, Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) were abundant. Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) and Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) were also frequently met. While observing Long-tailed Rosefinches, I heard a note of Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus).
Although the microphone was not pointed to the source, I managed to obtain a recording.

In nearby lagoons and a canal, there were Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula), Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) and a Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus).

On my return route, a birder, whom I had asked about the chiffchaff, notified that he saw a warbler-like bird (resembling a Japanese Bush Warbler) among reeds. This bird might have been the chiffchaff and I waited at the same place for some time. The bird did not appear again. However, I noticed that this region was close to (the opposite side of a small pond) where I recorded a dusky warbler, and the bird he saw might have been this species.

List of species (seen only through the windows of the center):
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

カンムリカイツブリ, カワウ, ヒドリガモ, キンクロハジロ, ホシハジロ,
オオバン, バン, ダイサギ, ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, ハクセキレイ,
ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ムクドリ, ウグイス, ツグミ, シロハラ,
ジョウビタキ, アオジ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン, ベニマシコ
2018 December 30
Mine Park (Mine-Koen) (Gunma)
嶺公園(群馬)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans)

Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon)

Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi)

White-browed Laughingthrush (Garrulax sannio sannio)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by young birder; R.Kinomura about birding at Mine Park (Mine-Koen) in Gunma Prefecture.

There were two male and two female of Yellow-headed Buntings (Emberiza elegans elegans).
Three types of wood peckers; Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis) and Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera) were observed.
I glanced a Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis) but could not observe it well.
Around twenty White-browed Laughingthrushes (Garrulax sannio sannio) were forming a flock.
At the end of the birding, a White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi) flew and perched nearby. I was a little pity that I could not take a good photo by a branch obstructing at the front of the bird.

コゲラ, アカゲラ, アオゲラ, カケス, カオジロガビチョウ, キクイタダキ, トラツグミ, ジョウビタキ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ, 他
2018 December 29
Lake Inba-numa (Chiba) & Inashiki Area (Ibaraki)
印旛沼(千葉)&稲敷方面(茨城)

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago)



Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii)

; all photos and drawing by S.Niwa
This is a report by a young birder; S.Niwa about birding at Lake Inba-Numa (Inba-Numa) in Chiba Prefecture and Inashiki Area in Ibaraki Prefecture.

I visited again the same sites as December 25.
I retried to see the Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's), and I made it.

The swans were absent at "Hakucho-no-Sato (Hometown of Swan)" this time, and I looked for them in the vegetable fields and found them.
I could glance a Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Whistling Swan among the flock of 2 - 300 swans.

I visited the wintering site of Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) at around 3:30 pm. The geese had already landed on the farm field and I saw them very closely. I successed to watch this species this time.

The place where I saw Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) last time, there were Northern Pintails only this time.

"Kanta-kun", the Great White Pelican, was on the boat as usual.

The birds reported are;
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii bewickii),
Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Whistling Swan (Cygnus columbianus columbianus), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica), Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus), Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi),
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 kawarahiba),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オオヒシクイ, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, アメリカコハクチョウ, ヨシガモ, 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, ハジロカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, モモイロペリカン, カワウ,
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, ノスリ, バン, オオバン,
タゲリ, ケリ, タシギ, クサシギ, タカブシギ, セグロカモメ, キジバト, 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, ホシムクドリ, ツグミ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, アオジ
2018 December 28
Watarase Retarding Basin (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki)
渡良瀬遊水地(群馬,栃木,茨城)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius) & Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Ducks in Yanaka Lake

Smew (Mergellus albellus)
I visited Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).

I arrived at the field at dawn.
I saw a few Eastern Marsh-Harriers and a Merlin flying in the reed field, which might be going to move towards the paddy fields for hunting soon.
There were buntings (Meadow, Rustic, Masked) and Eurasian Tree Sparrows on the road side, Reed Buntings and Japanese Tits in the reed field, and Long-tailed Rosefinches in the bush, respectively.

In the Yanaka Lake, which was still filled with water until the end of January, there were many ducks, Smews, and grebes.

The birds observed are;
Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
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),
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),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
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)

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,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, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ,
コチョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, トビ, チュウヒ, オオタカ, 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, 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, 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
2018 December 27
Miura Peninshula (Arasaki, Jogashima Is., Yokosuka Shobuen(iris garden)) (Kanagawa)
三浦半島(神奈川)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)
We visited Arasaki area, Jogashima Island (Joga-Shima) and Yokosuka Shobuen(iris garden) in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Jyogashima is an island located at the entrance of the Tokyo Bay where seabird watching is possible from the land near Tokyo.

In Arasaki area, we went arround the fishing ports and looked for seabirds such as; Pacific Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus pacificus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus antiquus), Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret, or Ruddy Turnstone, which were recorded by a local birder recently.
Eventually, we saw Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret and gulls (Siberian Black-headed, Slaty-backed, Vega).

In Jogashima is., we visited the nesting area of Japanese Cormorant on the cliff.
Most of the Japanese cormorants went out to feed on the sea, but we saw some birds remaining in their nests. We also found one Pelagic Cormorant among them.
We visited the observation point of seabirds at the west edge of the island. There were few birds only. We shall wait a lot of seabirds there until February.

After lunch, we returned back to the Arasaki area, and we tried to search for the seabirds and found a few Ruddy Turnstones on the rock in thwe sea.

The final site was Yokosuka Shobuen to see the forest birds.
We watched a Japanese Buzzard, a Daurian Redstart, some Japanese Hawfinches and Bull-headed Shrikes well.

The birds we observed are;
- In Arasaki area:
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta), Pacific Reef Heron/Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra sacra),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- In Jogashima Is.:
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus pelagicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- At Yokosuka Shobuen:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
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),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, ウミアイサ, アオサギ, コサギ, クロサギ, ウミウ, ヒメウ,
トビ, ノスリ, イソシギ, キョウジョシギ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ユリカモメ,
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,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, シメ
2018 December 25
Lake Inba-numa (Chiba) & Inashiki Area (Ibaraki)
印旛沼(千葉)&稲敷方面(茨城)

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) "Kanta-kun"
; photo by S.Niwa

Smew (Mergellus albellus); photo by T.Kawase

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) & Northern Pintail (Anas acuta); photo by R.Kinomura

Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus)
; photo by S.Niwa

Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii bewickii) & Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Whistling Swan (Cygnus columbianus columbianus); photo by R.Kinomura

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus); photo by T.Kawase

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago)
; photo by T.Kawase

Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)
; photo by T.Kawase

Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis)
; photo by R.Kinomura
We visited Lake Inba-Numa (Inba-Numa) in Chiba Prefecture and Inashiki Area in Ibaraki Prefecture together with young birders S.Niwa and R.Kinomura.

In the morning, we drove to the north-west area of Lake North Inba-numa (Kita-Inba-numa) where a lovely old Great White Pelican named "Kanta-kun" is living more than twenty years.
When we arrived, Kanta-kun was still sleeping on a boat.
We saw many ducks in the lake. There were Falcated Ducks, Mallards, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Northern Pintail, Smews, Little Grebes, Eurasian Moorhens and Common Coot rather closely. I tried to find Baikal Teals among the flocks floating at the center of the Lake at far distance, but it was difficult to identify even by using the spotting scopes.
We could identify Eurasian Wigeon and Pochard among them.
Some Eastern Marsh-Harriers were flying elegantly above the lake or resting on a stake in the lake.
In the bush along the stream beside the lake, there were some buntings (Meadow, Rustic, Reed).

We moved to the north and looked for the Baikal Teal.
Though It was difficult to see the lake side at the location since we should look against the sun, somehow we found some Baikal Teals which were swimming with a flock of Northern Pintail.

Then we moved to the paddy fields spread at the north of the lake to search for a Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons frontalis) which had been recorded recently.
Unfortunately, we could not find it.

We gave up the Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra), and drove to Hakucho-no-Sato (Hometown of Swan) located at the north of the lake.
Hakucho-no-Sato is said that the most southern wintering site of the swan from Siberia. It started almost 20 years ago with only six swan. Mr. Deyama, the wildlife management officer, tried to feed them at first. Then local support group was established and contributed to pour water into the one of the rice field during winter time for migratory birds. Thanks to their efforts, the number of swan has increased year by year and now arround 1,000 swans come and stay from October till March.
There were many swans and Northern Pintails when we reached there. Most of them were Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan, including a small number of Whooper Swan and Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Whistling Swan.
The scene that swans flew up nearby us was stunning.

We moved to the paddy fields at the east of the lake and searched for Northern Lapwing. We could not find it there this time.

In the afternoon, we drove to Inashiki Area in Ibaraki Prefecture.
We were looking for the wintering shorebit\rds which were recorded recently such as Central Asian Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ussuriensis) or Ruff (Philomachus pugnax).
We went arround and looked at the rotus fields, we could not find them but saw many Common Snipes, a small flock of Temminck's Stint, a Common Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers.
There were many starings nearby a cattle farm. A Siberian Common Starling was found among the flocks of White-cheeked Starling.
More than 100 Northern Lapwings were foraging in the paddy field.

Then we we visited the only one wintering site of Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii) in Kanto plain.
According to the local resident who manages and maintains this important site, 117 geese stayed until the morning of that day, but one Cessna flew six times above the reclaimed land before the noon, so all the geese flew away after the second flight.
We waited for them until the sunset, but they did not come back to the site.
During waiting for the geese, a Merlin appeared nearby us.

At the end of the trip, we rushed to Ukishima, and observed Eastern Marsh Harrier roosting in the reed field.

The birds observed are;
- at Lake Inba-numa:
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii bewickii),
Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan/Whistling Swan (Cygnus columbianus columbianus),
Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Baikal Teal (Anas formosa), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
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 Tit (Parus minor minor),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
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 kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
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)

- at Inashiki area:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), 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), Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
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 (Carduelis sinica)

コブハクチョウ, オオハクチョウ, コハクチョウ, アメリカコハクチョウ,
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, 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, モモイロペリカン,
カワウ, チョウゲンボウ, 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, ノスリ,
クイナ, バン, オオバン, タゲリ, タシギ, アオアシシギ, クサシギ, タカブシギ? オジロトウネン, セグロカモメ,
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, ヒバリ, セッカ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, ムクドリ, ホシムクドリ, 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,
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
2018 December 24
Mikata-goko Lakes (Mikata Lake) (Fukui Prefecture)
三方五湖(三方湖)(福井)

Mikata Lake

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) on pine tree

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Suga Lake of Mikata-goko Lakes in Fukui Prefecture.

I made a phone call to the observing center of Mikata-goko Lakes and learned that the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) had already arrived.
When I arrived the center, the staff told that the eagle was present on its favorite pine tree.
The bird, however, was missing when we saw through the telescopes. As is often with the case, I thought that my arrival was a bit too late.
Fortunately, the eagle appeared again and I could see it on the pine tree, but with a great distance.
It was a rather windy day and it looked like that the eagle flew several times from this perch. I, however, missed the flight while chatting with the staff. After an hour, the eagle disappeared and did not return.

List of species (seen only through the windows of the center):
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

カワウ, マガモ, カルガモ, トビ, オジロワシ, アオサギ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ
2018 December 24
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)







Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

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

I made a short visit to this lake early in the morning.
It was still drizzlingly rainy, and I couldn't hear much voice from passerines.
Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus), however, were seen frequently. One individual was seen perched on a tree when I arrived, and the flew. Two individuals flew somewhat later and interacted on the air. It was probably the moment when these raptors were eager for food in the morning.
I didn't observe ducks in the main lake.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, オオバン,
ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, キジバト, モズ, ヒバリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ,
ツグミ, ウグイス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, ベニマシコ,
アオジ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン
2018 December 24
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)

Vega Gull (Larus vegae) & Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus)

Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.

It was sunny, but the cold northerly wind blew strongly, so it was not good for observing the birds in the grass fields.
In such circumstances, I saw a few buntings (Meadow, Rustic Bunting) only.
But two Japanese Buzzards and a Common Kestrel appeared very closely.

On the weir, many Little Egrets gathered and were resting.
The ducks gathered avoiding the wind on the opposite shore at distant, and it was difficult to identify their species by binoculars.
There was a Vega Gull together with Black-headed Gulls.

Still, there were a lot of wagtail (Black-backed, Japanese) and Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s on the sandbanks of the river.
I found a Long-billed Plover that did not move like a stone.

The birds observed are;
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), 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 Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
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)

オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, 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, コサギ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ノスリ, オオバン, イカルチドリ, イソシギ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, 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, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, 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
2018 December 23
Ooizumi Ryokuchi Park (Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture)
大泉緑地公園(堺市,大阪)

Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius)

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Oizumi Ryokuchi Park (Oizumi-Koen) in Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture.

My main aim was to observe the Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla) in this park.
When I arrived at the location of information, photographers were taking photos in the water basin. However, the birds were only Japanese Tits (Parus minor) and Varied Tits (Sittiparus varius). I was somewhat worried that I might not see the Taiga Flycatcher. While I was taking a rest on a nearby stone, I noticed the Taiga Flycatcher quickly perched a branch close to the ground in the somewhat different place. The information of the location was correct, but it looked that the bird was moving in a broader region than expected. Contraty to my expectation, the bird did not call so frequently and I spotted the bird by sight rather than voice.

Later on, photographers gathered around this branch and the bird appeared (sometimes with calls) about twice an hour. During the observation, there was information of a perched Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in the different location in the park. However, the rare Taiga Flycatcher was of higher priority for me.

After watching the Taiga Flycatcher, I made a short visit to the location of the Eurasian Sparrowhawk. The hawk, however, had already flown. Instead, there were Common Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) and Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra) foraging in and around the water.

I again returned to the location of the Taiga Flycatcher. Only few photographers remained, but the bird appeared again twice during one hour observation.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope). Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

カイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, バン, オオバン, カワウ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, ホシハジロ,
ユリカモメ, キジバト, コゲラ, ハクセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, ジョウビタキ, ルリビタキ, オジロビタキ,
シロハラ, ツグミ, スズメ, ムクドリ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, メジロ, アオジ, イカル, シメ
2018 December 22
Katano Waterfowl Sanctuary (Katano KamoIke) (Ishikawa Prefecture)
片野鴨池(石川)

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)



Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

Descending Geese "Rakugan"

Gadwall (Anas strepera)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

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

When I arrived the Sanctuary, there remained Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) and Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii).
According to the staff, Greater white-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) left this place early in the morning.
Greater White-fronted Geese primarily use this pond for roosting and they usually forage in rather distant rice paddies in the daytime. Only a limited number of individuals were present on the pond at that time.

In this year, Baikal Teals (Anas formosa) are seen relatively nearby and we could distinguish their characteristic face marks.
While observing these teals, flocks of Tundra Swans started leaving the pond one by one.

Later on, flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese started returning with their characteristic voice. They were probably disturbed by farmers or tourists while foraging in rice paddies. They flew irregularly and suddenly descended when passing forests ("Descending Geese" or "Rakugan" in Japanese. This name is famous for Japanese art "Descending Geese at Katata" in late 1720s or early 1730s). After landing on the water, they called each other and drank water frequently.

According to the staff, a Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) was seen early in the morning and flew away. It didn't appear during my stay.

List of species (seen only through the windows of the observing station):
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Baikal Teal (Anas formosa),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

マガン, オオヒシクイ, コハクチョウ, マガモ, オナガ, コガモ, ハシビロガモ, オカヨシガモ, トモエガモ, ホシハジロ,
ミコアイサ, オオバン, ダイサギ, カワウ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ヒヨドリ
2018 December 22
Cemetery Tama (Fuchu, Tokyo)
多磨霊園(府中,東京)

Trail covered with fallen leaves

Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus)

Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)
I visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien).
In the forest, the leaves of trees fell and the trails were covered with the fallen leaves.

The number of birds had increased than the last visit in November, but was still fewer than the ordinary winters.

The Goshawk was flying above the forest as same as the last time.

Some photographers were waiting for the apearance of White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi).

There were some mixed flocks of birds composed of Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Honshu White-eye and Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker.
I saw some Japanese Hawfinches and Pale Thrushes in the forest.

At the water place, there was no photographer. Chinese Bamboo-Partridges, Masked Bunting, and an Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin came to the stage with no audience.

The birds observed are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
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), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
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), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, オオタカ, 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, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, シロハラ, ツグミ,
ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ
2018 December 20
Middle-reaches of Sagami River (Zama, Kanagawa)
相模川中流域(座間,神奈川)

Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus)
I visited the middle reaches of Sagami River (Sagami-Gawa).
There are rich habitats for birds at the middle reaches of the Sagami river; such as paddy fields, farms, river-beds with bushes.

I expected to see the birds which had been observed by the local birder in the first half of this December such as;
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata) and Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica).
Unfortunately, I could not find them.
In the field, there seemed to be that most of the regular winter member had gathered, but there seemed to be few numbers. The possibility of the encounter looked very low.

However, Eurasian Great Egrets, Bull-headed Shrike, Japanese Hawfinch, Dusky Thrush, wagtails (Black-backed, Japanese) appeared well.
And fortunately, a Brown-cheeked Rail appeared in front of me.

The birds observed are;
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
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),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
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)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, トビ, ハイタカ, クイナ, オオバン, 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, ヒバリ, 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, オオカワラヒワ, シメ
2018 December 18
Kohoku Region (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北地域(滋賀)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Rook (Corvus frugilegus) & Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus) at right

Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)



Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Sunset in Kohoku

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Kohoku Region in Siga Prefecture.

After a visit to Inami-cho (Hyogo Prefecture), we moved to Kasei city, where a Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus) was reported.
Although we reached there, there were no apparent flock of crows and we decided to move to Kohoku Region, where Daurian Jackdaws would be expected.

We searched crows in several regions, but the number of crows was not so large. We could see, however, Eastern Buzzards (Buteo japonicus) on many poles.
We finally met a flock of Rooks (Corvus frugilegus), initially on electricity lines then on the ground.
There were only several tens of them, and large flocks might have not yet been arrived.
During the observation, I could hear one call of the Daurian Jackdaw, but we couldn't find the bird.
(After examination of photos, I found a Daurian Jackdaw among the flock).
The bird probably flew away with this voice while I was taking photos of other rooks.
The flock then flew to a different place and we couldn't find it again.

We then moved to Mt. Yamamoto to see the famous Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), but photographers turned their cameras to different directions. According to them, the eagle had flown to the direction of the lake, and they were waiting for the return.

We moved to the shore (on the way, we saw foraging Tundra Swans), and met only a few photographers.
According to one of them, the eagle was flying over the lake, and we could spot it distantly.
According to him, the eagle tried to catch a prey, but the attempt was unsuccessful. The eagle then returned to a pole in the lake, and spent some time, then flew again to catch a prey.
This attempt was repeated a few times, and the sunset was approaching.
We waited the eagle return to its roosting place, but it didn't move (probably it must have been hungry and couldn't give up hunting).
We left the place around the sunset.

List of species (major species only):
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Rook (Corvus frugilegus), Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus)

オオワシ, コハクチョウ, オオヒシクイ, トビ, ノスリ, ハシボソガラス, ミヤマガラス, コクマルガラス
2018 December 18
Irigaike Pond and Tenma Ooike Pond (Inami-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo Prefecture)
入ヶ池&天満大池(稲美町,兵庫)





Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)



Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Irigaike Pond and Tenma Ooike Pond in Inami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture.

I visited to this pond after reports of a Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus), which is a rare species in this region of Japan.

Following the report of a Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides), we visited this pond.
Upon arrival, we saw a relatively large bird flying over the pond. At that time we couldn't identify the bird, but soon after, a goose was found to be flying over the pond.
It was then identified to be the Swan Goose.
The bird then landed on the water.
The bird appeared to be cautious and it kept distance from us observers.

We then moved to the other side of the pond, but we lost sight of it during our movement to search for a suitable place.
When we moved to the other side, all birds were back-illuminated and the target bird was not recognized.
When we returned to the initial place, the goose was no longer in the pond.

We gave up searching for the goose around the pond, and moved to Tenma Ooike Pond to see the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) again.
Grasses were cut around the pond after our last visit and the goose was found in the pond.
While we were waiting, the goose crossed the road (when passengers had gone), and foraged on a nearby grassy area. The bird was extremely close again, and we enjoyed watching it. The bird then took flight suddenly and returned to the pond.

In the pond, there were Smews (Mergellus albellus), which apparently entered after our last visit.

List of species:
Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides), Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

サカツラガン, カリガネ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ,
ヒドリガモ, ハシビロガモ, ミコアイサ, ユリカモメ, オオバン, カワウ, カワセミ, ヒバリ,
ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, カワラヒワ
2018 December 18
Imperial Palace (Tokyo)
皇居(東京)

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei)

Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

many ducks in the moat

East Gardens

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)
Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is the heart of Tokyo Metropolitan and is surrounded by office buildings standing without a break. However this is a hot spot of winter birding. In the vast site, the former Edo Castle, there are not only many historical structures for tourists but also many good habitats for wintering birds like forests, grasslands, stream, ponds and moats.

I visited to see how many wintering birds had arrived.

I started from Kudan Subway Station and entered from Tayasu Gate.
The moat at the gate was covered with a lot of withered lotus and some ducks (Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon), Common Coots and Littel Grebes were swimming and diving.
In the forest of Kitanomaru Park, there were many Japanese Jungle Crows and Brown-eared Bulbuls which were calling very loudly and noisily.
I was looking for the other birds, but I found a few Japanese Tits only. It seems that the time of visit was bad, the afternoon, and the birds were inactive. Also a Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk was flying inside the park, and the birds might be hiding from it.

Then I walked to the East Gardens.
The moat at Kitahanebashi Gate, there were many kinds of waterfowls; Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal/Common Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Common Coot.
There were not many birds in side the park, but in Ninomal Grove, I saw some Japanese Tits, Long-tailed Tits, and Honshu White-eyes.
The moat near Ote Gate, a Mute Swan (introduced species) was swinming.

I walked to Hibiya Moat where a lot of gulls, such as Vega Gull (Larus vegae) and Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus) gather in winter.
However, there was no gull this time. We may need to wait for a moment to observe them.

The birds observed are;
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor),
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), 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),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
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),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

コブハクチョウ, オカヨシガモ, ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, 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, カワウ, ハイタカ, オオバン, カワラバト, 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, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 December 16
Shinjyuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
新宿御苑(東京)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomu)

Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)
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.
In the other pond, a flock of Northern Shoveler were swimming turning round and round and eating something on the surface of the water.
Mallards gathered in the other pond, and many thrushes (Dusky, Pale) and Brown-eared Bulbuls gathered on the tree beside the pond to eat its fruits.
I watched many Japanese Hawfinches on the trees.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus), Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomu),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, カイツブリ, カワラバト, キジバト, 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, シロハラ, ツグミ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, シメ, アオジ
2018 December 15&16
Minato-ku, Nagoya city (Aichi Prefecture) and 30th Anniversary of Kohoku Wild birds Center
名古屋市港区(愛知)&湖北野鳥センター開館30周年記念講演会(滋賀)

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Muddy rice paddies in Nagoya

30th Anniversary of Kohoku Wild birds Center
special lecture from the Vet. Y. Watanabe

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture and 30th Anniversary of Kohoku Wild birds Center in Siga Prefecture.

Following a report of a Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), I visited this place.
The bird was among a flock of five birds (including Semipalmated) of Common Ringed Plovers (Charadrius hiaticula). They foraged on muddy rice paddies resembling tidal flats.

The target bird was very difficult to identify, since the virtually only difference was the presence of partial webs in the feet. I could confidently spot the bird with this feature on the second day.

In the same rice paddies, there were also sporadic Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius) and they made us more confusing to find the target bird.
There were only few birds other than them.

On the second day, I visited a ceremony of the 30th Anniversary of Kohoku Wild birds Center after a successful sighting of the Semipalmated Plover.
There was a special lecture from the Vet. Y. Watanabe on sea eagles in Hokkaido. It was shocking to know the number of death and injured birds from human factors is still increasing. Collision (with cars, trains and wind turbines) is the major cause of the death and the number of death due to wind turbines has increased (particularly White-tailed Eagle).
Collision with trains occur since remarkably increased deers are hit by trains and eagles come to eat their carcasses.
It was regrettable that lead poisoning still occurs after the ban of lead bullets in Hokkaido. It is likely that hunters outside Hokkaido still use lead bullets when hunting in Hokkaido, and eagles eat abandoned carcasses and get poisoned. The use of lead bullets has a long history and it is still difficult for hunters to use alternative bullets.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius),
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

アオサギ, ケリ, ハジロコチドリ, コチドリ, ミズカキチドリ, ヒバリシギ,
チョウゲンボウ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, モズ, ジョウビタキ,
ハクセキレイ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, ムクドリ, カワラヒワ
2018 December 15
Mizumoto Park (Tokyo)
水元公園(東京)

Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)

Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Common Coot (Fulica atra atra)

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

American Wigeon (A.americana)

Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus)

Vega Gull (Larus vegae)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus)

Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)

; all photos by T.Toyodome.
I visited Mizumoto Park (Mizumoto-Koen) again with "JISEI" members.

This time, we started from the north entrance near "Kawasemi-no-sato Office" expecting to watch birds coming to eat the seeds of pyracantha nearby the office.
As expected, thrushes (Dusky, Brown-headed), Brown-eared Bulbuls, and a Daurian Redstart were visiting the tree.
At the pond in front of the office, a Common Kingfisher came which is the origin of the name of office "Kawasemi-no-sato" meaning "The Hometown of Kingfisher."

Then we walked along the reservor with spatterdocks. On the open water, there were several ducks (Mallad, Eastern Spot-billed), Little Grebes and Common Coots.
A flock of Brambling flew above us.

In the forest, we saw some Japanese Hawfinches. The number of the birds seemed increased in one week after the last visit.
The Goldcrests and a Eurasian Wren were still staying in the forest.
We found a Grey-bellied Bullfinch perching on the high branch.

On the grass land, there were a few Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s at very far distance.

In the southern part of the reservor, there were many ducks, grebes and gulls.
The abandant species were Eurasian Wigeon, Pochard and Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebe and Siberian Black-headed Gull.
Therre were a American Wigeon and a Vega Gull among them.
At the moment when the water birds suddenly caught a panic, an Eastern Peregrine Falcon glided on the surface of the water.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), American Wigeon (A.americana),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
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),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Brown-headed Thrush 'Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

ヒドリガモ, アメリカヒドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, 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,
ハヤブサ, 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,
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, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ, ムクドリ, アカハラ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ,
2018 December 14
Jyuriki Highland (Shizuoka)
十里木高原 (静岡)

Jyurki Highand

Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)
; photo by H.Usui
In the afternoon, we moved to Jyuriki Highlandand which spread at the southern foot of Mount Fuji.
We expected some winter birds such as; Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus), Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris) or Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans) , but only a flock of Rustic Bunting was observed.
We heard a lot of calls in the grasses, and we saw some Meadow Buntings flew out from the bush.

The birds observed are;
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

ハシブトガラス, ヒヨドリ, ミソサザイ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ
2018 December 14
Mountainous region of Yamanashi
山梨の山間域 (山梨)

Forest road covered with fresh little snow

Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida)
; photo by H.Usui

Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
; photo by H.Usui

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus)
; photo by H.Usui

Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor)
; photo by H.Usui

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)
; photo by H.Usui

Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)
; photo by H.Usui
We visited the mountainous region of Yamanashi Prefecture, which is located at the north of Mt. Fuji and the south of the South Alps.
The weather in this winter was warm, but the day we visited was sunny but the day we visited was sunny but cold, and at the highest point over 1,500 meters there was a little fresh snow on the forest road.
Neither Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus) nor Pallas' Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus portenkoi) did appeared this time, but we found a few Japanese Accentors moving inside a bush.
Around a small stream, we enjoyed watching many birds gathering. We found one very yellow Eurasian Siskin and an Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin in the flock.
At the vegetable field near Lake Kawaguchi, there were very few birds and we saw only a small flock of Grey-capped Greenfinch and a Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk.

The birds observed were;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)? Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus)?
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

トビ, ハイタカ, カワラバト, キジバト, 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, ヤマガラ, コガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ゴジュウカラ,
シロハラ? ツグミ? ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, カヤクグリ, ハクセキレイ,
アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, アオジ
2018 December 11
Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
東高根森林公園(川崎)

Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)

Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis)
Higashi-Takane Forest Park (Higashi-Takane Shinrin-Koen) is the preservation area of nature located in the center of Kawasaki.
This park is ones of few area which preserves the nature of ancient Musashino field.

In the bush beside the forest, several Masked Buntings were foraging on the ground.
In the small pond there were many Eastern Spot-billed Ducks.
In the forest, a flock of Long-tailed Tit was moving busily among the trees. In the flock, there were a few Ryukyu Minivets.
In Japan, there are two species of minivet; Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus) and Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae).
Ashy Minivet is a summer visitor and Ryukyu Minivet is a resident.
Ashy Minivet has declined rapidly. but Ryukyu Minivet has expanded its distribution northward.
For these past several years, Ryukyu Minivet has been observed very often in the west part of Kanagawa Prefecture.
A flock of around ten Japanese Hawfinches is also observed.
An Rose-ringed Parakeet was flying with large calls. This species was introduced and has been increasing its number in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, Kyoto, and Hiroshima Prefectures.
There were very few thrushes, and I could see only one Pale Thrush this time.

The birds reported are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis)

カルガモ, アオサギ, ハイタカ, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ,
リュウキュウサンショウクイ, 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,
シロハラ, スズメ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, アオジ, ワカケホンセイインコ
2018 December 09
Miyagase, Sagamihara-reservoir (Sagamihara Chindenti), Narayama Park (Kanagawa)
宮ヶ瀬,相模原沈殿池,奈良山公園(神奈川)

Miyagase Lake in early winter colour
; photo by Santhosh S L

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius) at Miyagase
; photo by R.Kinomura

Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus) at Miyagase
; photo by R.Kinomura

flock of Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba) at Miyagase
; photo by R.Kinomura

Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis) at Miyagase
; photo by R.Kinomura

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus) at Miyagase
; photo by R.Kinomura

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) & Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) in Miyagase Lake
; photo by Santhosh S L

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) & Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca) at Sagamihara Reservoir
photo by Santhosh S L

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus) at Sagamihara Reservoir
; photo by R.Kinomura

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis) at Sagamihara Reservoir
; photo by R.Kinomura

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis) at Sagamihara Reservoir
photo by Santhosh S L

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) at Narayama Park
At first, we visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko).
We stopped over at the park near the bus stop for a short break and preparation for birding.
Contrast to the day of the abnormal warmth 3 days ago, it was very cold, probably the temperature in the morning was about 0 degrees Celsius.
We saw a small flock of Japanese Grosbeak flying in the sky.
On the way to the parking place near Hayatogawa Bridge, we parked on the road and check whether there was a Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris) perching by the lake side.
Unfortunately, there was not the Crested Kingfisher. Instead, there were many birds such as Varied Tit, Masked Bunting, Grey Bunting, Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Daurian Redstart, Japanese Jay, etc.. After we enjoyed observing these birds for a while and drived to the parking place and then started walking on Hayatogawa Forest Road.
We heard a call of White's Thrush which is rare to hear in the winter season.
A small flock of White-bellied Green-Pigeon flew above the mountain.
We checked the Hayatogawa River whether there was Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii), there was an angler by the river and it was hopeless.
We heard Eurasian Wrens calling at the several points on the road, but it was not easy to capture them in our sights.
A big flock of Grey-capped Greenfinch was busily moving among the trees or coming down to drink the water of the lake.
Some keen photographers were waiting for the Crested Kingfisher. According to them, the bird flew once in very early morning but had not been appeared since them.
We looked for the winter birds along the road. We heard the calls and songs and watched plural Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins and Daurian Redstarts well, but we could not find Long-tailed Rosefinch or Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida). Eventually, on the way back near Knanzawa Bridge, we could find a few Long-tailed Rosefinches, but we did not see any Japanese Accentor this time.
In the lake, we found some Pochards, Mallards and Mandarin Ducks. The Mandarin Ducks were resting at the distant opposite side of the lake. We needed the spotting scope to observe them. We saw two males were fighting.
At the Hayatogawa Bridge, we asked a photographer about the Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis). According to her, she heard a call once but the hawk did not appear yet. However, she said that a Crested Kingfisher perched on a tree nearby the bridge just 15 minutes ago. We missed the good chance to watch it this time.
We drove to the next destination, Sagamihara Reservoir.
On the way near Miyagase Dam, we saw a Ospray flying above the lake.

Sagamihara Reservoir is a facility of Yokohama Waterworks Bureau for purification of the drinking water drawn from Sagami River.
This reservoir is designated as one of "50 birding spots in Kanagawa" and we can observe many wintering ducks.
There were not many in the number but variety kinds of ducks and grebes were observed.
Three kinds of wagtail (Grey, Black-backed, Japanese) were observed, too.
Surprisingly, a Barn Swarrow, summer bird in the Tokyo area, was flying on the reservoir.

The final destination was a very small pond in Narayama Park near Kodomo-no-Kuni Station.
While it became dark after sunset, we watched some Mandarin Ducks that were roosting in the pond.

The birds observed are;
at Miyagase Lake;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
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 sakhalinensis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

at Sagamihara Reservoir;
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), 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),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

at Narayama Park;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)

オシドリ, 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,
カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, オオバン, イソシギ, カワラバト, キジバト, アオバト,
カワセミ, 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, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ヤマガラ,
ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, カラフトウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ミソサザイ, トラツグミ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ,
キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, シメ, イカル, アオジ, クロジ
2018 December 08
Mizumoto Park (Tokyo)
水元公園(東京)

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus)

Common Coot (Fulica atra atra)

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)

Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)

; all photos by T.Toyodome.
We visited Mizumoto Park (Mizumoto-Koen).

In the reservor, many ducks, mainly Eurasian Wigeons, Pochards and Tufted Ducks including some other species had already returned for wintering. Among them, there were several hybrid species; Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (Anas penelope x A.americana).
There were also some grebes (Great Crested, Little).

At the sanctuary, it was the colony of Great Cormorant. There were many Great Cormorants and some of them were in the beautiful breeding form.
There was an immature Goshawk on a tree.

In the forest, there were tits (Japanese, Long-tailed), Honshu White-eyes and Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers were forming flocks and moving inside the trees.
Two Goldcrests were also moving busily inside the coniferous trees.
Winter birds, such like thrush, brambling, were not found. Their arrival seemed delaying. Only one Japanese Hawfinch was found this time.

We also saw Common Kingfishers, the mascot of this park, everywhere in the water channels.

The birds observed are;
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (Anas penelope x A.americana),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus), Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
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),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

オカヨシガモ, 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, ホシハジ, 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, オオタカ, バン, オオバン,
ユリカモメ, 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, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ, 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, シメ, アオジ
2018 December 07
Tokyo Bay, Shin-Urayasu area (Chiba)
東京湾・新浦安(千葉)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

Falcated Duck (Anas falcata)

Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri)

; all photos by T.Kawase.
This is a report by T.Kawase about birding at Shin-Urayasu area of Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture.

According to the sighting information, I looked for a Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata stellata), but unfortunately I could not find it.
Instead, I saw a Long-tailed Duck which is uncommon in the Tokyo area. The bird stayed for only a short time on the water surface and immediately dived in, so it was hard to take pictures.

And at the almost end of the birding, I somehow could watch a White-winged Scoter (Siberian) at the far distance.

The birds observed are;
Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica), White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri),
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

ヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, オナガガモ, スズガモ, ビロードキンクロ, コオリガモ, ウミアイサ,
カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, コサギ, カワウ, オオバン, イソシギ,
ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, ユリカモメ, イソヒヨドリ, タヒバリ
2018 December 07
Jike Hometown-village (Yokohama)
寺家ふるさと村(横浜)

Ferruginous Pochard (Aythya nyroca)

Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)
"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 mixed trees.
At the end of these small valleys, there are small tranquil reservoirs.
This area maintains the rural scenery of traditional Yokohama.

It was so warm that it was seemed like spring not as the winter day in December.
The birds; such as Japanese Bush Warbler, Japanese Woodpecker and Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, sang as if they were mistakenly recognizing the season as spring.
In the reservoir, there were some ducks and a Littel Grebe. The ducks were Pochards, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks and a Ferruginous Pochard. Ferruginous Pochard is very rare in Tokyo area. This individual may be the same one which was recorded in this area in last season.
There were a few flocks of Rustic Bunting foraging on the rice field after harvest.
I did not see any thrushs and raptors this time. I wondered that their arrival was delaying in this season due to the warm weather.

The birds observed were;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Ferruginous Pochard (Aythya nyroca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), 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),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

コジュケイ, カルガモ, ホシハジロ, メジロガモ, カイツブリ, キジバト, カワセミ, 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, ルリビタキ, 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, カシラダカ
2018 December 02
Akigase Park & Lake Sai (Saitama)
秋ヶ瀬公園&彩湖(埼玉)

Ducks in Lake Sai

Pond and forest of Picnic-no-Mori

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)?
We visited Akigase Park (Akigase-Koen) and Lake Sai (Sai-Ko) to search for the wintering birds.

At first, we visited Sakuraso Park.
As soon as we reached the park, we heard the calls and watched a few Japanese Hawfinches.
I tried to look for Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes) or Japanese Wryneck (Jynx torquilla japonica), but could not see them.

We walked towards Lake Sai. By the side of the water channel on the way to the lake, we saw a few Masked Buntings and Rustic Buntings in the bush.
There were a Long-taled Rosefinch and a Daurian Redstart, too.
Northern Long-eared Owl (Asio otus otus), the regular winter visiter at this water channel, was not seen. It might not have come yet.
In the water channel, there were some ducks such as, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Pochards, Mallards and Eurasian Teal/Common Teals and Common Coots.
In the reed field near the lake, we saw some Meadow Buntings, Rustic Buntings and Masked Buntings moving inside the reeds. However, we could not find any Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina).
On the trees in the reed field, some Dusky Thrushes and Eastern Oriental Turtle-Doves were resting.
There was neither hawk nor kite except for one Japanese Buzzard in the reed field this time.

In the lake, there were many ducks, but they were very far and we could recognize Pochard and Great Crested Grebe only.
There were some Siberian Black-headed Gulls, too.

Then we moved to Picnic-no-Mori.
It was quiet in the forest, and we saw a small number of birds such as; Japanese Hawfinch, Japanese Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Masked Bunting and Japanese Bush Warbler. We heard a Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin singing.
In a pond, many ducks were gathering. Most of them were Mallards and there were a Falcated Duck and a Tufted Duck (or Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica )?) among them.

The birds we observed are;
Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)?
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
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),
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),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

ヨシガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, スズガモ? カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, カワウ, ノスリ, オオバン,
ユリカモメ, 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, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ,
ハクセキレイ, 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
2018 December 01&02
Mouth of Yamato River, Sakai Shore (Umitono Fureaihiroba), Kita-ike & Momoyama Park (Osaka Prefecture)
大和川河口,堺 海とのふれあい広場,堺北池&吹田 桃山公園(大阪)

Mouth of Yamato River

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) at front & Vega Gull (Larus vegae) at behind

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Large flock of gulls

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Mew Gulls (Larus canus)

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Pond in Momoyama Park

American Wigeon (Anas americana)

Unidentified gull. Possibly Relict Gull? at center

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

I visited this place with some hope to meet the Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), which has been staying in this region since November but has appeared quite irregularly.

Upon arrival in the morning, there were only few or no gulls (the tern has been usually seen with these gulls). As time passed, gulls started gathering and all observers were keenly searching for the tern, but this bird did not appear on both days.

We instead enjoyed observing gulls.
The majority was initially Vega Gulls (Larus vegae), then Black-tailed Gulls (Larus crassirostris) and Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) later arrived.
There were a few number of Slaty-backed Gulls (Larus schistisagus) and Mew Gulls (Larus canus).
They were actively bathing or taking a rest here around noon. After that, the tide rose and these gulls flew in a large flock and returned to the sea.

During these observations, we could see several raptors.
An Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) was staying around and flew a few times. Also a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and Western Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) appeared several times and caught fish on one of the occasions.

After 2 p.m., the river was filled with water and there were no gulls.
On the first day, we went to the nearby seaside Sakai Shore (Umitono Fureaihiroba) with slight hope to meet the tern here.
There were many Western Ospreys (nearly ten), a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), several flying gulls but we could not find the tern.
We then moved to Kita-ike Pond (Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture), where the Baer's Pochard (Aythya baeri) (cf. the article for 2018 January 13) returned again in this season.
We could not, however, find this duck. The duck might have been staying in a nearby different pond.

On the second day, we moved to Momoyama Park (Suita city), where an American Wigeon (Anas americana) has repeatedly returned for many years.
There were other ducks, particularly Eurasian Widgeons (Anas penelope), Falcated Ducks (Anas falcata) and Northern Pintails (Anas acuta).
The American Wigeon was among them and it was seen very closely.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Widgeons (Anas penelope), American Wigeon (Anas americana),
Falcated Ducks (Anas falcata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Mew Gull (Larus canus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
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, アメリカヒドリ, ヨシガモ, オナガガモ,
ミサゴ, トビ, チョウゲンボウ, ハイタカ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, ウミアイサ,
オオバン, ユリカモメ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ, ウミネコ, カモメ,
ハクセキレイ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ
2018 November 28
Tenma Ooike (Inami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture)
天満大池(稲美町,兵庫)

Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae) & Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
I visited to see a juvenile of Lesser White-fronted Goose that seemed to have got separated from the flock.

When I reached the place reported, there was no photographer or birder.
I walked around the pond and farm fields. On the bank of the pond, I found the bird resting together with ducks.
This species is very nervous and It is difficult to observe closely in the wintering areas such as Miyagi Prefecture, but I could observe well this bird from the close distance.

In the pond, there were many Pochards, Great Crested Grebes, Great Cormorant and Little Egrets.
Many Siberian Black-headed Gulls flew on the pond, too.

The birds observed are::
Leser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
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),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カリガネ, マガモ, カルガモ, 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, コサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, オオバン, イソシギ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト,
ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, イソヒヨドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 November 28
Minoo Park (Osaka Prefecture)
箕面公園(大阪)

Minoo Waterfall in autumn coulour
Minoo Park (Minoo-Koen) is one of Japan's oldest parks. Often compared to Mt. Takao or Mt. Mitake near Tokyo, Minoo Park is a relaxing place to get away from the downtown Osaka.
In the autumn (late November), many tourists visit there to see a huge display of red and golden maple leaves.
In every month, Osaka Chapter of Japan Wild Bird Society helds the birding walking.

When I visited there, I met many persons taking walk and tourists, but I didn't encounter any birder or bird photographers.
The landscape with the trees in autumn colour and the limpid stream along the walking path was very beautiful. However, I sometimes heard tits' and bulbuls' callings only and there were not many birds.
At the upper stream side of Minoo Waterfall, I was able to observe Daurian Redstart, Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Grey Wagtail, and so on.
The way to the visitor center was a lot of trees destroyed by the super typhoon in August.

The birds observed are:
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki shikokuensis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta), Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジバト, シコクコゲラ, 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, ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, アオジ
2018 November 25
Mouth of Anou River (Tsu city, Mie Prefecture)
安濃川河口(津市,三重)

Mouth of Anou River

flapping Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) & Common Pochards (Aythya ferina)

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) at left & Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) at right

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) at behind & Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) at front

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

flock of ducks

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ano River (Ano-Gawa) in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.

After a report of Canvasback (Aythya valisineria), I visited this place.
The Canvasback was also recorded here in the previous season, but I was not lucky enough to meet the bird.

Upon arrival, most ducks were asleep and it was much harder than expected to distinguish the target species.
No one around was sure which was the true Canvasback, and I felt somewhat pressed since I didn't plan to spend much time here.

Some time later, a regular local birder appeared and ducks just started moving and the target bird was soon identified. Once identified, the bird was unmistakable and could be easily located even when it was asleep.

The bird was active only for 30 min (but did not forage) and became inactive again already after 9 a.m.
I was lucky to arrive here when the bird was active.

It was somewhat a pity that there were no Eurasian Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus), which are usually present in winter.

List of species:
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Canvasback (Aythya valisineria),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

カワウ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, キンクロハジロ, ホシハジロ, オオホシハジロ, ウミアイサ, オオバン,
キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, ヒバリ, ハクセキレイ, ジョウビタキ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ,
メジロ, ヒヨドリ, カワラヒワ, ホオジロ
2018 November 24
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

River & Reed field of Nishinoko

Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Lake Nishinoko with many ducks

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)
Lake Nishinoko (Nishi-no-Ko) is a marshy attached lake of Lake Biwa, and it was disignated as the Ramsar site in 2008.
In the area around Nishinoko today are the lakes Kitanoshousawa and Ibanaiko.
However, until about 70 years ago, there were also lakes such as Dainakanoko, Shyounakanoko, and Tsudanaiko, as well as a vast expanse of wetlands in the area. Rivers and underground water originating in the Suzuka Mountains flowed into these wetlands, preserving the environment.
Major land reclamation has reduced the total surface area of the inner lakes in Shiga Prefecture from 29.02 km2 in 1940 to 4.25 km2 today, which is only one-seventh of its area in 1940.
Today, nearby rivers are not reaching the wetlands, because the shape of the rivers have been artificially altered.
In the rich natural environment of Nishinoko, there are over 120 species of wild birds and it becomes a paradise, particularly for waterbirds that travel as winter birds, during autumn and winter. Waterbirds like water rails and dabbling ducks use the reed beds mostly as feeding grounds and to roost.
Over 100,000 waterbirds come to Lake Biwa to stay over the winter, while thousands come to Nishinoko for the same purpose.
Waterbirds use wide areas of the lake and reed beds as a feeding ground, resting area, and roost. Almost 50 species of waterbirds have been confirmed thus far, including species that are plankton-feeding, hydrophyte-feeding, and fish and aquatic insects-feeding.
Nishinoko appears to have the natural environment to accommodate this diverse variety of waterbirds.
From spring to summer, many birds including Little Grebes, Spot-bill Ducks, and Great Reed Warblers breed and young birds fledge from the nests.
There are also snipes, plovers, and hawks flying in the sky during the migration in spring and autumn.
In addition, groups of thousands of swallows, sparrows, and starlings form flocks from late summer to winter.
Meanwhile, species including endangered bitterns, Chinese Little Bitterns, and Eastern Marsh Harriers that require a wide area of reed beds are also present. Of them, the Eastern Marsh Harrier is a creature at the top of the ecosystem as Raptors, and their magnificent figure circling over the reed beds in Nishinoko symbolizes the richness of its natural environment.
Influences of human activities on the birds, however, are a growing concern, including change of timing of reed burning and excessive leisure use.

I visited Lake Nishinoko with the guide by A.T..
When the wind blows, it is very cold at the site, so we were worried about the weather, but it was calm and very warm on that day.

On the way to the lake from the bus stop, there were some birds in the paddy fields such as Dusky Thrush, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Black Kite and Japanese Skylark. But they were not so active probably because it was slightly earlier.

At first, we stayed at the river side and checked the birds in the reed field and the river.
There were some anglers and there were no waterfowls in the river. Only a Common Kingfisher flew fast on the river.
In the reed field, we saw Meadow Buntings, Reed Buntings and a Chestnut-eared Bunting.
After a while, the birds became more active, and Japanese Skylarks started sing loudly.
Some Long-tailed Rosefinches sang well in the reed field near the river but they did not appear.
An Eastern Marsh-Harrier flew low slowly over the reed field and then perched on a small tree.

On the path towards a vegetable field inside the reed field, some Meadow Buntings and Rustic Buntings were foraging.

Then we moved to an overlook of the lake and see the waterbirds.
There were many ducks and grebes in the lake. Most of the ducks were dabbling duck and diving ducks were very few. We could not find any Pochard. I think it happened incidentally, but there was no heron in the lake.

After watching waterfowls in the lake, we walked along the lake side. In the paddy field, there were many Reed Buntings calling and flew away when we approached.
Three Ospreys flew together and I felt the richness of this field.
There were some Japanese Hawfinches among the trees at the open space.
Among the trees along the river, one Great Spotted Woodpecker and some Dusky Thrushes were busy moving around, but suddenly they flew all together. It seems that a hawk, Goshawk(?), attacked them.

List of species:
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula clangula),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)?
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
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),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata fucata),
Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

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, キンクロハジロ, ホオジロガモ,
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, アオサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, オオタカ?
オオバン, キジバト, カワセミ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, 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, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ,
ベニマシコ, シメ, ホオジロ, ホオアカ, カシラダカ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2018 November 23
Izumi (Kagoshima)
出水(鹿児島)

Hooded Crane (Grus monacha)

White-naped Crane (Grus vipio)

Eastern Common Crane (Grus grus lilfordi)

Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi)

: all photos by H.Usui
This is a report by H.Usui about birding at Izumi in Kagoshima Prefecture.

I visited Izumi for crane watching.

At Izumi City Crane Center, the number of the cranes was indicated as;
- 12,000 Hooded Cranes
- 3,000 White-naped Cranes
- 10 Eastern Common Cranes
- 4 Arctic Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis canadensis)
During my observation, I found two Eastern Common Cranes.

When I was watching Northern Lapwings in the paddy fields, I found a few Siberian Common Starlings nearby, too.

The birds reported are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
White-naped Crane (Grus vipio), Eastern Common Crane (Grus grus lilfordi), Hooded Crane (Grus monacha),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
Siberian Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris poltaratskyi),
etc.

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, クロツラヘラサギ, アマサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ,
マナヅル, クロヅル, ナベヅル, タゲリ, ハマシギ, ミヤマガラス, ホシムクドリ, 他
2018 November 23
Tenma Ooike (Inami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture)
天満大池(稲美町,兵庫)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)





Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

: All photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Tenma Ooike in Inami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture.

I visited to this pond after reports of a Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus), which is a rare species in this region of Japan.

As soon as I reached the pond, I found a group of photographers who were spotting something below them.
I wondered what they were spotting, but the objective turned out to be an extremely close Lesser White-fronted Goose. The goose was eating grasses on the bank of the pond, and people can observe the bird only from 10-20 meters away. The bird was not afraid of people, and even did not fly away when a jogger passed on a road just above the bird.

After eating, the bird flew to the pond and drank water for a while, and then returned to the bank for grazing. This behavior was repeated several times. Sometimes the bird swam for some distance and took a rest on construction in the pond, but soon returned to its favorite grazing place.

There were several ducks such as Eurasian Widgeons (Anas penelope) and Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata).
Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae) were abundant on an island in the pond.
On my return way, a Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flew above. Although I didn't explore different parts of the pond (there are three districts in the pond and the goose was in the north region), there were relatively large number of Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus).

List of species:
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

カリガネ, アオサギ, コサギ, カワウ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ,
カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, オナガガモ, ホシハジロ, キンクロハジロ, オオバン,
ミサゴ, トビ, キジバト, コゲラ, カワセミ, ヒバリ, ハクセキレイ,
ムクドリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ
2018 November 21
Miyagase (Kanagawa)
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi) in Lake Miyagase reflecting autumn colour

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus)
We visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) again. It was cold and we needed to wear gloves.
We could see Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins and Long-tailed Rosefinches well this time.
Furthermore, we confirmed a Japanese Accentor moving inside the bush.
We saw a flock of Brambling, too.
Most of the wintering members at this site had arrived at.

The birds observed (* recorded by other birders) were;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)?
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

コジュケイ, オシドリ, マガモ, ホシハジロ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ミソサザイ, シロハラ? ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ,
カヤクグリ, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ
2018 November 19
Cemetery Tama (Fuchu, Tokyo)
多磨霊園(府中,東京)

Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis)
We visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) to search for the Goldcrests which were recorded the day before.

In the circumstance that the number of birds is fewer than the ordinary autumn, probably due to a Goshawk which was flying in the forest, the birds were quietly hiding except for raising the warning calls when the Goshawk approached.
Only some Japanese Bush Warblers were making calls well.

We searched for the Goldcrests, but it was not easy.
However there were some local photographers gathered and taking photos of the birds. Thanks for them, we could see the Goldcrests busily moving in the trees.

The birds observed are;
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
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),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)

オオタカ, 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, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, オオムシクイ? メジロ, キクイタダキ, シロハラ
2018 November 18
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)

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans)

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

; all photos by S.Niwa
This is a report by young birder, S.Niwa, about birding at the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi).

While I was looking for Merlin or Russet Sparrow in Itakura, a Hen Harrier appeared suddenly and I was so much surprised.
When observing roosting of harriers, it was fun to see Merlin flying straight and fast into the roost.

The birds reported are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Tundra Swan/Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii bewickii),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, コハクチョウ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, 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, 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, カワラバト, キジバト, オナガ, 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,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ジョウビタキ, ニュウナイスズメ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ,
オオカワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2018 November 18
Tokyo Bay, Urayasu area (Chiba)
東京湾・浦安(千葉)

Urayasu area of Tokyo Bay with big flock of seabirds

Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)









Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata stellata)

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis)

Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

; all photos by R.Kinomura.
This is a report by young birder R.Kinomura about birding at Urayasu area of Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture.

I visit Urayasu area to search for a Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver which had been recorded at this area.
The diver came closely swimming around five or six times.
It provided the big services such as catching two large fishes and one small fish, or flapping its wing seven or eight times.

I heard that White-winged Scoter (Siberian) (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri) and Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus auritus) had arrived, but I couldn't find them.

I also observed Eastern Peregrine Falcon, Common Kestrel, Osprey, and Red-breasted Merganser.

The birds observed are;
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator),
Red-throated Loon/Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata stellata),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
etc.

スズガモ, ウミアイサ, アビ, ハジロカイツブリ, チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, 他
2018 November 18
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Falcated Duck (Anas falcata)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)



Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

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

It was a sunny day just as one the day one week before.
Although there was no surprise of an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) as on November 11, a Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) unexpectedly flew up with its characteristic voice from a paddy field as I walked.

As the season progressed, common species such as Bull-headed Shrikes (Lanius bucephalus), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides) and Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) became less vocal.
Daurian Redstarts (Phoenicurus auroreus) were not as active as before.

I observed birds in reeds for about two hours.
Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) had become much more abundant and I could hear their calls everywhere.
The same was true for Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus).
I could not hear, however, rare birds such as the Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus).

I then moved to the place to see waterbirds.
The lake was not much disturbed by fishing boats and waterbirds were present, but were mostly distant.
It was, however, much more enjoyable when I sat and waited for an hour. Various kinds of waterbirds appeared one by one.
During this observation, an Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) appeared, and while observing this, another individual appeared and flew together. They sometimes issued calls. I heard the call of this species only rarely here, and it was a valuable moment.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Smew (Mergellus albellus),
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra),
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
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),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, 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,
キンクロハジロ, ミコアイサ, ホオジロガモ, オオバン, タゲリ, ケリ, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ,
ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, 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, ウグイス,
ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, タヒバリ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ,
アトリ, アオジ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン, シメ
2018 November 18
Middle-reaches of Sagami River (Atsugi, Kanagawa)
相模川中流域(厚木,神奈川)

Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba)

House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus)
I participated the birding walking held at the middle reaches of Sagami River (Sagami-Gawa) near Hon-Atsugi Station of Odakyu Line by the Kanagawa Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan and Fureai Baird Watching Club.
We started the birding from Sakai Sport Playground.
We found a mix flock of Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) and Black-backed Wagtail on the play ground without baseball players.
At the weir (Sagami Ozeki), there were some ducks (Gadwall, Falcated, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Eastern Spot-billed, Pochard) at the far distance.
A lot of Great Egret were lined up on top of the weir facility.
Three Common Mergansers were seen in the river, too.
I searched for buntings in the reed field on the riverbed, but I could not find. Only a Rustic Bunting was recorded by some participants.
Some House Swifts, the resident in this field, were flying in the sky.
Some raptors (Osprey, Black Kites, Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Japanese Buzzards) also appeared.
Two Dusky Thrushes, which might have just arrived at the field, were perching on a tree.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata), 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), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
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),
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),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
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 kawarahiba),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius)

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, ホシハジロ,
カワアイサ, カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ハイタカ, ノスリ, オオバン, イカルチドリ, イソシギ, ユリカモメ,
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, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, ツグミ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
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, ベニマシコ, シメ, カシラダカ
2018 November 17
Kohoku Wild Bird-Center (Shiga Prefecture)
湖北野鳥センター(滋賀)

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Mew Gull (Larus canus), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)



Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) & Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) at behind

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) & Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) & Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)



Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii)



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.

After a report of a Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), I visited Kohoku Wild birds Center.
I initially sought the bird in front of the Center, but I couldn't find it.
Since I wasn't aware of the behavior of this bird, I thought that the bird might be among distant flocks and I tried to search it in vain. I was then suddenly called by a staff of the Center, who arrived before opening the Center, and I was told that the bird was on the northern shore, not in front of the center.

When I arrived, the bird was immediately found, and it was active while I observed through the binoculars from some distance. The bird soon became inactive when I approached and started taking photos. The bird was floating long time, and rarely showed its red bill. It started to rain and I had to observe under an umbrella with slight hope to see the bird active again. The situation did not change even after the rain was over. It was, however, first time for me to see the male of this species at such a close distance (the bird was immediately recognizable by its great size even with the naked eyes).

During return to the Center, I saw a flock of Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) actively foraging near Noda-numa.
I saw only two Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) in front of the Center in the morning, but several birds flew above rice paddies on the way to the Center.

At the Center, there were less birds then in the morning in front of the Center, and we were scanning the lake to check the species.
I was considering when to leave here after the successful mission.
The mountains (including Mt. Yamamoto) was beautiful with yellow and orange leaves, and people said that it would be fantastic if the Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), which has been regularly wintering here for the last 20 years, flew among these leaves. We, however, knew that the season was still too early for the visit of this eagle and didn't have much expectation and again continued watching the lake.
Bean Geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii), which were present in early morning, but were absent when I returned to the Center, started to return and took a rest in front of the Center.
The behavior of these birds, however, was somewhat different from their ordinary one. The Center was under repair construction and the birds probably somewhat feared the large construction instruments.

While we were watching these birds, there was suddenly a voice of "Steller's sea eagle!".
One of the staffs, who was scanning Mt. Yamamoto, found this bird unexpectedly perched on a tree at 11:20. The Center became full excitement and staffs rushed to the place to confirm whether the same individual returned.
They also called the local photographers and newspaper companies. The arrival was the earliest recorded for this individual, and the Center was not yet fully prepared for such an early arrival. I also left the Center to see the bird closer.

The bird was sitting on a tree for a long time, and I saw once when the bird flapped the wings and moved to a nearby tree. After observations of an hour or so, I returned to the Center, confirming on the way that the bird was still on the same tree.

However, when I entered the Center and looked through the telescope, I found that the eagle was absent!
The staffs started to search the bird again, but was not found. Some time later, there was a phone call that the bird hunted several minutes before and now it was eating in a place hidden from us.
A keen-eyed staff eventually discovered the white spot moving behind the suspected tree, and the yellow beak was occasionally seen. It was a very difficult target and it was just a white spot to many visitors.
The Center staff even gave up pointing the live camera, which is usually used to show the bird on a display.
After a while, the bird became even difficult to observe and I left the Center. During my stay, the phone was ringing every minutes due to these two conspicuous species.
According to birders returned from the field, the Red-crested Pochard did not became active again and moved away and became lost in distance.
Birders who arrived in the afternoon could not see this pochard.
It was lucky for me that I arrived here in the morning, and met such an excited moment of the arrival of the eagle.

List of species (* recorded by Center staffs):
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus),
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis middendorffii),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Falcated Duck (Anas falcata) * Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata),
* Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), 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), Mew Gull (Larus canus), Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
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),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

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,
アカハシハジロ, 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, ユリカモメ, カモメ, ウミネコ, オオワシ, ミサゴ, トビ, ハイタカ,
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, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ, カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2018 November 16, 20
Mouth of Hitotsuse River (Sadowara, Miyazaki City & Shintomi-cho, Miyazaki)
一つ瀬川河口(宮崎市佐土原&新富町,宮崎)

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi sinensis)

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola)

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

: all photos by H.Usui
This is a report by H.Usui about birding at Mouth of Hitotsuse River in Sadowara, Miyazaki City and Shintomi-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture.

I visited the mouth of Hitotsuse River at the northern part of Miyazaki Prefecture.
Sadohara area is located at the left bank and Shintomi-cho is at the right bank of the river.

There was a Richard's Pipit which is the rare species in Japan.
A lot of Japanese Skylarks were on the grassland of the river bank.
A flock of Grey Plover were flying showing their characteristic half-moon black mottled on the flank.
I saw thirteen Black-faced Spoonbills.
Common Kestrel observed in thie field is whitish and the winter bird.

According to the local birder, the Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) stayed only one week in October and left the site.

The birds reported are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia major), Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Hooded Crane (Grus monacha),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi sinensis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
etc.

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, ヘラサギ, クロツラヘラサギ, チョウゲンボウ, ミサゴ, トビ, ハイタカ,
ナベヅル, セイタカシギ, ダイゼン, オオソリハシシギ, アオアシシギ, ソリハシシギ, イソシギ, ミユビシギ, ハマシギ,
セグロカモメ, クロハラアジサシ, ツバメ, ヒバリ, ジョウビタキ, マミジロタヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, 他
2018 November 15
Sakata Yama in Suzaka City (Nagano Prefecture)
須坂市坂田山共生の森(長野)

Sakata Yama Park

Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)

A trail with autumn leaves

; all photos by T.Endo
This is a report by T.Endo about birding at Sakata Yama in Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture.

Sakata Yama Forest Park is typical Satoyama woodlands in northern Nagano Prefecture.
The secondary forest is composed of red pines, cedars, Japanese larch trees, and native broad leaved deciduous trees. Walking trails in the forest have been well maintained and considered as favorite hiking trails for neighbors.

I visited this place expecting some winter birds.
During the walk I was frozen to hear noises on the ground behind a bush very closed to me because Asiatic Black Bears were often found around the mountain. At the next moment, to my relief, a flock of pheasants flew away from the bush. I saw a banded long tail of a pheasant, characteristic to male Copper Pheasants (Syrmaticus soemmmerringii).
Some Yellow-throated Buntings (Emberiza elegans) seen among a flock of Siberian Meadow Buntings (Emberiza cioides), probably, were temporal visitors found only in November here.
As winter birds, I only observed a young male Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) and a male Durian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus).
Rustic Buntings and Naumann’s Thrushes abundant here during winter have not yet arrived.

List of species:
Copper Phaesant (Syrmaticus soemmmerringii),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black Kite (Milvus Migrans),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Grey Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Siberian Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides), Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans)

ヤマドリ,カルガモ,アオサギ,トビ,アカゲラ,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,ヒヨドリ,ウグイス,メジロ,ムクドリ,ジョウビタキ,ルリビタキ,
セグロセキレイ,ハクセキレイ,キセキレイ,スズメ,カワラヒワ、ホオジロ,ミヤマホオジロ
2018 November 15
Miyagase (Kanagawa)
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Lake Miyagase covered its surface with dropped leaves

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris)

Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)
I visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) again. The forest road and the surface of the lake were covered with a lot of the dropped leaves.
I tried again to see the birds; such as Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin and Long-tailed Rosefinch, which I could not see on the last visit one week ago.
There were both birds in the field, but I could see several Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins only. One Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin was singing well.
The Long-tailed Rosefinches were recorded by other birders.
I saw a Pale Thrush which might have just arrived.
Also I saw some Grey Buntings as same as the last visit but the number became fewer.

The birds observed (* recorded by other birders) were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), * Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
* Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

*他の観察者による
オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ホシハジロ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ハイタカ, *クマタカ, アオバト, ヤマセミ, コゲラ, 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, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, オオムシクイ? ガビチョウ, ソウシチョウ, メジロ, シロハラ,
ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, セグロセキレイ, カワラヒワ, *ベニマシコ,
ホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ
2018 November 14
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎)

diving Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus)

Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus) & Egrets

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area again.
On this day I visited, the late first snow fell in Hokkaido and also the cold wind from the north blew in the suburbs of Tokyo.
There were some new winter visitors in the field such as; Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Great Egret, Siberian Black-headed Gull and Japanese Hawfinch.
Raptors; Eastern Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, werre also newly observed in this field.
On the upstream side of the weir, there were still few but I saw ducks and grebes.
Many Black-headed Gulls and herons gathered in the shallow water, and they were catching small fishes.
Near the weir, there was a big flock of Little Egrets.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Gadwall (Anas strepera strepera), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
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),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
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),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
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), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

キジ, オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, 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, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, トビ, ノスリ,
オオバン, イソシギ, ユリカモメ, 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, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, 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, タヒバリ, オオカワラヒワ, シメ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2018 November 12
Cemetery Tama (Fuchu, Tokyo)
多磨霊園(府中,東京)

Forest of Cemetery Tama in the autumn colour

Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)
We visited Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) to see how the wintering birds were in this field.

The very hot days had been continued until just before and there had been almost no bird or birder/photographer in the field. However the number was not many but they returned back.
Especially, birds gathered around the water place. Among them, there were some Masked Bunting and a Pale Thrush, the regular winter birds in this field.
We heard the call of Grey-bellied Bullfinch.

The Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka jotaka) that was recorded the day before was already left the site.

The birds observed are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
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), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
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),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

コジュケイ, ハイタカ, 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, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, メジロ, シロハラ, ウソ, アオジ
2018 November 11
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)

Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans)



Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)



Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator) & Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
After the birding in Oku-Nikko, we visited the paddy fields in Itakura and Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi) in the afternoon together with a young birder, R.Kinomura.
In the paddy field of Itakura Town, there were some Russet Sparrows, an Eastern Marsh-Harrier, a Merlin and a big flock of Eastern Rooks including some Daurian Jackdaws.
Then, we moved to the reed field of Watarase Retarding Basin to see the roosting of the harriers and merlins.
At the time of sun set, we saw several Eastern Marsh-Harriers and Merlins coming back to the reed field. We saw some big flocks of White-cheeked Starling which looked like clouds.
We expected to see Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), but it did not appear during our observation.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eurasian Great Egret (Ardea alba alba),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Merlin (Falco columbarius insignis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Daurian Jackdaw (Coloeus dauuricus), Eastern Rook (Corvus frugilegus pastinator),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus rutilans), Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

キジ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, チョウゲンボウ, コチョウゲンボウ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ,
タシギ, カワラバト, キジバト, モズ, コクマルガラス, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ムクドリ, ニュウナイスズメ, スズメ, キセキレイ, タヒバリ, ホオジロ
2018 November 11
Oku-Nikko (Tochigi)
奥日光(栃木)

Senjyogahara Plateau

Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis)
; photo by R.Kinomura

White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus)
; photo by R.Kinomura

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus)
; photo by R.Kinomura
We visited oku-Nikko to search the wintering birds together with a young birder, R.Kinomura.
Oku-Nikko is a highland adjascent to the histrical town Nikko.
In Oku-Nikko, there are several very good birding spots such as Chuzenji Lake, Yunoko Lake, Senjyogahara Plateau, and Odashirogahara Plateau.
We can enjyoy birding here during whole year.

At first, we visited Kotoku Marsh to look for a Solitary Snipe which was recorded and reported by a local ranger.
We looked for the snipe carefully from the walking trail, but we couldn't find it. When we went near the narrow stream near the hill at the dead end of the trail, suddenly a snipe flew away.
Though we saw the bird, we could not observe it very well. We visited the place again after a while, but unfortunately we couldn't see it again.

At Senjyogahara Plateau near Akanuma, we saw flocks of Brambling and Eurasian Siskin.
In the forest, there were many Dusky Thrushes forming big flocks, too.
In the stream, there were many Mallards.

In Lake Yunoko, there were not many ducks.

At the last, we visited the farm field adjacent to Senjo-gahara, we saw some Long-tailed Rosefinches in the grassfield but there were not buntings.

The birds observed are;
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria japonica),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fumigatus),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Brown Dipper (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, ハジロカイツブリ, ノスリ, オオバン, アオシギ,
カワラバト, 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, コガラ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ミソサザイ, ゴジュウカラ,
ツグミ, カワガラス, アトリ, オオカワラヒワ, マヒワ, ベニマシコ, ウソ, シメ, イカル
2018 November 10-11
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus) & frightened ducks

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) be fed by a vessel

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) & Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) approached

Harmless? Eastern Buzzard & Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus)

Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)



Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

: 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 Nishinoko again two days in a row.
The first day was after rain, and it soon became windy.
Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus) were active in the morning, and as the bird flew near the water, frightened ducks often flew up.

Due to the wind, passerine birds were not as active as in the last visit a week ago. I could, however, heard the call of a Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) twice.
After then, it became too windy to continue observation.
During return from the lake, Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were fed by a vessel in a water canal, and they gathered tourists' attraction.

On the next day, there was a birding walking held by the Shiga Chapter of the Wild Bird Society of Japan, and I partly joined it.
It was fine all the day and the condition was much better than the previous day.

As soon as I reached the place, an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) was resting on a very close pole and I could observe it fully.
A Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) even approached the buzzard, and later even Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) perched close to the buzzard. It looked like that the buzzard seemed to be harmless for these small birds.

Near the lake, Eastern Marsh Harriers were less active than the preceding day, but two birds appeared high above and soared in the blue sky.

We spent some time where I heard the Dusky Warbler, but there was no voice on this day.
We then walked the ordinary route of birding walking and reached the place where we could see ducks in the lake. They were somewhat difficult to see due to the distance and intervening high grasses.
The most remarkable finding was the presence of a male common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) in full breeding plumage, rare in such a place in this season.
It was lucky that the lake had not been disturbed by fishing boats before our observation. There soon appeared boats and these ducks moved or flew away.

We again returned the canals with reeds, and mainly observed Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus).
Although Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) were present, they were mostly only found by voice. I was lucky enough to take a photo of flying this bird.

In the canal, a juvenile Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) quickly moved across it. While we were walking along the canal, this bird was fortunately again found while foraging.

We then moved to Nishinoko Enchi, where we observed a Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes).
Around the noon, a Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flew repeatedly to search for fish.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis),
Gadwall (Anas strepera), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Merlin (Falco columbarius),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone), Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

カイツブリ, カンムリカイツブリ, ハジロカイツブリ, オカヨシガモ, ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ,
ミコアイサ, ホシハジロ, ホオジロガモ, オオバン, バン, キジバト, カワウ, アオサギ, ダイサギ,
ミサゴ, トビ, チュウヒ, ノスリ, カワセミ, チョウゲンボウ, コチョウゲンボウ, モズ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ムジセッカ, ジョウビタキ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ,
カワラヒワ, ベニマシコ, アトリ, アオジ, カシラダカ, ホオジロ, オオジュリン, シメ
2018 November 09
Miyagase, Kanagawa
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans)

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
I visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) again.
Despite the weather forecast of cloudy, it rained at the beginning and end of my birding.
I looked forward to seeing the birds; such as Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus) or Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus), which I saw on the same day of the last year, but their arrival seemed late this year and I couldn't see this time.
However I saw a Yellow-headed Bunting which is rare to see in this field.
Also I saw some Grey Buntings as same as the last visit.
I saw many Mandarin Ducks in the lake and a flock of around ten White-bellied Green-Pigeons in the sky. They looked relaxing probably because they might not need to scare raptor which should not appear in the rain.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica kawarahiba),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ホシハジロ, アオサギ, カワウ, トビ,
アオバト, コゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, ガビチョウ, メジロ, ジョウビタキ, オオカワラヒワ, イカル,
ホオジロ, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ
2018 November 07
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Inagi, Tokyo)
多摩川中流(稲城)

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus)

Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)
I visited Tama River (Tama-Gawa) in the Inagi area again.
Some new winter visitors; Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) and Goshawk, were observed.
However, in this basin, there were not any ducks except for one Spotted-billed Duck. It seems that the arrival of wintering ducks is late.
On the play ground on the river bed without player, there were many wagtails and Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian)s instead.
Two Common Kingfishers were chasing each other very busily.

The birds observed were;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
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),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

カルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ, トビ, オオタカ, ノスリ, 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, 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, タヒバリ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2018 November 04
Katakai Port (Chiba)
片貝港(千葉)

Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)

Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica)

Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis)











Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor minor)

; all photos by R.Kinomura.
This is a report by young birder R.Kinomura about birding at Katakai Port at Kujukuri Beach (Kujukuri Kaigan) in Chiba Prefecture.

Great Frigatebird, a rare stray bird In Japan, has been observed in this area since August.
This time was the second try for him to search for the bird. He missed it on October 07.

When I arrived at the fishing port, the Great Frigatebird didn't fly around the port.
I wondered that it had already left the site and I missed again. But I found it flying at the direction of the beach, and when I went there, it flew so close at 2 or 3 meters distance.
It was happy to see it chasing a Black-tailed Gull and catching a fish.

It started raining, and the bird stopped in the antenna once. After that, the rain became weaker and it flew again.
Then a Great Cormorant stopped at the antenna, and the Great Frigatebird tried to stop on the antenna but it couldn't and went away finally.

I saw a Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk too.

The birds observed are;
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor minor),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
etc.

オオグンカンドリ, ハイタカ, ミヤコドリ, スズガモ, イソヒヨドリ, ウミネコ, 他
2018 November 04
Lake Nishinoko (Shiga Prefecture)
西の湖(滋賀)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

male

female

Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

Ducks being frightened by Eastern Marsh Harrier

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

: 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 this place to see Eastern Marsh Harriers (Circus spilonotus) and potentially find rare migratory birds as in the last year.

It was dark in the morning, but Eastern Marsh Harriers occasionally flew to search for food.
Ducks were sometimes frightened by the flight of this harrier.

There were already a number of winter passerine birds, such as Common Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus), Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) and Dusky Thrushes (Turdus eunomus).
Daurian Redstarts (Phoenicurus auroreus) were also present everywhere.
Both this species and Bull-headed Shrikes (Lanius bucephalus) were the most prominent ones.

It started, however, to rain, and I moved to a place and waited for the rain to stop.
I mainly observed reed and grassy lands to search for buntings.
Probably thanks to dark condition (and the lack of people often running here), buntings did not afraid of me much and I could see them well.

Long-tailed Rosefinches (Carpodacus sibiricus) were still few in number, and I couldn't hear the call of the Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus), which was present in the last year.

While observing along the reeds, I heard a voice similar to the Japanese Bush Warbler, but lower. This voice was later identified as a Radde's warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi).

When the rain was over, an Eastern Marsh Harrier flew pretty close and flew far away from the lake.
I couldn't find this bird after this, when the weather improved.
Three Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus) were foraging on rice paddies.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Radde's warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
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)

アオサギ, カワウ, カイツブリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ヒドリガモ, コガモ, ケリ, オオバン, クイナ,
トビ, チュウヒ, モズ, キジバト, カワセミ, ヒバリ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
ジョウビタキ, ツグミ, ウグイス, カラフトムジセッカ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, スズメ, ヒヨドリ,
イカル, 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
2018 November 01
Miyagase, Kanagawa
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Miyagase Lake with rising vapour surrounded by autumn colour

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)
Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko) is 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.

It became below ten degrees Centigrade, and the vapor was raising from the surface of the Miyagase Lake and the forest changed its colour into red and yellow.
I wanted to see how many winter birds have arrived.
Yet the member and the number was not many, and some of them were hiding inside bushes and trees.
However I could find Mandarin Ducks, Coal Tits, Daurian Redstarts, Meadow Buntings and Masked Buntings. Most of them will stay this field during coming winter.
We need to wait other winter birds such like Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus sanguinolentus) for one or two weeks more.
I found the Grey Buntings which were forming flocks. They might be passing through this field and be going to move to other wintering site.
I saw a Crested Kingfisher, an Osprey, Brown Dippers and Mountain Hawk-Eagle which inhabit in this field.

The birds observed were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii pallasii),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, ホシハジロ, アオサギ, カワウ, ミサゴ, トビ, ツミ, クマタカ,
キジバト, ヤマセミ, コゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, オオムシクイ? ガビチョウ, ソウシチョウ, メジロ, ジョウビタキ, キビタキ,
カワガラス, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ, アオジ, クロジ
2018 October 29
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎,稲城)

Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) & Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi)

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Pochard (Aythya ferina)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki and Inagi areas.
There was no summer birds but the number of birds increased including some winter birds such as Masked Bunting and Daurian Redstart.
There were flocks of Brown-eared Bulbul and egrets (Little, Eastern Great, Grey). There were many wagtails flying actively.
Raptors such as Black Kite and Japanese Buzzard came back to the field, too.
Ducks were very few probably due to the fireworks displayed two days ago and many anglers in the river. However during observation, a flock of Pochard came.

The birds observed are;
Green Pheasant (kigis) (Phasianus versicolor robustipes),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
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), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
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),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
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, カルガモ, ホシハジロ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ,
カワウ, トビ, ノスリ, 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, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, ムクドリ, ジョウビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, オオカワラヒワ, ホオジロ, アオジ
2018 October 27-28
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿地(福井県敦賀市)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

; 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 arriving buntings.
It was rainy in the early morning on the first day and the weather condition was similar to what I experienced a week ago.
I saw, however, no Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri) as in the last week.
Probably since the number of the Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata) was expected to be small, there were no other birders nor banding operation.

In contrast to the last week, the field was full of calls of buntings. Most of them were Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) and some Rustic Buntings (Emberiza rustica). It was likely that I met a large migratory wave of Black-faced Buntings.
It was impossible (at least for me) to distinguish the Black-faced Buntings and the Japanese Yellow Bunting by calls, and it was difficult to search the latter.
Only on one occasion, a Japanese Yellow Bunting was found to forage within a group of Black-faced Buntings and I managed to obtain a video.

When it became warmer, some of Black-faced Buntings started singing, sometimes here and there.

While observing these buntings, I suddenly noticed a whitish raptor flying low on the sky. It was a migratory Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), and it must have been an individual which spent a night around this wetlands. I saw one on the first day and three on the second.

Around the buntings, a Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) was keenly watching the movement of these buntings, and when this shrike flew, buntings suddenly flew away.

Around the wetlands, I heard many Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina), at least six individuals on the second day.
There were also two Kamchatka Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus examinandus) calling. It was probably the final season of migration of these species.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
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),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese 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),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala),
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

カルガモ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト,
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, ジョウビタキ,
オオムシクイ, 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, イカル, アトリ, カワラヒワ, ノジコ, アオジ, カシラダカ, オオジュリン
2018 October 24-26
Kushiro & Tokachi areas (Hokkaido)
釧路&十勝エリア(北海道)

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser merganser) in Lake Shirarutoro

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris pallida)

Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)

Vast river bed of Tokachi River

flock of geese

Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla)

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor amurensis)

Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus jessoensis)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus japonicus)

Lake Akan
We visited Kushiro and Tokachi areas in Doutou, eastern-south part of Hokkaido just before the snow season.
In this season, we can see the Red-crowned Cranes which are gathering at Tsurui Village in Kushiro Wetland and the various migrant geese which are stopping over around the lower reaches of Tokachi River.

The first site we visited was Lake Shirarutoro in Kushiro Wetland.
In the lake, there were big flocks of migrant geese (Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's), Bean Goose) and resident Common Mergansers.
There were Whooper Swans and ducks, too.
We saw a Crested Kingfisher (M.l.pallida), the summer visitor in Hokkaido and the different subspecies from the Tokyo area, closely.

Then we drove to Tsurui Village.
At Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary (Tsurui Tancho Sanctuary), there was no crane since the feeding had not been started. But there were more than hundred Red-crowned Cranes gathered in the corn field after the harvest.

In the early morning of the second and third days, we visited Tokachigaoka Hill (180 meters) located north side of the middle reaches of Tokachi River.
Here we saw some summer and winter birds as well as the resident forest birds. We were happy to see the birds which cannot be seen in the Tokyo area such as; Hazel Grouse, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, and Marsh Tit, and the different subspecies such as; Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (D.k.seebohmi), Great Spotted Woodpecker (D.m.japonicus), Brandt's Jay (G.g.brandtii), Long-tailed Tit (A.c.japonicus), and Treecreeper (C.f.daurica).

On the second day, we visited the vegetable fields and marshes around the lower reachs of Tokachi River.
Many geese ware forming flocks and foraging in the field or resting in the marshes.
The dominant species was Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's). Bean Geese, Tundra White-fronted Geese, and Aleutian Geese were found in these flocks.
A flock of about thirty Snow Geese could also be seen.

At noon, we visited Otsu Fishing Port. There were sea ducks and gulls, but the number and types were not many.
Two White-tailed Eagles could be seen there.

In the evening, we visited Chiyoda New Channel in the middle reaches of Tokachi River.
There was a White-tailed Eagle which came to hunt salmons coming up the river for laying eggs, and were Common mergansers, Japanese Cormorants and ducks catching small fishes.

On the third day, after visiting Tokachigaoka Hill, we drove to Kiyomigaoka Park in Ikeda Town.
There were many woodpeckers such as; Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Grey-faced Woodpecker, which we cannnot see in the Tokyo area.

The final destination was Lake Akan.
We drove forest road no. 39 near Lake Akan.
Since it was noon time and the birds were not so active, but we could see many forest birds. Also, we glanced a Japanese Golden Eagle flying in the sky.

The birds observed are;
- at Lake Shirarutoro in Kushiro Wetland
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Common Coot (Fulica atra atra),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris pallida),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

- at Tsurui Village in Kushiro Wetland
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Brandt's Jay (Garrulus glandarius brandtii),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

- at Tokachigawa Spa Resort & Tokachigaoka Hill
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia vicinitas),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor amurensis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
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), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris daurica),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans)

- at area around the lower reachs of Tokachi River
Taiga Bean Goose (Middendorff's) (Anser fabalis middendorffii), Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris),
Greater White-fronted Goose (Tundra) (Anser albifrons albifrons), Snow Goose (Lesser) (Anser caerulescens caerulescens),
Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia),
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Buff-bellied Pipit/American Pipit (Siberian) (Anthus rubescens japonicus),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)

- at Otsu Fishing Port at the mouth of Tokachi River
Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens), Vega Gull (Larus vegae),
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

- at Chiyoda New Channel in the middle reaches of Tokachi River
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus),
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla),
Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

- at Kiyomigaoka Park in Ikeda Town
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor amurensis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus), Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus jessoensis),
Brandt's Jay (Garrulus glandarius brandtii),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis),
Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris hensoni), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus japonicus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Japanese Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes japonicus)

- at forest road near Lake Akan
Japanese Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki seebohmi), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major japonicus),
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), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Asian Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea asiatica),
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris daurica),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus), Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula rosacea)

エゾライチョウ, コウライキジ, オオヒシクイ, ヒシクイ, マガン, ハクガン, シジュウカラガン, オオハクチョウ,
ヒドリガモ, マガモ, コガモ, キンクロハジロ, スズガモ, カワアイサ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, ウミウ,
トビ, オジロワシ, ハイタカ, ノスリ, ニホンイヌワシ, オオバン, タンチョウ,
ウミネコ, ワシカモメ, 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,
エゾヤマセミ, エゾコゲラ, コアカゲラ, エゾアカゲラ, ヤマゲラ, モズ, 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, ヤマガラ, ハシブトガラ, コガラ, シマエナガ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, キクイタダキ,
シロハラゴジュウカラ, キタキバシリ, ムクドリ, アカハラ, ツグミ, スズメ, セグロセキレイ, タヒバリ,
アカウソ, シメ, イカル, ミヤマホオジロ, アオジ
2018 October 22
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba) & Kasai-Rinkai Park (Tokyo)
三番瀬(千葉)&葛西臨海公園(東京)

Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni)

Big flock of Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis)

Sandering (Calidris alba rubida)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina)

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola)

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

; all photos by R.Kinomura.
This is a report by young birders S.Niwa and R.Kinomura about birding at Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) in Chiba Prefecture and Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park) in Tokyo.

Today, we went for birding together at Sanbanze and Kasai-rinkai Park after long time.
We saw many kinds of shorebirds as listed below.
The Brown-eared Bulbuls formed big flocks around 200 and flew away.
At Kasai-rinkai Park, there were a Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis) and a Japanese Wryneck (Jynx torquilla japonica), but we could not see them during observation.
The Red Knot in Sanbanze came close to us about 2 to 4 meters from us. We were happy to see this bird which waited for us staying long period at this site.
The shorebirds were flying in the big flocks.
We are very happy to see many birds, and we felt that winter had come by the first observation of the Daurian Redstart in this season.

The birds observed are:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Greater Scaup (American) (Aythya marila nearctica),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni), Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi),
Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis), Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone 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),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, スズガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, ミヤコドリ, ダイゼン, シロチドリ, メダイチドリ,
オオソリハシシギ, イソシギ, オバシギ, コオバシギ, ミユビシギ, トウネン, ハマシギ,
ウミネコ, ユリカモメ, カワラバト, キジバト, 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, メジロ, ムクドリ, ジョウビタキ, ハクセキレイ
2018 October 20
Nakaikemi Wetland & Ikenokouchi Moor (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿地&池河内湿原(福井県敦賀市)

Visitor Center of Nakaikemi Wetland

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Walking Pass in Ikenokouchi Moor
I visited Nakaikemi Wetland (Nakaikemi-shicchi) in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture with the guide by A.T..

On the day, the cold front approached, and at around 7 a.m. on our arrival, it was raining lightly. After that, the rain stopped soon.
There were neither of other birders nor photographers at the site.

Two Japanese Wagtails on the roof of the visitor center, many Stejneger's Stonechats on the grassland, and flocks of Grey-capped Greenfinches on the surrounding woods were very active.
Many migrating Brown-eared Bulbuls were forming flocks and were passing above us.
We searched for the Yellow Buntings which should be stopping over at this site. We met Mr. Yoshida, the leader of the banding team of the site. According to him, it is so abnormal in this year that the extremely fewer number of Yellow Buntings had been recorded which he had never experienced. On the day the banding survey was not conducted due to rain.

While hearing to Mr. Yoshida, we heard a song of a Fairy Pitta from the mountain forest. We doubt our ears, but it was real.

I saw a flock of ducks looked like Mandarin Duck, and we walked to the ponds.
There were Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Mallards, Eurasian Wigeons and Eurasian Teal/Common Teals but not Mandarin Duck.

We saw a Goshawk and an Eastern Marsh-Harrier. The Eastern Marsh-Harrier flew low above the reed field at first and then flew up to the sky.

We walked around the wetland and tried to find Yellow Bunting.
Sometimes buntings flew and dashed into the reed field, but immediately they hid in the reeds, so we could not watch them well. By checking the color of the belly when flying, we identified it as as Rustic Bunting if it was white, and as Masked Bunting or Yellow Bunting if it was yellow.
It was near noon, and once we left the Nakaikemi Wetlands and drove to Ikenokochi Moor (Ikenokochi-Shitsugen).
Last time, when A.T. visited, he watched Mountain Hawk-Eagle there, but we did not expect so much due to the cloudy weather this time.
As predicted, the hawk did not appear during one hour of observation.

We returned back to Nakaikemi Wetland but the birds became less active. We closed birding and left the site.

The birds observed are:
- at Nakaikemi Wetlamnd
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Fairy Pitta (Pitta nympha),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)?
Thrush sp,
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus),
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus pyrrhulina)

- at Ikenokouchi Moor
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)?
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

ヒドリガモ, マガモ, カルガモ, コガモ, チュウダイサギ,
トビ, チュウヒ, オオタカ, キジバト, コゲラ, アオゲラ,
ヤイロチョウ, モズ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオムシクイ, メジロ, ノゴマ? ツグミ類,
ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, キビタキ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ,
アトリ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ホオジロ, カシラダカ, ノジコ, アオジ, オオジュリン
2018 October 18
Kyoto Imperial Garden (Kyoto)
京都御苑(京都)

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis)

Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)
I visited Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gyoen) in Kyoto with the expectation of autumn migratory birds and early winter birds.

This park was also affected by Typhoon Jebi seriously. A lot of fallen big trees were cut off from the root and cleared away for the purpose of park maintenance. In some areas, fallen trees still remained and were blocking the sidewalks.

Recently, Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroats, the migratory bird, had been seen at the field several times, and I could see a female on this day, too.

Some Japanese Grosbeaks, which is very popular in winter at this sites, were observed, too.

The birds observed were;
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Greater Kamchatkan Rubythroat (Calliope calliope camtschatkensis),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina), Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata)

マガモ, トビ, カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, 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, オオムシクイ, メジロ,
ノゴマ, キビタキ, オオルリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, イカル
2018 October 17
Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary (Osaka City)
大阪南港野鳥園港(大阪)

Water in Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)

Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
I visited Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary (Osaka Nan-Kou Yacho-En) in Osaka City.

On the way to the sanctuary from the railway station, I found some Kamchatka Leaf Warblers in the street trees.

In the sanctuary, I walked to the northern observation hide at first. The path to the hide was very rough with many broken trees or fallen branches damaged by Typhoon Jebi. On the path, there were many Kamchatka Leaf Warblers and Honshu White-eyes.
At the hide, I saw two Eastern Eurasian Curlews foraging in the tidal flat.
On the way back to the entrance, two Ospreys were flying grandly in the sky.
Near the entrance, I found a Grey-streaked Flycatcher.

At the west side forest, there were Kamchatka Leaf Warblers, a Narcissus Flycatcher and an Asian Brown Flycatcher.

The day I visited was Wednesday and the main observation tower was closing. But the gate was not locked and the door of the observation tower was opening, I could enter the observation tower.
From the tower, I could see some shorebirds at far distance. They were five Common Greenshanks, two Common Sandpipers and probably two Common Redshanks.
It was almost the end of the migration of the shorebirds, the number of them was not many.
Instead, there were some ducks, winter visitors.

The birds observed were;
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Eastern Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata orientalis), Central Asian Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ussuriensis)?
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
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),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

ヒドリガモ, カルガモ, オナガガモ, コガモ, カイツブリ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, カワウ,
ミサゴ, トビ, オオタカ, ダイシャクシギ, アカアシシギ? アオアシシギ, イソシギ,
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,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオムシクイ, メジロ, ムクドリ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, スズメ
2018 October 15-17
Island Tobi-shima (Yamagata)
飛島(酒田, 山形)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Radde's Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi)

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)

Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus)

Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis)

Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis)

Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans)

Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)

Phylloscopus [borealis] superspecies (Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?)

; allphotos by M.Fujita
Tobishima Island (Tobi-Shima) is an island located at the north of the Japan Sea.
This spot is one of the birder's paradises in Japan with rich migrating birds traveling from/to south to/from north 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 autumn, the island is crowded with a lot of birders.
In October, the weather is not stable due to typhoons or low-pressures, and sometimes sailing of the boat to Tobi-shima is cancelled.
However, the storms bring birds to this small remote island.

This is a report by M. Fujita.

This year, the weather is calm and the temperature is high, so it was said that the full-scale migration had not been started yet when we visited.
We didn't see any rare birds but observed 55 species totally.
After a downpour of 1 hour rain at 8 o'clock in the morning on 16 October, there were a huge number of Daurian Redstarts filling the island (More than 100 birds).
However, in the next morning, most of them had flown away, and I realized the dynamism of the migration.

The birds observed in Hiyori-yama Park, Sakata Port, and Tobi-shima were;
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis), Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis),
Brown-cheeked Rail (Rallus indicus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida javanicus),
Japanese Wood-Pigeon (Columba janthina janthina), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Radde's Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi),
Phylloscopus [borealis] superspecies (Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus),
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus),
Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus auroreus),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica),
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), Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus latifascius),
Yellow-headed Bunting (Emberiza elegans elegans), Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata),
Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis),
Western Pallas's Bunting (Palla's Reed Bunting) Emberiza pallasi polaris

オシドリ, マガモ, カルガモ, カラスバト, キジバト, ウミウ,
アオサギ, クイナ, ウミネコ, クロハラアジサシ,
ハチクマ, トビ, ハイタカ, アカゲラ, ハヤブサ, モズ, ハシブトガラス,
キクイタダキ, ヤマガラ, シジュウカラ, ヒバリ, ヒヨドリ,
ウグイス, カラフトムジセッカ, メボソムシクイ上種, メジロ,
コヨシキリ, ムクドリ, クロツグミ, マミチャジナイ, シロハラ, ツグミ,
ルリビタキ, ジョウビタキ, ノビタキ, イソヒヨドリ,
エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, ムギマキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ, ビンズイ,
アトリ, カワラヒワ, 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,
カシラダカ, ミヤマホオジロ, ノジコ, アオジ, クロジ, シベリアジュリン
2018 October 13-14
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿地(福井県敦賀市)

Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)



a large flock of Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata)



Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)



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 Nakaikemi Wetland again since it was expected to be the peak of migration of Japanese Yellow Buntings (Emberiza sulphurata).
The number was, however, lower than expected and the banding team captured only a few individuals.

Sighting of the species was rather difficult due to the low number and since they disappeared in reeds very quickly. Only a few lucky photographers took decent photos.

There were, however, notable visitors in addition to the Japanese Yellow Buntings.
On Oct. 13, there were a large flock of Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata) and they frequently flew above the pond in this wetland. They apparently had flew away on the next day.

On Oct. 14, we saw migratory Eastern Buzzards (Buteo japonicus), which were expected in this location and season. We saw a kettle of four birds, but they were high due to the sunny weather.

Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri) were abundant and many people watched them instead of the main target Japanese Yellow Buntings.
An Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) was eating berries, and a Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus) foraged among a flock of Japanese White-eyes (Zosterops japonicus).

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope),
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),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese 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),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)

カイツブリ, ダイサギ, アオサギ, カルガモ, オシドリ, ヒドリガモ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト,
アオゲラ, アカゲラ, コゲラ, モズ, コシアカツバメ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, ビンズイ,
ノビタキ, ジョウビタキ, キビタキ, コサメビタキ, オオムシクイ, 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, スズメ, ムクドリ, イカル,
アトリ, カワラヒワ, ノジコ, カシラダカ
2018 October 08
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba) & Inashiki area (Ibaraki)
三番瀬(千葉)&稲敷(茨城)

Sandering (Calidris alba rubida)

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi) & Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans)

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

Red Knot (Calidris canutus rogersi) & Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

Eastern Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa melanuroides)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus) at center and right, Eastern Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa melanuroides) and Marsh Sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis) at left

Temminck's Stints (Calidris temminckii)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Central Asian Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ussuriensis)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus himantopus) & Marsh Sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis)

Eastern Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa melanuroides)

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus),

: all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) in Chiba Prefecture and Inashiki area in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Today, I visited Sanbanze and Inashiki area by car.

At the tidal flat in Sanbanze, I saw
2 Red Knots (Calidris canutus rogersi),
10 Great Knots (Calidris tenuirostris),
4 Red-necked Stints (Calidris ruficollis),
50 Kamtchatka Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
15 Siberian Dunlins (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
10 Kentish Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
2 Lesser Sand-Plovers (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
, etc.

At the lotus fields after harvest, the reed field and the grass fields of reclaimed land in the Inashiki area, I saw
5 Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus),
16 Eastern Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa melanuroides),
12 Temminck's Stints (Calidris temminckii),
2 Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus),
2 Central Asian Common Redshanks (Tringa totanus ussuriensis),
4 Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
10 Marsh Sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis),
10 Eastern Marsh-Harriers (Circus spilonotus),
2 Japanese Reed Buntings (Emberiza yessoensis yessoensis),
, etc.

コオバシギ, オバシギ, トウネン, ミヤコドリ, ハマシギ, シロチドリ, メダイチドリ,
オオハシシギ, オグロシギ, オジロトウネン, ツルシギ, アカアシシギ, セイタカシギ, コアオアシシギ,
チュウヒ, 大陸型チュウヒ, コジュリン, 他
2018 October 08
Ikenokouchi Moor (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
池河内湿原(福井県敦賀市)



Ikenokouchi Moor

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) & Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis)

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

After a rather unsuccessful visit to Nakaikemi Wetland, I joined a group of local birders to visit Ikenokouchi Moor.

We arrived the viewing location sometime after noon, and saw flying Eurasian Jays (Garrulus glandarius) and Black Kites (Milvus migrans) and others.
In this spring, a large number of Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus) were found to migrate in this place and everyone is curious whether this is a major migratory route. Observations in the coming years are awaited.

Within 30 min. after our arrival, we heard chirping voice apparently from the sky, and I realized that a Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) was coming.
The bird was indeed found in the sky, and soared a bit and disappeared beyond the mountain ridge within a minute. We were excited and waited further.
It was a rare sunny day and soaring birds were particularly active at that time.
There were many Black Kites and some of them made an aerial battle.

Although forest birds became most silent around this time, we could frequently hear Japanese Green Woodpeckers (Picus awokera).

After observing the sky, we moved to the boardwalk in the moor.
Due to the maintenance, we could walk only half of the boardwalk.
Since winter birds had not arrived yet, we could only hear resident birds, such as woodpeckers, tits and the Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides).

We returned to the original place, and before we left this place, we could again hear the voice of the Mountain Hawk-eagle, but couldn't find the bird.
It appeared that the prospect is high to see this bird when the weather is favorable (and if we are patient enough).
According to local birders, there is voice of Ruddy Kingfishers (Halcyon coromanda) and Japanese Paradise Flycatchers (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) in the early summer season in the route to this place.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese 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, キジバト, カワセミ, モズ, 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, カケス, ヒヨドリ, イカル, ホオジロ
2018 October 08
Nakaikemi Wetland (Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture)
中池見湿地(福井県敦賀市)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mt. Tenzutsu

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri)

; 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 this site with expectation to meet arriving Japanese Yellow Buntings (Emberiza sulphurata).
These buntings arrive about a week earlier than Black-faced Buntings (Emberiza spodocephala) and this week would provide a good opportunity to record the voice of only Japanese Yellow Buntings and examine the difference of their calls.

It was a rare sunny day, and there were not so many migratory birds. According to the bander, no Japanese Yellow Buntings had been captured and their arrival may have been later than usual.

I could, however, heard the calls of buntings, almost likely only Black-faced Buntings in a few corners of the wetland and forest around it.

The only visible migrants were distant Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri). All around the wetland, Bull-headed Shrikes (Lanius bucephalus) and they sometimes flew and competed for their territories.

There is Mt. Tenzutsu north to this wetland and it is one of well-known watching locations of hawk migration in Fukui Prefecture.
One can see the viewing platform on this mountain (see the photo). I looked at this direction several times, but couldn't find migrating hawks (according to a group watching hawks, there were only sporadic hawks on this day).

List of species:
Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Black-browed Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus bistrigiceps),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Japanese Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

ダイサギ, カルガモ, トビ, 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,
ノビタキ, コヨシキリ, 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, イカル, ノジコ, ホオジロ
2018 October 08
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Kettle of Grey-faced Buzzards

White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)
I visited Mt. Gongen for hawk watching.

I didn't expect so many migratory hawks, since 403 migratory Grey-faced Buzzards, this year's largest number at this site, were recorded on September 28.
However, it was the good day for the hawk migration after the long time of bad weather, and I saw a number of migratory Grey-faced Buzzards more than expected. I could see the kettles of more than 10 hawks for three times, and I enjoyed watching the hawk migration very much.

Two birders at the site saw a bird like Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus leucogenis). Unfortunately, I didn't see it.
If so, the bird might loose the way due to the typhoon.

The birds obserbed are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Siberian Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus nisosimilis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera)?
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)?
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Carduelis sinica)

トビ, ツミ, ハイタカ, 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, アオゲラ? モズ, ハシブトガラス<
シジュウカラ, ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, オオムシクイ? ガビチョウ,
メジロ, エゾビタキ, キビタキ, カワラヒワ
2018 October 06, 07
Osaka Castle Park (Osaka Prefecture)
大阪城公園(大阪)

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus)

Flycatcher hawking at low flying insect

Full of crows on the castle

sun-bathing Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Osaka Catsle Park (Osaka-jo-Koen) in Osaka Prefecture.

Another typhoon is again passing north to Japan in this weekend and it was rainy in Kyoto in the morning.
I visited Osaka Castle Park where better weather might be expected. There had also been a report of relatively high number of Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina) on the preceding day.

When I arrived Osaka, it was cloudy but I couldn't find migratory birds for a while.
When I reached Sakura Hiroba (=cherry square), I found a corner where many flycatchers and warblers flew around trees. I enjoyed observing them, but it became considerably rainy and I spent an hour under an umbrella. I wasn't tired at all since these birds frequently appeared one by one.
When it was rainy, flycatchers hawked at low flying insect from branches.

When the rain was over, I walked to other places in the Castle Park with an expectation of high density of migratory birds.
I saw, however, only few other birds. It was likely that the corner I visited was rather special.

This time, I visited Haisuichi (located east to the castle).
I was surprised to see that many trees were cut after the typhoon damage and it looked hopeless to see Mugimaki Flycatchers (Ficedula mugimaki) in this fall migration and Japanese Paradise Flycatchers (Terpsiphone atrocaudata) in spring migration (this district was famous for these species). No birders were around there.

It became sunny and hot after rain and a few Asian Brown Flycatchers (Muscicapa dauurica) were foraging in Hakubutsukan (now "Miraiza")-ura.

On my return, several birders were watching something in the Eastern end of Sakura Hiroba.
They were watching an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), which has been in the Park for a month, and it may winter here. It was the first time for me to see an Eastern Buzzard so closely.

List of species:
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus examinandus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

ノスリ, キジバト, コゲラ, モズ, コサメビタキ, エゾビタキ, キビタキ, ハクセキレイ, キセキレイ,
スズメ, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カワラヒワ
2018 October 01-02
Isa Marsh (Saitama)
伊佐沼(埼玉)

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis)

Garganey (Anas querquedula) & Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca)

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus)

; all photos by K. Inoue
This is a report by K. Inoue about birding at Isa Marsh (Isa-Numa) in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefefecture.

Isa Marsh is an attracting spot for photographers and bird watchers. Sometimes rare bird visits this pond.

When he checked the marsh after the typhoon passed, by chance, he was notified by a person who was there that a Leech's Storm-Petrel had just appeared.
The bird was swimming back and forth on the water surface of the marsh without flight.
Threre were also some shorebirds such as; Oriental Pratincole, Black-winged Stilt, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint, and Western Little Ringed Plover,
Ducks were Eurasian Teal/Common Teal, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, and Pochard.
There was a Black-necked Grebe together with Little Grebes.

On the next day I visited the site together with him.
The all the members he observed on the day before were found but not the Leech's Storm-Petrel and the Oriental Pratincole. Unfortunately, it seemed that they have left the site, after taking a rest and recovering the physical strength wasted in the heavy storm.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Garganey (Anas querquedula),
Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca), Pochard (Aythya ferina),
Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis nigricollis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus himantopus),
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus japonicus), Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
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),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, ハシビロガモ, シマアジ, コガモ, ホシハジロ, コシジロウミツバメ, 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, オオタカ, 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, クサシギ, トウネン, ツバメチドリ, カワラバト, ツツドリ, 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, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 October 01
Downstream of Sakawa River (Kanagawa)
酒匂川下流(神奈川)

Swelling river after typhoon

Egrets

Black-tailed Gulls (Larus crassirostris) flying at the river mouth

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser)
I visited the downstream 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.

Typhoon Trami (No.24), Japan's worst storm in 25 years, brought fierce rain and wind on the last week end. It ran through the Tokyo area at the midnight.
It also gave a little damage to the roof of my house.
I visited this field for the return, but unfortunately there was no gift from the typhoon. The expectation was betrayed, and there were nothing special.
However, there was one thing good that there were three Common Mergansers resting on a sand bank which I saw the first time in this season.

The birds obserbed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

カルガモ, 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,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ムナグロ, キアシシギ, イソシギ, ウミネコ, ハシボソガラス, ハシブトガラス,
ヒバリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ
2018 September 30
Kitasaga and Hirosawa Pond (Kyoto Prefecture) (Kyoto Prefecture)
北嵯峨&広沢池(京都)



Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Spot-billed Ducks (Anas zonorhyncha)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus)

Egrets hidden in water canal

Hirosawa Pond, many trees were missing after typhoons

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at KitaSaga and Hirosawa Pond, in Kyoto Prefecture.

A strong typhoon No. 24 (Trami) was approaching again and I made a short visit to Kitasaga in the morning.
The only ducks I saw in Hirosawa Pond were resident Eastern Spot-billed Ducks (Anas zonorhyncha).

South to the pond, I saw a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) repeatedly harassed by crows. The kestrel, however, eventually found its own place for a rest.

I expected to see migrating Stejneger's Stonechats (Saxicola stejnegeri), but found none.
Bull-headed Shrikes (Lanius bucephalus) were numerous and active all the time.
Due to the weather alert, only few people strolled and egrets and herons were hidden undisturbed in every corner of paddy fields. They were hidden in water canals between fields, and I was frequently surprise to find them suddenly flying when I approached them without noting their presence. They were, however, not afraid of people and soon started foraging again in nearby fields.

The activity of raptors (such as Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)) was low and I couldn't see them. It was probably due to the low cloudy condition.
The season was apparently too early for wintering birds such as buntings.

The consequence of the passage of the earlier typhoon was also remarkable around Hirosawa Pond, and many trees were missing.

List of species:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)


カイツブリ, カルガモ, アオサギ, ダイサギ, コサギ, カワウ, ケリ, チョウゲンボウ,
コゲラ, セグロセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, モズ, コシアカツバメ, 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, ムクドリ, ヒヨドリ, スズメ, カワラヒワ

2018 September 28
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Kettle of hawks

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis)

: all photos by H.Usui
This is a report by H.Usui about hawk watching at Mt. Gongen.

It was the day of the explosion of Grey-faced Buzzard as expected.
Good conditions such as the fine day after a long period of rainy days, the breeze from east, lower temperature, and good visibility drew the big migratory.
403 Grey-faced Buzzards is the third record in this site.
There were many birders and photographers, too.
1 Siberian Honey-buzzard and 2 Japanese Sparrowhawks were also migrated.
Japanese Buzzards and Goshawks flew, but they were non-migratory.

The birds obserbed are;
Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

ハチクマ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, アオバト,
アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, コゲラ, アカゲラ, モズ, ハシブトガラス,
シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エナガ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, メジロ, エゾビタキ
2018 September 24
Sanada Reservoir & Oone Park (Hiratsuka & Hadano, Kanagawa)
真田貯水池&おおね公園(平塚&秦野,神奈川)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii)

Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax) & Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
We visited Sanada Reservoir in Hiratuka City and Oone Park in Hadano City nearby.
The paddy fields where we observed shorebirds by the week before became dry by draining off the water for the rice harvest. Thus shorebirds were gathering at this small artificial pond with shallow water and grasses.

At Oone Park nearby this reservoir, there had been Garganeys (Anas querquedula).
We tried to find among ducks, but we could not find them.
However we saw many Eurasian Teal/Common Teals which had just arrived for wintering.
Also we saw a Yellow Bittern, the summer bird, which was still remaining.
There were many Black-crowned Night Herons and Little Egrets, too.

The birds obserbed are;
At Sanada Reservoir;
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago gallinago),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

At Oone Park;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), Eurasian Teal/Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus)

カルガモ, コガモ, ヨシゴイ, ゴイサギ, コサギ, アオサギ,
コチドリ, タシギ, クサシギ, イソシギ, オジロトウネン,
チョウゲンボウ, ヒメアマツバメ, ヒバリ, ムクドリ, ハクセキレイ
2018 September 24
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
I visited Mt. Gongen again.

According to the morning weather forecast, it would be cloudy, but it became sunny. It was hot like summer but the cool breeze from the east felt comfortable.
The visibility was not so bad, but I couldn't see Mt. Fuji or the Buildings in Tokyo metropolitan.
There were many Grey-streaked Flycatchers.
An Ashy Minivet also appeared.
However the number of hawks was not big as;
4 Grey-faced Buzzard,
3 Siberian Honey-buzzard,
6 Japanese Buzzard,
3 Japanese Sparrowhawk,
1 Common Kestrel,
1 Northern Hobby,
1 Goshawk,
1 Osprey,
and Black Kites

The birds obserbed are;
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo subbuteo),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

チョウゲンボウ, チゴハヤブサ, ミサゴ, ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ, カワラバト, アオバト,
アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ, コゲラ, アオゲラ, サンショウクイ, 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, ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, メジロ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ
2018 September 23
Shirakaba Pass (Nagano)
白樺峠(松本,長野)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus)

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis)

Northern White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus caudacutus)



Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus)



Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis)

Kettle of hawks

: all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Shirakaba Pass (Shirakaba-Toge) in Nagano Prefecture.

Shirakaba Pass 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.

I visited the pass and observed between around 6:00 to 16:00.
The day before was fine and it seemed that most of the hawks flew away, so very few hawks flew at the pass in the morning.
But in the afternoon, the Grey-faced Buzzard began to fly on the pass.
Eventually, the following were observed :
- 1000 Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
- 100 Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
- 7 Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
- 10 Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus japonicus),
- 2 Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis),
- 10 Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
- 1 Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
- 1 Japanese Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica),
- Northern White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus caudacutus),
- Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
etc.
サシバ, ハチクマ, ツミ, ノスリ, クマタカ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, ホシガラス, ハリオアマツバメ, イワツバメ, 他
2018 September 22-24
Mt. Inoko (Higashi-omi City, Shiga Prefecture)
猪子山(滋賀)

Kettles of hawks

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos) or Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)?

; 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 this "hawk mountain" on three days in a row.
On Sep. 19, there were more than 4000 migratory hawks recorded in Shirakaba-toge Pass in Nagano Prefecture.
After then, we had a spell of rainy days and we had a high expectation that they should move when the weather improved.

Sep. 22 was expected to be such a day. It was still somewhat rainy early in the morning, but became clearer and windy in the afternoon.
Before the weather improved, mostly Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) passed relatively low and we enjoyed seeing them close.
When the weather improved, Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus) became the main species.
These hawks, however, migrated distantly in the east to southern direction (there was wind from the northwest) and they were difficult to see by small binoculars.
The total number was 1025 according to the official site, and we expected that the rest of hawks would migrate on the next day.

It was mostly fine on Sep. 23, and when I arrived the mountain, two Grey-faced Buzzards were taking rest before further migration on trees seen from the observing location.
The rate of migration was rather low in the morning and we feared that most of the hawk might have passed too distantly on the day before and we could have missed them.
However, a large groups of Grey-faced Buzzards (mostly) appeared after 10 a.m. and the number increased.
There were a sequence of kettles composed of about 100 hawks, and they passed one by one.
They flew rather high against the blue sky and white cloud and often looked like small dots moving in the sky with naked eyes.
This stream lasted for 1.5 hour and the observer responsible for counting the number was almost screaming.
We happily met the highest record of hourly density in this place.
After this major stream, the density of migration suddenly fell and most of hawks again passed distantly in the east to southern direction.
The total number reached 2683 (the second highest in this place).
Before this flurry, we saw an Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), which is a rare passenger here.

On Sep. 24, we had a rather high expectation since more than 1000 hawks was recorded in Shirakaba-toge Pass on the day before.
The weather was initially moist and hazy, and distant hawks were difficult to see.
Despite this condition, hawks started migrating after 9 a.m. and kettles appeared relatively low, and we could fully enjoy close hawks sufficiently well with naked eyes.
The initial wave stopped before noon, but after two hours many hawks started passing again.
It had became cloudy, but windless, and hawks passed low and evenly in various directions.
Among them, there was again a possible rare Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos) or Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) (judged from the white rump, size and the season of migration).
The total number reached 1138, and we sufficiently enjoyed close encounters.

List of species:
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Pied Harrier (Circus melanoleucos) or hen harrier (Circus cyaneus),
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)

ミサゴ, トビ, ハチクマ, サシバ, ノスリ, マダラチュウヒまたはハイイロチュウヒ, オオタカ, ツミ, チョウゲンボウ, チゴハヤブサ,
キジバト, アカゲラ, コゲラ, 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, エゾビタキ, キビタキ,
キバシリ, ヒヨドリ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, エゾムシクイ, エナガ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カケス,
スズメ, アオサギ, アマサギ
2018 September 17
Mt. Inoko (Higashi-omi City, Shiga Prefecture)
猪子山(滋賀)



Hawk Watching Site of Mt. Inoko

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) having maximally filled crops



Kettles of hawks

; 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.

Mt. Inoko (Inoko Yama) is a famous hawk watching location in Kinki region, and is conveniently situated from a train station.
On the day before, there was a large stream of hawk migration in Nagano Prefecture and we expected that they would arrive here on this day.

On the mountain, there was a ceremony of Higan (equinoctial week) and "Heart Sutra" was played loudly from speakers.
It was cloudy most of the time, and there was even slight rain in the morning. Despite such weather, strong fliers Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis) started passing around 8:00 a.m. There were sufficiently large number of this species between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and a significant fraction of them passed just above us due to the lack of the vertical draft.
We were so excited to see them and almost forgot about the loud "Heart Sutra" -- it was almost like a background music.

Following this, there were kettles of hawks, and the fraction of Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus) increased.
After passage of a weak front, it became windier and hawks flew close to the mountain.
Observers in the northern side could see hawks appearing from the beneath and drifting just in front of them (I was on the other side and missed the best moment).
The final best moment was just around 1:45 p.m., when a kettle suddenly appeared just above us and observers became frenzied busy taking memorable shots.
(I didn't use a wide-view camera at this moment and it is unfortunate that I cannot convey the impression of the scene).
Some of Crested Honey Buzzards have maximally filled crops and they must have foraged of their journey earlier today.
The total number of hawks according to the official site (http://hmrg.jp/) was 589 (301 grey-faced buzzards, 259 crested honey buzzards).

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus kizuki),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

トビ, ハチクマ, サシバ, ノスリ, ツミ, チョウゲンボウ, カワウ, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, イワツバメ,
ヒヨドリ, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, コゲラ, エゾムシクイ, ヤブサメ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス
2018 September 17
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
; photo by H.Usui

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus)
I visited Mt. Gongen again.

The weather became sunny after it rained two days ago, and I expected to see many migrating hawks.
The day before, the number of the hawks was few but the other migratory birds, such as Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus), Black Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone atrocaudata atrocaudata), and Japanese Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana), were observed.
I also expected to see these birds.
Contrarily to my expectations, the number of hawks and other birds were not many.
The birds observed newly at this site in this season were; Bull-headed Shrike, Red-bellied Rock Thrush, and Grey-streaked Flycatcher.

The birds obserbed are;
At Mt. Gongen;
Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
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), Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus dasypus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta), Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, サシバ, ノスリ, アオバト, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ,
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,
ツバメ, イワツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ガビチョウ, メジロ, イソヒヨドリ, エゾビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ
2018 September 16
Osaka Castle Park (Osaka Prefecture)
大阪城公園(大阪)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus)

Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at 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.
In this year, however, Typhoon Jebi, which resulted the worst typhoon damage in 25 years, passed close to Osaka and this park was heavy hit by strong wind.
It has been reported that the scene has changed dramatically and I hesitated visiting this park despite the migration season.

When I visited, the eastern region of the park (Shimin-no-mori etc.) was most severely hit and many trees had fallen and blocked ordinary birding routes.
I could see no particular bird nor a birder.
The famous paths near Yagai Ongakudo were mostly blocked by fallen trees.

I met birders in the north corner of this region.
They said that an Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) flew to here, but we couldn't see it again.

Another famous area, Sakura Hiroba (=cherry square) showed the power of the devastating typhoon.
Although we could walk in the square, many trees were fallen or cut, and there was open sky in many corners.
In such a place, I saw a Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta) perched on a dead branch and foraged. Such open places are favorite environment of this species.
The typhoon may have altered the distribution of migratory birds within the park.

Jinja-ura region was also affected and many trees were removed. There didn't seem to be many migratory birds, and several birders were waiting for a Narcissus flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina).
The path south to Shudokan was almost blocked by fallen trees. A toilet in this corner was hit by a fallen tree and was broken.

Near the Castle area, things looked better.
In this season, we can again enter Hakubutsukan-ura region after construction of "Miraiza".
This location was famous for flycatchers or warblers, and it was my favorite region.
The scene had changed a lot -- it became sunny without much leaves, and noise from newly built Miraiza was high. It has become less attractive and comfortable as before.
I could see, however, two flycatcher. One of them was a Grey-streaked Flycatcher and the other may have been the same.
The sunny, open environment may have attracted this species.

List of species:
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Grey-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

キジバト, ツバメ, コサメビタキ, エゾビタキ, ハクセキレイ, スズメ, ヒヨドリ,
ムクドリ, シジュウカラ, メジロ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, カワラヒワ
2018 September 16
Ogura reclaimed land (Uji city, Kyoto Prefecture)
巨椋干拓(京都)

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) at center, Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) at right & Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) at left

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

a fallow field in Ogura reclaimed land

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ogura reclaimed land (Ogura Kantaku) in Kyoto Prefecture.

I visited a fallow field in Ogura reclaimed land (there were only a small number of fallow fields in this area and I visited only one of them where there were migratory shorebirds).

When I arrived, a Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), a Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) and a Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) were foraging.
When a photographer from a car approached, the Common Greenshank flew away and the Ruff stayed in alarmed pose for a while.
They soon returned to the resting pose.
The Ruff looked somewhat large with rather distinct color pattern. A birder suggested that it might be a male bird. This bird had a small patch of bare area in the neck, which might have been a remnant of the "ruff" after molt.

Around this fallow field, Zitting Cisticolas (Cisticola juncidis) were still singing and flying.
Eurasian Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) were abundant, but they issued only calls.

According to other birder's information, there were Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) in the river somewhat distant from here.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba),
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis),
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
White-cheeked Starling (Spodiopsar cineraceus),
Japanese (Kamchatka) Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, アオアシシギ, コアオアシシギ, エリマキシギ,
モズ, セッカ, ヒバリ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス, ムクドリ, ハクセキレイ, セグロセキレイ,
イソヒヨドリ, スズメ, ヒヨドリ, カワラヒワ
2018 September 13
Inashiki (Ibaraki)
稲敷(茨城)

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

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, but unfortunately we found only a few good points with about ten Wood Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers and one Marsh Sandpiper.
It seemed that we should wait until October when harvest of the lotus root finishes for the observation of more birds there.

The birds found are;
Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus thoracicus),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis),
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), 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),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens), Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

コジュケイ, カルガモ, アマサギ, 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, コチドリ, コアオアシシギ, タカブシギ, 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, 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, ホオジロ
2018 September 13
Katakai Port (Chiba)
片貝港(千葉)

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor minor)

Common Terns (Sterna hirundo minussensis, Sterna hirundo longipennis)

Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)
We visited Katakai Port located at Kujukuri Coast in Chiba Prefecture.
Great Frigatebird, a rare stray bird In Japan, has recently been observed in this area, so we looked for this bird first.
Soon, we found a huge bird flying over the port. We search for the bird by moving toward the direction it flew, then we found two Great Frigatebirds on the emergency radio antenna.
Since the day we visited there was 6 days after the bird was observed at the first, I had thought it might have already gone, so I was surprised to see two birds at a time.

Then we moved to the beach and found many sea birds there.
On the beach there were a number of Black-tailed Gull, a flock of around ten terns, a small flock of shorebird which flew away and I could not identify the species, and a small flock of Kamtchatka Oystercatcher.
On the sea, there were a number of Streaked Shearwater and Black-tailed Gull flying around fishing boats.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor minor),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo minussensis), Common Tern (Sterna hirundo longipennis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Red-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius philippensis),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, オオミズナギドリ, アオサギ, コサギ, オオグンカンドリ, カワウ,
チョウゲンボウ, トビ, ミヤコドリ, シロチドリ, トウネン, ウミネコ,
アカアシアジサシ, アジサシ, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, イソヒヨドリ, ハクセキレイ
2018 September 09
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa) & paddy field of Hiratsuka (Hiratsuka, Kanagawa)
権現山&平塚の田んぼ(秦野&平塚,神奈川)

Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus)

Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)



Central Asian Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ussuriensis)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)

; all photos by R.Kinomura
I visited Mt. Gongen and the paddy field in Hiratsuka City together with young birder, R. Kinomura.

At Mt. Gongen, the weather was fine with clear sight but the strong south wind blew.
Unfortunately, the number of hawks was not many but we saw several Grey-faced Buzzards, Japanese Buzzards and Siberian Honey-buzzards.
Migratory birds such as Oriental cuckoo, Sakhalin leaf-warbler, and Asian brown flycatcher were also observed.

There was information that a Common Redshank had been in the fallow field in Hiratsuka, so we visited there.
There was a Grey-faced Buzzard nearby, too.

The birds obserbed are;
At Mt. Gongen;
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis),
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)

At paddy field in Hiratsuka;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Central Asian Common Redshank (Tringa totanus ussuriensis), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

チョウゲンボウ, ハチクマ, トビ, ツミ, オオタカ, サシバ, ノスリ,
アカアシシギ, イソシギ, アオバト, ツツドリ, アマツバメ, ヒメアマツバメ,
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, ヤマガラ,
ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, エナガ, ヒバリ, セッカ, エゾムシクイ, メジロ, ムクドリ,
コサメビタキ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 September 08
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi) at right & Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta) at right
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.
There were rather fewer species and numbers of birds observed than the last time on August 29.
Only the Barn Swallows and Red-rumped Swallows were flying lively on the meadow.
I hope birds to come back this field soon.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

カルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ, イソシギ,
カワラバト, キジバト, コゲラ, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ,
セッカ, ムクドリ, スズメ
2018 September 06
Mt. Gongen (Hadano, Kanagawa)
権現山(秦野,神奈川)

Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)
; photo by H.Usui

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus)
; photo by H.Usui

Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis)
; photo by H.Usui

Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis); photo by H.Usui

Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis)
; photo by H.Usui

Flock of Swifts
We visited Mt. Gongen to watch migrating hawks.
It was still earlier for the peak of the migration of hawks, but since the day we visited was sunny after a super typhoon that passed two days ago, we visited the site with a little expectation.
The number of migrating hawks (Common Kestrel, Osprey, Siberian Honey-buzzard, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Grey-faced Buzzard, Japanese Buzzard) was small as foreseen, and they appeared intermittently. We could not see any kettle of hawks.

However, we saw big flocks of swifts (Northern White-rumped, House) formaing kettles.
The number of migrating flycatchers (Asian Brown, Narcissus) and warblers (Eastern Crowned) were still very few.

The birds obserbed are;
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), 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), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae), House Swift (Apus nipalensis subfurcatus),
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), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina)

チョウゲンボウ, ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, 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, 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, コシアカツバメ, エナガ, センダイムシクイ, メジロ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ
2018 Septembr 02-03
Paddy field in Hiratuka (Hiratsuka, Kanagawa)
平塚のたんぼ(平塚,神奈川)

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
; photo by H.Usui

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
; photo by H.Usui

Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)
; photo by H.Usui

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
There are wide paddy fields in Hiratsuka City. Fresh-water shorebirds stop over at the paddy fields in the migration season.

On September 02, H.Usui visited the field and found a Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpipers, a Long-toed Stint and a Ruff.
On September 03, I visited there and tried to find these birds but they dis not appear during my observation. I saw Pacific Golden-Plovers and Western Little Ringed Plovers instead.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo haneda),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus)?
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax),
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),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, アオサギ, チュウダイサギ, チュウサギ, カワウ, トビ, サシバ?
ムナグロ, コチドリ, クサシギ, タカブシギ, ヒバリシギ, エリマキシギ,
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, ヒバリ,
セッカ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 Septembr 01
Paddy fields in Kawagoe & Isa Marsh (Saitama)
川越のたんぼ&伊佐沼(埼玉)

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
I visited paddy field in Kawagoe and Isa Marsh (Isa-numa).
It became cooler but drizzled by an autumn rain front progressed south.
At the paddy field, there were some flocks of fresh-water shorebirds.
Then I stopped over at Isa Marsh.
The water level of the pond was too high and I could not see any shorebirds here.

The birds observed are;
at the paddy field in Kawagoe area;
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus)

at Isanuma Marsh;
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, チュウサギ, カワウ, ムナグロ, コチドリ, アカエリヒレアシシギ,
ハシブトガラス, ヒバリ, ムクドリ
2018 August 29
Middle-reaches of Tama River (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
多摩川中流(川崎, 神奈川)

Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica)

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) at right, Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia) at center, Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta) at left

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae)

White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus)
I visited Tama River in the Kawasaki area.
It was better than Tama Cemetery (Tama Reien) (Tama Reien), where I visited the day before, but there were few species of birds here, too.
It seemed that birds might have gone somewhere else because of the unusually hot weather in this summer.
I expected some early migrating birds.
I found a Red-rumped Swallow among the flying swallows, but could not find any other migrating birds.
Herons and egrets, mainly Great Egret and Little Egret, began to flock. I found an Intermediate Egret in a flock.
Great Cormorant and White-cheeked Starling had also begun to form flocks, too.

The birds observed are;
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

カルガモ, 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, イソシギ,
カワラバト, キジバト, オナガ, ハシブトガラス, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, セッカ, ガビチョウ,
ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, ホオジロ
2018 2018 August 22
Birding Trip to find shorebirds in the suburbs of Tokyo (Chiba, Tochigi, Gunma)
東京近郊でシギチドリ探鳥旅行(千葉,栃木.群馬)

Birding at Sanbanze Tidal Flat

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis)
; photo by R. Kinomura

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
; photo by R. Kinomura

Chick of Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus)
; photo by R. Kinomura

Chick of Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis)
; photo by R. Kinomura

Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis)
; drawn by S. Niwa

Kamchatka Sand Martins (Riparia riparia ijimae) swallowing water
; photo by R. Kinomura

Roosting of Swallows
; photo by R. Kinomura
We went for a birding Trip to find shorebirds in the suburbs of Tokyo together with young birders; R. Kinomura and S. Niwa.

The first site was Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen) in Chiba Prefecture.
On this day, the low tide time was early in the morning, so the tideland had already spread when we arrived.
The timing should be the peak of shorebirds's migration, but the number of birds was not as many as I expected.
But this time, we saw Kentish Plovers that was previously common but became difficult to see recently.

The second site was the paddy fields in Omoigawa Town in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture.
The temperature rose to around 38 degrees Celsius due to two typhoons approaching Japan. Hot air blew in when we opened windows of the car, and it became hard for birding.
In such the circumstance, we searched for a Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) that was recorded recently and Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) which was recorded last year.
We could not find them but we saw several types of fresh-water shorebirds which were observed at the last visit on August 16.

Then we drove through Watarase Retarding Basin (Watarase-Yusuichi) and the paddy field in Itakura Town in Gunma Prefecture.
We searched for Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus), Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), Swinhoe's Snipe (Gallinago megala) or Grey-headed Lapwing. We found several Grey-headed Lapwings resting inside the paddy fields.
In the pond of Itakura, we saw families of Eurasian Moorhen and Yellow Bittern.
The chicks of them were very cute.
There were many Kamchatka Sand Martins on the way back to the wintering sites in south. They sometimes skimmed off the water on the surface of the pond and swallowed.
S.Niwa commented that "I was happy to see parents and chicks of Yellow Bittern and Eurasian Coot for the first time."

At Tatara Marsh, we saw commural roosting of swallows (Amur Barn, Kamchatka Sand Martin).
Tens of thousands of Barn Swallow came back to the reed fields in the twilight.

The birds observed there are;
- At Sanbanze Seaside Park:
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis),
Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni), Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres),
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Sandering (Calidris alba rubida), Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Vega Gull (Larus vegae), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)

- At paddy fields in Omoigawa:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- At Watarase Retarding Basin:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

- At Itakura Town:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei),
Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis sinensis),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor)

- At Tatara Marsh:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis benghalensis) South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus)

カルガモ, カイツブリ, ゴイサギ, アマサギ, アオサギ, 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, バン, ミヤコドリ, ケリ, ムナグロ, ダイゼン, コチドリ,
シロチドリ, メダイチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, アオアシシギ, 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, トウネン, ハマシギ, ウミネコ, セグロカモメ, オオセグロカモメ,
コアジサシ, キジバト, カワセミ, 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, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2018 August 21
Northern Area and South foot of Mt. Yatsugatake (Nagano)
八ヶ岳北部&南麓(長野)

Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis)

Ryujin Pond in Togariishi Pre-historic site

Field of alpine flowers at Mugikusa Pass

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis)

Shirakoma Pond near Mugikusa Pass

Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri) at Nobeyama

Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) at Nobeyama
We visited the nortern area (Kita-Yatsugatake) and the south foot of Mt, Yatsugatake (Nobeyama Highland) in Nagano Prefecture.
There are variety of nature such as; volcanoes, dense forests, wetlands of high moor and vast farm lands.

On the way to Mugikusa Pass, we saw a Bull-headed Shrike that was calling shrilly near Togariishi Pre-historic site. This territorial call recalled me the closely coming autumn.
We also found a Siberian Honey-buzzard at the tip of toll tree at the road side. Though we observed very near, it stayed there calmly.

In the forest of Togariishi Pre-historic site, there was few songs of birds which fulfilled this forest a few months ago, and only a few birds hiding in the trees were observed.

In the forest at the Mugikusa Pass (2,127m), we can hear the beautiful songs of Japanese Robin (Luscinia akahige akahige) in the early summer, but only the Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warblers were singing with ardor this time.
A few Eurasian Nuthatches perched on the trees nearby.

In Nobeyama Highland, there were many Stejneger's Stonechats at the grass field and several Japanese Buzzards at pastureland.

The birds observed there are;
- Around Togariishi Pre-historic site:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Siberian Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus orientalis),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major hondoensis),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus),
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 Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)? Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Masked Bunting (Schoeniclus spodocephala personatus)?

- At Mugikusa Pass & Shirakoma Pond (Kita-Yatsugatake):
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus bucephalus),
Japanese Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea robusta),
Grey-bellied Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula griseiventris)

- At Nobeyama Highland:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
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),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Stejneger's Stonechat (Saxicola stejnegeri),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

カルガモ, ハチクマ, トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, アマツバメ, 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, エナガ,
ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, オオヨシキリ, メボソムシクイ, メジロ, ゴジュウカラ, クロツグミ, コルリ,
ノビタキ, コサメビタキ? キビタキ, スズメ, キセキレイ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ, ウソ, イカル,
ホオジロ, アオジ?
2018 August 19
Roosting swallows in Uji River (Kyoto Prefecture)
宇治川の塒入りツバメ(京都)

Roosting site of Barn Swallows in Uji River

foraging various Herons



roosting of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica)

Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)

; all photos by A.T.
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Uji River in Kyoto Prefecture.

I went to see the famous roosting site of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) in the reed bed of Uji River near Chushojima station.
Although the location is closer to Chushojima station, there is no bridge and one has to walk from the next station, Kangetsukyo.

The peak season of swallow roosting is end of July to early August.
Japan was, however, hit by extreme heat around this and I avoided visiting here in fear of heat exhaustion. After a passing typhoon, we could finally enjoy cooler weather and I visited here to examine the roosting behavior.

I arrived here much earlier than the roosting time with slight hope to search for shorebirds.
It turned out, however, that there were almost no fallow rice fields and I couldn't find any shorebird.
In only one field (but not filled with water) I could see foraging various herons.

The roosting started very late (probably due to the fine and clear weather), and swallows only gathered after it became relatively dark. They circled above us observers only for a short time (much shorter than what I experienced around the peak season in the past) and disappeared rather quickly.
It looked like that season was already a bit too late to fully enjoy the roosting.

During the waiting time for swallows, I could hear a singing Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) and around sunset, an Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis) from the reed bed.
They were rather difficult to hear due to the strong background of insects.

List of species:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia),
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica)

アオサギ, ダイサギ, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ, トビ, キジバト, ツバメ, ハシブトガラス, ハシボソガラス,
セグロセキレイ, オオヨシキリ, セッカ, スズメ, カワラヒワ
2018 August 18
The deepest part of Tokyo Bay (Chiba, Tokyo)
東京湾最深部(千葉,東京)

Sanbanze

Birds resting on Breakwater

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) at left & Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia) at right
; photo by A. Minowa

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
; photo by A. Minowa

Gyotoku Wildlife Sancturay

Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis) to be released after recovery
; photo by A. Minowa

Kasai Rinkai Park

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis)
; photo by A. Minowa
I participated a bus tour by Fureai Baird Watching Club and visited several birding spots at the deepest part of Tokyo Bay.
The first site was Sanbanze Seaside Park (Sanbanze Kaihin-Koen).
The tide on that day was the neap, and it was just a full tide when we arrived at.
There were few tidelands, and most of the shorebirds rested on top of the offshore piles or on the breakwaters. Terns were flying on distant sea.
While the tidal flats spread gradually, the shorebirds started to gather for foraging at the tide flats.
There are Lesser Sand-Plovers, Grey-tailed Tattlers, Grey Plovers, and Sanderlings. There were a Great Knot and a Siberian Dunlin among them.
Most herons were Eastern Great Egret. There were a few Intermediate Egret, too.
There were about thirty Kamtchatka Oystercatchers.
Most of the gulls were Black-tailed Gull. There were a few Slaty-backed Gull together.

The next destination was Gyotoku Wildlife Sancturay.
This sanctuary was built when this wetlands area was called Shinhama and was reclaimed by the development during the high-growth period of the 1970s.
This is the first reserve where positive environmental maintenance has been carried out in Japan, and it has been a model of "Sanctuary", the area for protecting wildlife.
In the sanctuary, there is a bird hospital as a related facility. This hospital is putting the greater efforts to protect the injured birds and its work is the highest level not only in the Kanto area but also throughout Japan.
There was a big roost of Great Cormorant.
We observed Chestnut-cheeked Starlings and White-cheeked Starlings.
At the bird hospital, we saw several patients such as; Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus interstinctus), Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis gularis), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis fujiyamae), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii), Japanese Scops-Owl (Otus semitorques), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis momiyamae), Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda major), Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides), Chestnut-cheeked Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, etc.
We saw releasing of a Chestnut-cheeked Starling and a Eurasian Tree Sparrow after their recovery.

The last destination was Kasai-Rinkai Park (Kasai-Rinkai Park).
There were some shorebirds at the brackish water pond such as Western Little Ringed Plovers and Common Greenshanks.
I searched for Oriental Cuckoo/Horsfield's Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus optatus) which might stop over at the park on the way of migration, but I did not find it.
On the seaside, there was a Great Crested Grebe which stayed here in this summer.

The birds observed were;
- at Sanbanze:
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola squatarola), Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres interpres), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Sandering (Calidris alba rubida),
Siberian Dunlin (Calidris alpina sakhalina),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus),
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- at Gyotoku:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis), White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

- at Kasai Rinkai Park:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis poggei), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Eastern Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus japonensis),
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus),
Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus), Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides),
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes), Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus japonica), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, 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, チュウサギ, コサギ, カワウ,
ハヤブサ, ミサゴ, バン, ミヤコドリ, ダイゼン, コチドリ, メダイチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, アオアシシギ,
キアシシギ, ソリハシシギ, イソシギ, 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,
コアジサシ, カワラバト, キジバト, オナガ, ハシブトガラス, 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
2018 August 16
Omoigawa (Oyama, Tochigi)
思川(小山, 栃木)

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides)

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus)

flock of egrets & herons

flock of Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)

Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae)
I visited Omoigawa Town in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture.
The site is located north of the Watarase Retarding Basin.
There are paddy fields which are flooded with water as artificial fresh-water tidal flats to gather waterfowl.
This activity was started from three years ago. After cutting the crops in spring, the fields were filled with water.
This measure not only prevents the repeated cultivation disorder of the wheat and eliminates weeds,
but also increases creatures such as dragonfly and gengoro-crucians, and provides birds good feeding sites.

I saw several kinds of fresh water shorebirds. The number of the birds is not many yet, but it is expected to be incresing more.
There were aother waterfowls forming a big flock such as egrets/herons and Eastern Spot-billed Ducks.
Some Kamchatka Sand Martins, the migrant, were also observed.

Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi), Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia intermedia),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Western Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius curonicus),
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia glottoides), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola),
South Asian Carrion Crow (Corvus corone orientalis), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Kamchatka Sand Martin (Riparia riparia ijimae), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Japanese Skylark (Alauda japonica),
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis brunniceps),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens)

カルガモ, アマサギ, 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, アオアシシギ, タカブシギ, 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, ヒヨドリ, ムクドリ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ
2018 August 10
Tsuchiura (Ibaraki)
土浦(茨城)



Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus)

feeding a chick

Chick (at front),
hybrid between Chinese Pond-Heron and Little Egret?

all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Tsuchiura City, Ibarki Prefecture.

Today, I went to see Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) again in Tsuchiura.

It fed a chick, but the chick's bill was black and was looked like a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta). Its bill seemed thicker than Little Egret. Is this chick a hybrid between Chinese Pond-Heron and Little Egret?

* In 2010, the "Natural Hybridization between a Little Egret and a Chinese Pond Heron was recorded".
The confirmation of the natural hybridization among different genera of family ardeidae is very rare, and that was the third record in the world.

アカガシラサギ, アカガシラサギxコサギ(雛)?, 他
2018 August 09
Sanbanze Tidal Flat (Chiba)
三番瀬(千葉)

Flock of terns at Sanbanze Tidal Flat

Little Terns (Sternula albifrons sinensis) & Common Tern (Sterna hirundo minussensis)

Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)

Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)
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 begining of the season of the migration birds to the South/West.

We visited the place immediately after the typhoon passed the east side of Tokyo area. The weather was still cloudy with intermittent strong wind.
There were big flocks of Black-tailed Gull, Little Terns, and some kinds of sandpipers and plovers. There were some Common Tern (S.h.longipennis) and Common Tern with red legs (S.h.minussensis) in the flock of the Little Tern.
We found two Siberian Black-headed Gulls in the summer form in the flock of gulls.

The birds observed were;
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Kamtchatka Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus osculans),
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola tomkovichi), Lesser Sand-Plover (Charadrius mongolus stegmanni),
Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri), Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes),
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), Sanderling (Calidris alba alba),
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis),
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris), Siberian Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus sibiricus),
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo minussensis), Common Tern (Sterna hirundo longipennis), Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis),
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis),
Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Black-backed Wagtail (Motacilla lugens),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica minor)

チュウダイサギ, カワウ, ミヤコドリ, ダイゼン, メダイチドリ, オオソリハシシギ, キアシシギ,
ソリハシシギ, オバシギ, ミユビシギ, トウネン, ウミネコ, ユリカモメ,
アカアシアジサシ, アジサシ, コアジサシ, カワラバト, キジバト, ハシブトガラス,
ツバメ, スズメ, ハクセキレイ, カワラヒワ
2018 August 05
Prefectural Ikaho Forest Park (Gunma)
伊香保森林公園(群馬)

Pond named "Shida-no-ike" in teh park

female collecting fallen leaves

male Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis)

Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),

White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi)

Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius varius), juvenile

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus), juvenile
We visited Prefectural Ikaho Forest Park in Gunma Prefecture.

In this park, there is a small pond near the parking lot at the park management house. This pond is located at an altitude of about 1,000 meters on the southwest foot of Mt. Futatsudake (1345 m), and there are many wind caves spouting very cold air nearby, so it is a very cool place in summer. This pond is a valuable water place for wild birds, and many birds visit there.
In summer, we can leave a hot town and meet many birds in a cool circumstance like a paradise.

On the day we visited, it was deadly hot and the temperature in Tokyo area exceeded 35 degrees Celsius. However the site was 24 to 27 degrees as if we were in a air-conditioned room.

On the forest road towards the park, we expected to see Copper Pheasant (Scintillating) (Syrmaticus soemmerringii scintillans), but we met an Asian Black Bear (Selenarctos thibetanus) cub.

In the pond, birds visited there occasionally together. The majority was Japanese Thrush.
A female came frequently and collected the fallen leaves around the pond. It seemed like preparing the late breeding. A male, that seemed like the female's partner, visited together in the afternoon, but it did not particularly help the female's hard work.
A Japanese Woodpecker appeared several times and took bath in the pond.
Tits also appeared well. The juveniles of tits visited forming the mixed flock. Sometime families of tit visited, too. Especially, the Long-tailed Tits visited in a big flock.

We expected to see Siberian Thrush (Geokichla sibirica davisoni) which usually appeares in the evening. but we could not see during our observation.

The birds observed are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis)?
Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
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),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides)?
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea amurensis),
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea toratugumi), Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis),
Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis), 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)

トビ, クマタカ? アオゲラ, 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, ウグイス, エゾムシクイ? メジロ, ゴジュウカラ, トラツグミ, クロツグミ, アカハラ,
コルリ, キビタキ, オオルリ, キセキレイ, イカル, ホオジロ
2018 August 04-05
Mt. Tateyama & Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Nagano)
立山&戸隠(長野)



Rock Ptarmigan (japonica) (Lagopus muta japonica)

Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida)

Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)

Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)

White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri)

Japanese Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica)

all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Mt. Tateyama (TateYama) and Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden (Togakushi Shinrin Shokubutu-En) in Nagano Prefecture.

On the first day, I visited Mt. Tateyama. I could see a Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta japonica). Unfortunately, I could not see Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris erythropygia) and Japanese Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes japonica).

On the next day, I visited Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden. I saw Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus), Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos stejnegeri), Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris japonica), Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Japanese Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica), etc.

ライチョウ, カヤクグリ, サンショウクイ, ノジコ, オオアカゲラ, キバシリ, クロツグミ, ニホンイヌワシ, 他
2018 August 01
Miyagase, Kanagawa
宮ヶ瀬(相模原,神奈川)

Miyagase Lake in summer

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica)

Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis)
I visited Miyagase Lake (Miyagase-Ko).
The city was very hot and the maximum temperature exceeded 35 degrees Celsius, but the field was 4 to 5 degrees cooler.
However, as predicted, birds were very quiet, and only Grey Herons and Great Cormorants were conspicuous.
I hoped to see the Crested Kingfishers because the water level of the lake lowered and their activity range narrowed. But I only heard the calls twice and saw a Common Kingfisher.
Even so, I saw somehow a few birds including juveniles.
At the end, I was happy to see a Crested Hawk flew around the sky several times.

The birds observed are (* reported by another birder);
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea jouyi),
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo hanedae),
Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Lessor Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris lugubris), * Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda major),
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis japonica),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), 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),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus),
Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis)

アオサギ, カワウ, クマタカ, キジバト, アオバト, ホトトギス, *アカショウビン , カワセミ, ヤマセミ,
コゲラ, カケス, ハシブトガラス, シジュウカラ, ヤマガラ, ツバメ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス, センダイムシクイ,
ガビチョウ, ソウシチョウ, メジロ, キビタキ, ホオジロ
2018 July 20-22
Ogasawara Ferry & Chichi-jima (Ogasawara, Tokyo)
小笠原フェリ−&父島(小笠原,東京)
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.

Usually, the ferry stays at Chichijima two nights and it requires five days (2 nights on the ferry and 2 nights in Ogasawara Is.), but in the high season, the ferry only stays four and a half hours at Chichijima (2 nights on the ferry). So we can visit Chichijima taking 3 days instead of 5 days in the high season. For the keen seabird watchers can enjoy the 3-day Ogasawara ferry trip utilising this special operation.

This is a report by T. Kawase about birding on the Ogasawara Ferry and Chichi-jima of Ogasawara Islands.

The main purpose of the trip was observing seabirds. But almost all the birds except for Indo-pacific Brown Booby were so far and it was difficult to identify them.
The result of observation including birds in Tokyo Bay as 20 species was not so good.
During the very short stay (about four hours) In Chichijima, I could see Japanese Woodpigeon (C.j.nitens), the endemic species, very closely.

The birds reported are;
Bonin Petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus),
Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii),
Indo-pacific Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster plotus),
Noddy Tern (Anous stolidus pileatus),
Japanese Wood Pigeon (Columba janthina nitens),
Japanese White-eye (hybrid) (Zosterops japonicus alani x stejnegeri) , etc.

シロハラミズナギドリ, オナガミズナギドリ, アナドリ, カツオドリ,
クロアジサシ, アカガシラカラスバト, イオウジマメジロxシチトウメジロ(交雑)) , 他
2018 July 16
Mt. Koyasan (Wakayama Prefecture)
高野山(和歌山)
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ishida River near Tsunokawa in Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture.

It has been extremely hot, particularly in western Japan, and I visited Mt. Koyasan (about 900m).
This region is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage area, part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. The mountain is reachable by train and cable car, and there are frequent buses on the mountain for tourists.

Following the recommended birding route on a book, I first visited Okunoin region.
This region is full of gravestones of famous enterprises, and of course there were a lot of tourists.
It was hot even on the mountain and even an Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) opened the bills due to the hotness.
This region is surrounded by high coniferous trees and the main species was the Coal Tit (Periparus ater). If I could have walked deeper into the mountain, I could have a chance to see or hear more birds. However, it was already too hot and the season was apparently not suitable for searching for voice of birds (and it was noisy with many tourists), I returned by bus to Koyasan station.

According to the book, there is a road where one can look down Yoshino River and this place is suitable for watching hawk migration in fall.
I visited this place after a short tunnel from the station.
Surprisingly, I could hear more birds than in the recommended route. Although the view was not as good as expected, there is a valley with deciduous forest and bird species are richer here. I recorded most species here during this birding trip.

It was somewhat a surprise that the most prominent voice of bird was that of the Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea). This bird was also heard in Okunoin and it looked likely that this species is already the dominant one on this mountain.
The things might have been different a few months before when the Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis), flycatchers or cuckoos were singing.

Nevertheless, birds flew from the valley and foraged on trees near the road. I could see both male and female Blue-and-white Flycatchers (Cyanoptila cyanomelana).
This tree appears to be favorite for this species.
On the sky, both Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Cecropis daurica) were flying.

The only raptor I saw was a Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in an advanced stage of molt. I expected a bit to see the Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) according to the book, but I didn't have a chance to see it.

List of species:
Black Kite (Milvus migrans),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Horornis diphone),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

トビ, キジバト, ツバメ, コシアカツバメ, ハシブトガラス, カケス, シジュウカラ, ヒガラ, ウグイス, ヒヨドリ,
キセキレイ, サンショウクイ, メジロ, オオルリ, キビタキ, ホオジロ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ソウシチョウ
2018 July 11
North face of Mt. Fuji (Narusawa, Yamanashi)
富士山北麓 (鳴沢村, 山梨)
We visited North face of Mt. Fuji.
At different altitude of the mountain slope, we can observe different types of birds.

As soon as we reached the entrance of the forest road, there were a family of Willow Tit and a Japanese Thrush that were foraging on the road.
Subsequently, we saw several thrushes (Japanese, Brown-headed) collecting food on the road.

In the forest at the low altitude, we saw tits (Coal, Willow, Long-tailed), woodpeckers (Japanese Pygmy. Japanese, Great Spotted), Goldcrests, Asian Brown Flycatchers, Eurasian Wren, Japanese Bush Warbler, Meadow Buntings, White-bellied Green-Pigeons and Japanese Grosbeak, and heard Eastern Crowned Warblers, Narcissus Flycatchers, Lessor Cuckoos, Siberian Blue Robin and Grey Buntings.

In the forest at the higher altitude, we saw Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warblers, Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robins, Olive-backed Pipits and Brown-headed Thrush.
In the sky, many Pacific Swifts were flying high.
It was very cool (21 degree celsius) and we enjoyed birding at a highland over 1, 500 meter high.

The birds observed are;
Black Kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), Japanese Buzzard (Buteo japonicus),
Eastern Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis orientalis), White-bellied Green-Pigeon (Treron sieboldii sieboldii),
Eastern Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus subtelephonus), Lessor Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus poliocephalus),
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus kurodae),
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki nippon), Japanese Woodpecker (Picus awokera awokera),
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Picoides major hondoensis),
Japanese Jay (Garrulus glandarius japonicus), Japanese Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor minor), Coal Tit (Periparus ater insularis), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus restrictus),
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus trivirgatus),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis amaurotis),
Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone cantans),
Japanese Leaf Warbler/Pacific Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthodryas), Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus),
Chinese Hwamei (Garrulax canorus),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea lutea),
Honshu White-eye (Zosterops japonicus japonicus).
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus japonensis),
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes dauricus),
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis cardis), Brown-headed Thrush (Turdus chrysolaus chrysolaus),
Siberian Blue Robin (Larvivora cyane bochaiensis), Red-flanked Bluetail/Orange-flanked Bush-Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus cyanurus),
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina narcissina),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus saturatus),
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni hodgsoni),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides ciopsis), Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis variabilis)

トビ, ノスリ, キジバト, アオバト, カッコウ, ホトトギス, アマツバメ, 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, コガラ, ツバメ, エナガ, ヒヨドリ, ウグイス,
メボソムシクイ, センダイムシクイ, ガビチョウ, ソウシチョウ, メジロ, キクイタダキ, ミソサザイ,
ムクドリ, クロツグミ, アカハラ, コルリ, ルリビタキ, コサメビタキ, キビタキ, スズメ, ビンズイ,
イカル, ホオジロ, クロジ
2018 July 08
Ishida River (near Tsunokawa, Imazu-cho, Takashima-city) (Shiga Prefecture)
石田川,高島市角川周辺(滋賀)
This is a report by A.T. about birding at Ishida River near Tsunokawa in Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture.

Western areas in Japan were hit by severe rain following a typhoon and birding condition was not good in many places (some locations could not be reached due to railway and road problems).

I visited the same place as in May 27 to see the changes.
This region was less affected than other regions, but the water level was still higher than usual.

Compared to the previous visit, songs of summer migrants significantly decreased. Neverthelss, they occasionally sang and I could record similar species to what was observed in the last visit.

Several species were raising nestlings and fledglings.
In particular, Grey Wagtails (Motacilla cinerea) were busy bringing foods.
There were also fledglings of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) waiting for food on power lines.
In April, I could hear songs of Blue Rock Thrushes (Monticola solitarius), but they became completely silent.
Instead, I saw a juvenile bird, but grown enough to forage alone.

After watching a Black Kite (Milvus migrans) relentlessly harassed by a Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), I suddenly heard calls of a Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus).
It flew to my field of view from unexpected direction, and circled for a while. I lost the bird when it crossed the ridge. I thought that it continued to fly behind the mountain. After scanning the sky to find this bird to appear again, and no shadow of the bird, I watched other birds with least hope to see the Grey-faced Buzzard again.

However, while I was watching at the location where I lost sight of the Grey-faced Buzzard, I found a pale bird on the top of a distant tree. It was confirmed to be the Grey-faced Buzzard. I could take a video of the resting bird for several minutes, and it then took off and again became invisible.
After several tens of minutes, I noticed distant calls of this species from a somewhat different location and I searched the bird.
The bird was found on a distant tree. It initially looked to eat something, and then took a long rest and scratched the head. The bird took off and it became invisible again.
However, while scanning trees, I found it again on the same tree. This tree may be the favorite perching location for this bird.
After disappearance of the bird again, I couldn't see it to fly again.
I could occasionally hear, however, weak voice in the same direction.

List of species:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha),
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea),
Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus),
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis),
Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki),
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus),
Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone),
Japanese Tit (Parus minor), Varied Tit (Sittiparus varius), Coal Tit (Periparus ater),
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus),
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus),
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius),
Japanese Thrush (Turdus cardis),
Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana), Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina),
Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus),
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea),
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis),
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica),
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata),
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides),
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

カルガモ, アオサギ, トビ, サシバ, キジバト, アオゲラ, コゲラ, イワツバメ, ツバメ, 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, ヒガラ, エナガ, メジロ, イソヒヨドリ, クロツグミ, オオルリ, キビタキ, サンショウクイ,
セグロセキレイ, キセキレイ, ヒヨドリ, カワラヒワ, イカル, ホオジロ, ソウシチョウ
2018 July 07
Oiso Beach (Kanagawa)
大磯(神奈川)

White-bellied Green Pigeons (Treron sieboldii sieboldii)



Streaked Shearwaters (Calonectris leucomelas)



Little Tern (Sternula albifrons sinensis)

all photos by R.Kinomura
This is a report by a young birder, R.Kinomura, about birding at Oiso Beach in Kanagawa Prefecture.

I visited Oiso Beach again.
Though the number of White-bellied Green Pigeons (Treron sieboldii sieboldii) was not many, Streaked Shearwaters (Calonectris leucomelas)