Friday, 11 May 2018

Paddy Fields in Sakura

My new bird-watching friends living in Sakura asked me out to see Grey-tailed Tattlers and Whimbrels on paddy fields near their places.

Grey-tailed Tattlers (Kiashishigiキアシシギ)

Whimbrels (Chushakushigiチュウシャクシギ)

Both species are migratory birds and only stop over on the paddy fields around here in spring. Unfortunately, the paddy fields in Japan have no water when they are on their way back south in autumn.

The estuaries, mudflats and beaches in Japan have become catastrophic as habitats for wildlife, and paddy fields have started to attract attention as important areas for wildlife. Some wildlife-friendly projects, such as 'Fuyumizu-tambo' in which the rice farmers keep water even after harvesting the rice so that wintering waterfowl can have extra places to rest and forage, and 'Tageri-mai' in which the rice farmers keep their paddy fields as wildlife friendly as possible especially in favour of wintering Tageri 'Lapwings', have been developed and hopefully, it will be acknowleged and supported by many more people.

Sunday, 6 May 2018


Very loud callings of Long-tailed Tits' (Enagaエナガ) were heard from the thicket in Ecology Park.

there they are!

2 adults were extremely busy feeding at least 6 fledglings, all demanding their turn!

A few days later, I saw a family of Long-tailed Tits foraging through the park wood. I don't know if they were the same family but all the fledglings in this family were old enough to catch their own food:)

I spotted a rather large fledgling as well - a Carrion Crow (Hashibosogarasuハシボソガラス)

I wouldn't have known that it was a carrion crow unless an adult came to feed him.

I'm hoping to see more fledglings in the next few weeks in the park and elsewhere.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Migratory Birds in April

On the 13th of April when I did a survey in Ecology Park, I heard him singing in the thick trees and managed to spot him. A moment later, a Japanese Sparrowhawk flashed by everyone and silence fell...

An Asian Brown Flycatcher (Kosamebitakiコサメビタキ)

On the 28th April I heard him going 'zic zic zzzzzzeeeee....!'

An Eastern Crowned Warbler (Sendai-mushikuiセンダイムシクイ) - only his song

I was lucky to hear them both as they only stop over in and around Chiba-shi for a few hours - few days.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Inage Kaihin Park

Around the pond in the park, more than 25 Black-headed Gulls were peacefully preening and resting.

Some were lucky enough to be fed by passers-by with a piece of bread or something.

In a small stream between the ponds, a pair of Spot-billed Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ) were foraging.

Above them, a family of Azure-winged Magpies (Onagaオナガ) were loudly calling each other, chasing insects and eating berries.

Is there going to be some sort of fun event here?

Many Thick-billed Crows (Hashibutogarasuハシブトガラス) and Grey Starlings (Mukudoriムクドリ) were actually hunting insects on the grass.

Barn Swallows were swooping in the sky - summer is coming!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Inage Kaihin Beach

The Little Tern season has come again and I went to Inage Kaihin Park to help put up the ropes around the area where Little terns are likely to make their colony.

The project leader said he'd seen 2 little terns already, so, fingers crossed!

After the hard work, I walked in the park and looked for the signs of spring:)


This Black-headed Gull (Yurikamomeユリカモメ) turned into summer plumage already.
BH gulls don't breed in the area so today could be the last day to see them on this beach for a while.

On the concrete breakwater were a Whimbrel (Chushakushigiチュウシャクシギ),
Sanderlings (Miyubishigiミユビシギ),
 and Wigeons (Hidorigamoヒドリガモ).

Whimbrels and Sanderlings are stopping on their way to their breeding grounds and Wigeons are wintering birds and most of them have left for their breeding grounds.

Some Greater Scaups (Suzugamoスズガモ) were still there with the Wigeons.

Another BH Gull was foraging on the shore, busy running up and down!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Other Birds in Kasai Rinkai Koen

In the pond at Kasai Rinkai Koen Bird Observatory, wintering ducks were still seen as well as the resident birds.

 female Pochard (Hoshihajiroホシハジロ)
 Male Tufted Ducks (Kinkurohajiroキンクロハジロ)
 male Tufted duck & male Teal (Kogamoコガモ)
 female Tufted duck & female Pochard
 male Teal
 Moorhen (Banバン)
 a Great Egret (Daisagiダイサギ) flew in

a pair of Spot-billed Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ)


Spot-billed Ducks usually breed in this park and we will see cute ducklings in a month or so:)