Wednesday 13 March 2013

Mizumoto Kawasemi no Sato 1

On the 8th March, we were birding in the Mizumoto Park, part of which is managed as a sanctuary for Kingfishers (Kawasemi no Sato). Half-hour guided walks are organised twice every day around this sanctuary area and we were told a pair of Kingfishers had started building their nest on an artificial bank:)

A Kingfisher (Kawasemiカワセミ) posed for us while we were on the guided walk:)

A pair of Little Grebe (Kaitsuburiカイツブリ) in breeding plumage. Yamazaki-san, who led the guided tour, said Little Grebes breed in this park every year.

A Bull-headed Shrike (Mozuモズ) was busy hunting insects and all the little birds around her went mad with alarm calls.

We see Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers (Kogeraコゲラ)  quite often in the east part of Tokyo and their distinct calls make it easy for us to notice their presence. Really cute!!!

Great Tits (Shiju-karaシジュウカラ) are amazingly doing well in the Tokyo area. They have a paler colour on their belly and sing a bit lower pitch than the ones in the UK.

Wigeons (Hidorigamoヒドリガモ) are wintering in and out of the park and will leave soon for their breeding sites in Siberia.

About the park (in English)

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