Sunday 19 May 2013

Inage Yacht Harbour

We were told that Eastern House Martins (Iwatsubameイワツバメ) nest in the Inage Yacht Harbour every year, so off we went!

Found one! It looked like he/she was sitting on eggs but actually

 1, 2, 3...

Off it went

then, came back with a little beak-full of mud:)

His/Her nest was still under construction:)

Possibly a pair...

We saw lots of demolished nests and were worried that people might have done that. Then, we had a chance to have a chat with a man who's been watching birds around that area for more than 10 years and he said that the mud around there was quite sandy and that after the martins have left in the late summer, most of their nests start to break up every year. We felt relieved to hear that!

This shabby looking nest...

had actually been taken over by a Tree Sparrow (Suzumeスズメ) family.  The parents kept busy flying back and forth to keep their youngs' tummies full:)

A pair of Barn Swallows (Tsubameツバメ) perched a few yards away from the House Martin nest and a House Martin didn't seem to like that...

The one on the right with a white head and white rump is a House Martin and the two on the left are Barn Swallows.

On the beach in the park
The only waders we saw on the beach were seven Turnstones (Kyo-joshigiキョウジョシギ). There were so many sailors and surfers just off shore so no wonder it was empty (bird-wise)...

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