Sunday 2 November 2014

Tateyama Yacho no Mori

In the middle of the Minami Boso National Park, Tateyama Yacho no Mori covers about 55 acres of forest and has a couple of nature trails within its borders.

The climate in the Boso Peninsula is mild all year round so most trees are broad-leaved evergreens.

The leaflet shows quite a lot of birds in the forest but we saw more birds in the open area by the visitor centre than in the thick forest;)

The birds we saw/heard: Spotbilled Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ), Oriental Turtle Doves (Kijibatoキジバト), Bull-headed Shrikes (Mozuモズ), Thick-billed Crows (Hashibutogarasuハシブトガラス), Carrion Crows (Hashibosogarasuハシボソガラス), Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers (Kogeraコゲラ), Black-eared Kites (Tobiトビ), a House Swift (Himeamatsubameヒメアマツバメ), Eastern Great Tits (Shijukaraシジュウカラ), Varied Tits (Yamagaraヤマガラ), Japanese White-eyes (Mejiroメジロ), Long-tailed Tits (Enagaエナガ), Japanese Bush Warblers (Uguisuウグイス), Grey Starlings (Mukudoriムクドリ), Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ), White Wagtails (Hakusekireiハクセキレイ), Japanese Wagtails (Segurosekireiセグロセキレイ), Daurian Redstarts (Jobitakiジョウビタキ), Black-faced Buntings (Aojiアオジ), Oriental Greenfinches (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ), Tree Sparrows (Suzumeスズメ)
& Peafowls in the enclosure (Kujakuクジャク)

an Oriental Greenfinch (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ) by the visitor centre

a Praying Mantis (Kokamakiriコカマキリ)


the common Puffball (Hokoritakeホコリタケ)?  

the Sickener (Dokubenitakeドクベニタケ)?

A view from the hill - we spotted a house swift and a few black-eared kites from there.

Information about Tateyama Yacho no Mori (in Japanese)

After the walk in Yacho no Mori, we saw a Kestrel (Chogemboチョウゲンボウ) perching on a wire by a field.

and two female Greater Scaups (Suzugamoスズガモ) were floating on the choppy water, a bit far out in the sea. They were diving many times but it was too far for us to see if they caught anything at all.

Big flocks (sometimes as many as 50 birds) of Cormorants (Kawauカワウ) frequently flew over Tateyama. Wonder where they were heading to...


  1. Why do cormorants sometimes fly high? When over the sea, they usually fly very low.

  2. Hi Laurie, I guess they do this when they fly over land. only a guess though.