Thursday 5 January 2017

Roppo Mizu-no-Michi

There is a path alongside a stream just outside the Chiba Zoo, which is quiet and good for birding, so I was told, and of course, off I went!

It was a beautiful morning and although I was worried about the winds, I didn't feel much on the path being protected by the trees.

Chiba Urban Monorail Line - not so urban around here though!

Brambling (Atoriアトリ)
They come to the southern part of Kanto every 3 or 4 years when the food is scarce in the mountain forests and this winter is one of them. They have been spotted almost anywhere in the region.

a female Daurian Redstart (Jobitakiジョウビタキ)

 Eastern Great Tit (Shijukaraシジュカラ)
 She caught a small caterpillar!

Pale Thrush (Shiroharaシロハラ)
S/he was busy digging for an insect or two among the leaves.

The stream itself has very little water and the banks on both sides are the utterly environmentally unfriendly, with vertical concrete sadly. There was no vegetation in the water and no sign of birds...But the green area above was full of bird calls and movements and I'm sure I'll come back soon to walk even further.

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