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.