Sat, 3 Oct 1998 23:07:35
This morning Ikenaga-san and I have spend on a parking place on one of
the foothills of Mount Tsukuba while daring drivers raced up and down
the hills around us with loudly protesting brakes.
The sky was clear and cloudless at arrival at 8.00 am. When we left at
11.am little clouds were appearing and disappearing nonstop over the
whole range of mountains. (Yesterday and today were the first beautiful
and dry days after long grey and wet period.)
Migration of Sashiba had perhaps already started when we arrived. In
the second hour we saw one group of 21 Sashiba's climbing over
The first two hours the birds of prey were flying
relatively low, the last hour they were little specs that had to be
discovered along the edges of the small but developing clouds. The
Nosuris usually as single birds. The Kites flew together.
Furthermore there was lots of migrating activity from Swallows and
Swifts, and Mejiro's and Hyodori's.
A well spend morning...
Black Kite Milvus lineatus [Tobi] 2 2
Gray-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus [Sashiba] 17 24 4 45
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo [Nosuri] 9 9 4 22
Northern Goshawk Accipter gentilis [Oo-taka] 1f 1
Sparrowhawk Accipiter ? [?-taka] 1 1
Japanese Lesser Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis [Tsumi] 1 1
Hobby Falco subbuteo [Chigo-busa] 1 1 1 3
29 34 12 75
The list of observed species:
And some butterflied, among which:
Japanese Lesser Sparrowhawk
Rufous Turtle Dove
[Hime-amatsubame] 2 ex in the first hr
[Amatsubame] at least 6 ex in second hr
- Great spotted Woodpecker
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
[Koshi aka-tsubame] 2 ex in sec hr
[Tsubame] all the time
- Japanese White-eye
Siberian Meadow Bunting
Garrulus glandarius brandtii
- Red-billed Leiothrix, Pekin Robin Leiothrix lutea [Sooshicho]
- Parantica sita[Asajimadara] One of Japans migrating butterflies.