Waders in Azuma-machi and Amada

Azuma-machi, Ukishima, Amada, August 21, 1999

Dear Kantorians,

With Ikenaga-san I made a rewarding trip to the Azuma-machi ricefields and we returned via Ukishima, Amada and the south coast of Kasumiguara near Kihara and Ami. Part of the trip we were joined and guided by Asuka-san, who took the following nice picture of us: picture. [The picture catches me at rare moment:I forgot to bring my binoculars on this birding trip] In total we saw 18 (!) wader species. Last year at August 18 we had 22, but then we also visited Tokyo bay.

Also of interest was the Japanese Marsh Warbler that we heard singing several times in the Amada area. Perhaps it has been breeding there this summer?

Like last year it was hot (32 degrees and full sun).

Keep birding,


Numbers are not precise countings, just rough estimates.

  1. Little Grebe Podiceps ruficollis [Kaitsuburi]
  2. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo [Kawa-u]
  3. Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha [Karu-gamo]
  4. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca crecca [Ko-gamo]
    • Amada, 2 ex
  5. Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus [Yuri-kamome]
  6. Common Tern Sterna hirundo longipennis [Ajisashi]
    • Ami-coast of Kasumigaura, one adult
  7. Little Tern Sterna albifrons [Ko-ajisashi]
    • Ami-coast of Kasumigaura: several indivuals, adult and juvenile
    • Yatsu 5 ex
  8. Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax [Goi-sagi]
  9. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis [Ama-sagi]
  10. Little Egret Egretta garzetta [Ko-sagi]
  11. Great Egret Egretta alba [Dai-sagi]
  12. Gray Heron Ardea cinerea [Ao-sagi]
  13. Common Coot Fulica atra [Oo-ban]
  14. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius [Kochidori]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 60 ex
    • Amada
  15. Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus [Shiro-chidori]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 3 ex
    • Amada: 1 ex
  16. Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva [Munaguro]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 40 ex
  17. Rufous-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis [Toonen]
    • Azuma-machi: 2 ex
  18. Long-toed Sandpiper Calidris subminuta [Hibari-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi 2 ex, (picture by Asuka-san)
    • Amada 1 ex
  19. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata [Uzura-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi 2 ex
  20. Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus sibirica [Kiriai]
    • Azuma-machi 3 ex,
  21. Ruff Philomachus pugnax [Erimaki--shigi]
    • Azuma-machi several
  22. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola [Takabu-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 5 ex
  23. Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus [Kusa-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 3 ex
  24. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis [Ko-ao-ashi-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 8 ex
  25. Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos [Iso-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 4 ex
  26. Greenshank Tringa nebulara [Aoashi-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 16 ex
  27. Gray-tailed Tatler Tringa brevipes [Kiashi-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 10
  28. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres [Kyoojo-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: at least 20 ex
  29. Swinhoe's Snipe? or Latham's Snipe? Gallinago megala [Chuuji-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: 1 ex picture by Asuka-san)
  30. Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis [Tama-shigi]
    • Azuma-machi: 2 female, 1 male (But Asuka-san could see 3 pairs and two young in the early morning; picture by Asuka-san)
  31. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus [Seitaka-shigi]
    • Amada 8 ex
  32. Japanese Skylark Alauda japonica [Hibari]
  33. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia [Shoodo-tsubame]
  34. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica [Tsubame]
  35. White Wagtail Motacilla alba [Haku-sekirei]
  36. Japanese Marsh Warbler Megalurus pryeri [Ou-sekka]
    • Ukishima: several singing.
    • Amada, 1 ex singing
  37. Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis [Sekka]
  38. Japanese Reed Bunting Emberiza yessoensis [Ko-jurin]
    • Ukishima: several singing
  39. Oriental Greenfinch Carduelis sinica [Kawarahiwa]
    • Amada several
  40. Gray Starling Sturnus cineraceus [Mukudori]
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