Terns and Pratincoles

Ukishima - Hasaki June 20, 1998

Departing at 4 am, and distrusting the weather conditions at Tsukuba-san after a windy and rainy night, we decided to have a look in Ukishima. It turned out to be a rather windy and in the early morning cloudy day with good visibility. Not good for small songbirds, so we drove to the coast of Hasaki. Before the day could become really hot, we returned home. After checking out the Pratincoles near Ukishima for a second time that day, we found a lonely Pochard (kind of resembling a Canvasback...) somewhere near the crossing Route 125 and the Sakura-gawa.

Highlights The bright sun gave us a perfect view on a group of about hunderd terns on the beach just north of the harbor of Hasaki. We could recognize 4 species (two subspecies of Common Tern, Little Tern, Artic Tern and Roseate Tern) despite disturbances by fishermen, people with dogs, a moterbike and a friendly chatting local birder. There was also a group of Great Knots, of which Brazil's Birds of Japan seems to mention migration during April and May only.

Participants: IKENAGA Hiroshi, Fer-Jan de Vries

Weather: Rather gusty wind after a rainy night. At dawn it was dry but overcast, but the clouds disappeared during first half of the morning, leaving a bright sky and suddenly hot weather. Very good visibility: especially when watching the terns with the sun behind us.

  1. Little Grebe Podiceps ruficollis [Kaitsuburi]
  2. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo [Kawa-u]
  3. Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha [Karu-gamo]
  4. Pochard Aythya ferina [Hoshi-hajiro]
  5. Herring Gull Larus argentatus [Seguro-kamome]
  6. Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris [Umineko]
  7. Streaked Shearwater Calonectris ieucomelas [Oo-mizunagidori]
  8. Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii [Beni-ajisashi]
  9. Common Tern Sterna hirundo longipennis [Ajisashi] Common Tern Sterna hirundo minussensis [Ajisashi]
  10. Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea [Kyoku-ajisashi]
  11. Little Tern Sterna albifrons [Ko-ajisashi]
  12. Chinese Little Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis [Yoshi-goi]
  13. Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax [Goi-sagi]
  14. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis [Ama-sagi]
  15. Little Egret Egretta garzetta [Ko-sagi]
  16. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia [Chuu-sagi]
  17. Gray Heron Ardea cinerea [Ao-sagi]
  18. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius [Kochidori]
  19. Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus [Shiro-chidori]
  20. Sanderling Crocethia alba [Miyubi-shigi]
  21. Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris [Oba-shigi]
  22. Gray-tailed Tatler Tringa brevipes [Kiashi-shigi] 1 ex on flying and calling north of the harbor of Hasaki.
  23. Wandering Tatler Tringa incana [Meriken-kiashi-shigi]
  24. Indian Pratincole Glareola maldivarum [Tsubame-chidori]
  25. Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus [Choogenboo]
  26. Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola thoracica [Kojukei]
  27. Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis [Kiji-bato]
  28. Skylark Alauda arvensis [Hibari]
  29. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica [Tsubame]
  30. White Wagtail Motacilla alba [Haku-sekirei]
  31. Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis [Hiyodori]
  32. Bush Warbler Cettia diphone [Uguisu]
  33. Japanese Marsh Warbler Megalurus pryeri [Ou-sekka]
  34. Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis [Sekka]
  35. Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus [Ou-yoshikiri]
  36. Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps [Ko-yoshikiri]
  37. Japanese Reed Bunting Emberiza yessoensis [Ko-jurin]
  38. Tree Sparrow Passer montanus [Suzume]
  39. Gray Starling Sturnus cineraceus [Mukudori]
  40. Carrion Crow Corvus corone [Hashiboso-garasu]
  41. Jungle Crow Corvus macrorhynchos [Hashibuto-garasu]

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