South coast of Kasumigaura towards Chooshi: May 9, 1998

May 9, 1998 was a pleasantly warm day. Cristal clear view. Blue sky. Wind.

With Ikenaga-san we started out at the Ami-coast. Because of the wind waves on the Ami-coast of Kasumigaura. Hence the ducks were either far out on the lake or on the wooden railings that support the nets of the fishermen. The American Wigeon was now sitting on a post near 41 km point. The former sand deposit near km 45 is now a nice spot for Falcated teal (courting each other gracefully) and plovers (one almost full fledged Snowy plover young was running around.)

Then around noon we hurried to Hazaki, which is the harbor opposite Chooshi, the fishing port on the border of Chiba and Ibaraki. (Mark Brazil left the place nameless on the map at page 65 in his Birdwatchers Guide to Japan: I guess it deserves better...) The peninsula of Chooshi is the easternmost point of central Japan. Highlights: TWO tattler species, Oystercatcher. And the big flocks of little terns and common terns were nice to see.

On the way back from Hazaki we watched the Japanese Marsh Warblers for a while and had a brief look at some waders along a marvelous slap of land between the Tonen and Shintonen (reedland and ricefields, and of course on a former prime spot the inevitable golfcourse "Wild Ducks").

Finally we had a brief look at Ukishima. The Ruff was still there, accompagnied by even more Spotted Redshanks.

Moreover the jumping fish at the dam (?) in the Shin-tonen was impressive: Hakuren (jap) or Renghi (chin): big fish, dark gray-brown on the back with a lighter belly, rather round. About one meter long. Jumping at least 1 meter high above the water level. A former chinese fish, as Ikenaga-san explained me.

  1. Little Grebe Podiceps ruficollis [Kaitsuburi]
  2. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo [Kawa-u]
  3. Temminck's Cormorant Phalacrocorax filamentosus [Umi-u]
  4. Mallard Anas Platyrhynchos [Ma-gamo]
  5. Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha [Karu-gamo]
  6. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata [Hashibiro-gamo]
  7. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca crecca [Ko-gamo]
  8. Falcated Teal Anas falcata [Yoshi-gamo]
  9. Gadwall Anas strepera [Okayoshi-gamo]
  10. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope [Hidori-gamo]
  11. American Wigeon Anas americana [Amrika-hidori]
  12. Herring Gull Larus argentatus [Seguro-kamome]
  13. Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris [Umineko]
  14. Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus [Yuri-kamome]
  15. Common Tern Sterna hirundo [Ajisashi]
  16. Little Tern Sterna albifrons [Ko-ajisashi]
  17. Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax [Goi-sagi]
  18. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis [Ama-sagi]
  19. Little Egret Egretta garzetta [Ko-sagi]
  20. Intermediate egret Egretta intermedia [Chuu-sagi]
  21. Great Egret Egretta alba [Dai-sagi]
  22. Gray Heron Ardea cinerea [Ao-sagi]
  23. Coot Fulica atra [Ou-ban]
  24. Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus [Ban]
  25. Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus [Miyakodori]
  26. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius [Ko-chidori]
  27. Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus [Shiro-chidori]
  28. Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva [Munaguro]
  29. Rufous-necked Stint Caladris ruficollis [Toonen]
  30. Dunlin Caladris alpina [Hama-shigi]
  31. Sanderling Crocethia alba [Miyubi-shigi]
  32. Ruff Philomachus pugnax [Erimaki--shigi]
  33. Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos [Iso-shigi]
  34. Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus [Tsuru-shigi]
  35. Gray-tailed Tatler Tringa brevipes [Kiashi-shigi]
  36. Wandering Tatler Tringa incana [Meriken-kiashi-shigi]
  37. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres [Kyoujo-shigi]
  38. Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica [Oo-sori hashi-shigi]
  39. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus [Chuushaku-shigi]
  40. Common snipe Gallinago gallinago [Ta-shigi]
  41. Rufous turtle dove Streptopelia orientalis [Kiji-bato]
  42. Skylark Alauda arvensis [Hibari]
  43. Barn swallow Hirundo rustica [Tsubame]
  44. Japanese Marsh Warbler Megalurus pryeri [Oo-sekka]
  45. Fan-tailed warbler Cisticola juncidis [Sekka]
  46. Great reed warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus [Ou-yoshikiri]
  47. Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus [Oo-jurin]
  48. Tree Sparrow Passer montanus [Suzume]
  49. Gray Starling Sturnus cineraceus [Mukudori]
  50. Jungle crow Corvus macrorhynchos [Hashibuto-garasu]

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