South coast of Kasumigaura towards Chooshi: May 9, 1998
May 9, 1998 was a pleasantly warm day. Cristal clear view. Blue
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.
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.
Anas crecca crecca
- Ami-coast: 1 male. Near 41.50 km point.
- Hazaki: about 80 flying over the Tonen.
- Ami-coast: 2 ex near 37 km point
- Hazaki: about 30 on sandy beach with shells.
- Hazaki: 2 ex on concrete harbour wall.
Little Ringed Plover
- Ami-coast: >5 ex. 1 at least two weeks old young,
Pacific Golden Plover
- Ami-coast: 4 ex
- Along Shintonen: 1 ex
- Hazaki: a group of up to 9 ex. Relatively dark, with barred undertail and wider breaststriping visible on at least 2 individuals; Wandering tatler call (trill of some 10 notes). On the concrete blocks on the north bank of the Tonegawa river opposite the lighthouses of Chooshi. At one moment resting together in two groups, later walking around more or less individually...
- Ruddy Turnstone
- Ami-coast: 25 ex
- Shin-tonen: two groups of at least 150 ex.
- Hazaki: 2 ex
- Common snipe Gallinago gallinago [Ta-shigi]
Rufous turtle dove
- Skylark Alauda arvensis [Hibari]
Japanese Marsh Warbler
- Along the Shin-tonen
Great reed warbler
- Reed Bunting
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Last modified: May 10, 1998.