On Saturday, IKENAGA Hiroshi, FerJan DEVRIES, and I had a short afternoon trip to the Tozaki area near Lake Kasumigaura [followed by a brief visit to Shishitsuka-oike] Shorebirds were present only in small numbers, but we enjoyed an excellent view of three MARSH SANDPIPERS [Koaoashi-shigi], as well as spotting many species which were first timers for this season.
Here is the list: [in between brackets estimates by Fer-Jan de Vries]
- LITTLE GREBE [Kaitsuburi] + [more than 100] + INTERMEDIATE EGRET [Chuu-sagi] 3 - LITTLE EGRET [Ko-sagi] 3 [more than 30] - MALLARD [Ma-gamo] + - SPOT-BILLED DUCK [Karu-gamo] 1 - COMMON TEAL [Ko-gamo] + [more than 50] - EURASIAN WIGEON [Hidori-gamo] + [Shishitsuka-oike] - NORTHERN SHOVELER [Hashibiro-gamo] + - BLACK KITE [Tobi] 1 [Tsuchiura] + JAPANESE LESSER SPARROWHAWK [Tsumi] 1 [Tsukuba] - GREY-FACED BUZZARD [Sashiba] Eagle 2 - GREEN PHEASANT [Kiji] 1 - COMMON MOORHEN [Ban] 3 - EURASIAN COOT [Oo-ban] + [more than 30]
+ LITTLE RINGED PLOVER [Ko-chidori] 1 + SPOTTED REDSHANK [Tsuru-shigi] 5 + MARSH SANDPIPER [Koaoashi-shigi] 3 + WOOD SANDPIPER [Takabu-shigi] 3 + COMMON SNIPE [Ta-shigi] +
- COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL [Yuri-kamome] + - VEGA GULL [Seguro-kamome] 2 - RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE [Kiji-bato] + - EURASIAN SKYLARK [Hibari] + - BARN SWALLOW [Tsubame] + [more than 30] - WHITE WAGTAIL [Haku-sekirei] 2 - JAPANESE WAGTAIL [Seguro-sekirei] 5 - JAPANESE PIPIT [Tahibari] 2 - DUSKY THRUSH [Tsugumi] + - BUSH WARBLER [Uguisu] 2 - ORIENTAL REED WARBLER [Oo-yoshikiri] 1 - FAN-TAILED WARBLER [Sekka] 1 - SIBERIAN MEADOW BUNTING [Hoojiro] 2 - BLACK-FACED BUNTING [Aoji] 2 - REED BUNTING [Oo-jurin] 6 - ORIENTAL GREENFINCH [Kawara-hiwa] 2 - EURASIAN TREE SPARROW [Suzume] 5 - GREY STARLING [Mukudori] + - AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE [Onaga] 2 [Shishitsuka-oike] - CARRION CROW [Hashiboso-garasu] + - JUNGLE CROW [Hashibuto-garasu] +