Waders at the South coast of Kasumigaura: April 25, 1998,
Despite the rain we (that is Ikenaga Hiroshi, Izumita Tomoko and Fer-Jan de
Vries on this occasion) left Tsukuba at 10:30 am by car. The rain was light but luckely not
non-stop. As a result not too many people along the south coast of
Kasumigaura: just the local farmers and some hardcore
The rice fields were being prepared for planting. Many
fields which were dry last week were now inundated. The fields further away from the lake (and usually more dry)
were sometimes freshly ploughed.
Compared to one week ago this resulted in less Golden Plovers, and less Common Snipes. The Reed Warblers were now everywhere singing actively. The number of Dusky thrushes seemed to have become smaller since last week.
Highlights were a Water rail and
in total 12 wader species including a Temminck sandpiper, a pair of
Painted snipes, Marsh Sandpiper and a Ruff.
Despite the rain the birding turned
out to be contagious: when Izumita-san left for home she was newly
outfitted with binoculars and fieldguides and expert advice by Ikenaga-san.
clouded, often light rain. Quite warm (20-25) and hardly any
wind. Reasonable visibility.
[Kawa-u] At least 4.
[Karu-gamo] At least 10.
[Hashibiro-gamo] At least 30 ex.
Anas crecca crecca
[Ko-gamo] At least 30.
[Yoshi-gamo] At least 8 ex.
[Hidori-gamo] At least 15 birds.
[Yuri-kamome] At least 20 ex.
Black-crowned night-heron A group of them might live
[Goi-sagi] 1 ex near Ukishima.
[Ama-sagi] 1 ex.
[Ko-sagi] 5 ex.
[Chuu-sagi] 12 ex.
[Ao-sagi] 5 ex in Ukishima.
[Ou-ban] 6 ex.
[Ban] 10 ex.
[Kuina] 1 ex walking.
Little ringed plover
[Kochidori] At least 23 ex.
[Shiro-chidori] At least 4 ex.
Pacific Golden Plover
[Munaguro] Almost 60, at 4 different locations,
[Ojiro-tounen] 1 ex near Ami.
[Erimaki-shigi] 1 ex near Ukishima.
[Ko-ao-ashi-shigi] 1 ex near Ukishima.
[Iso-shigi] 1 ex near Ami.
- Rudy turnstone
[Kyoujo-shigi] 3 ex.
[Tsuru-shigi] 12 ex near Ukishima.
[Chuushaku-shigi] 1 ex near Ukishima.
- Common snipe Gallinago gallinago [Ta-shigi] At
least 12 ex. Less than last week, it seemed. Perhaps they don't like the ricefields which have been made ready for riceplanting. No other "smaller" snipes like last week.
[Tama-shigi] One female and one male. Not calling. At first walking on top of a rather wet grassy field, later on resting in the middle on adjacent ricepaddy, which was rather wet with a very spars grassy vegetation, located in the corner of the roads. at the same spot as previous week and year.
Eastern Marsh harrier
[Chuuhi] 1 ex near Ukishima.
Rufous turtle dove
[Kiji] 1 ex near Edosaki
- Skylark Alauda arvensis [Hibari] Could be heard at various places. At least 15 ex.
[Tsubame] At least 50 ex. At many places, Sometimes gathering mud.
[Haku-sekirei] At least 2 ex.
[Tsugumi] At some places, but more near Edosaki and Ukishima, at least 30 ex.
[Uguisu] At various places calling.
Japanese marsh warbler
[Ou-sekka] Several ex near Ukishima.
[Sekka] At least 20 ex calling.
Great reed warbler
[Ou-yoshikiri]At least 20 ex calling.
Siberian meadow bunting
1 ex. singing.
[Aoji] 1 ex.
- Japanese reed bunting
- Reed Bunting
[Ou-jurin] 1 ex.
[Suzume] At various places, at 40 ex.
[Mukudori] Everywhere, at least 100 ex.
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Last modified: April 25, 1998.