Bird observations in Ibaraki and the Kanto plain

The Kanto plain consists of the prefectures Ibaraki, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo, Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa. Sometimes Yamanishi is included as well.

Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull in Yatsu Higata Nov 25, 99. Picture copyright with Asuka-san. Currently (Feb 14, 2000) the bird can still be there.



  • March 25, 2000. Ottomuma, Hanamura, Kasumigaura and Miho
  • March 12, 2000. Bewick's, Bramblings and Buntings at Kasumigaura, Amada and Ukushima
  • Februari 12, 2000. Wryneck and Bufflehead but no Steller's eagle at Hinuma.
  • Februari 11, 2000. A Smew drake and Whoopers at Ottonuma and a Ferruginous Duck at Kashiwa-no-ha.
  • 1999

  • Sept 3-4, 1999. Waders around Azuma-machi and Amada, and some birds of prey over Tsukuba
  • Aug 28-29, 1999. Waders in Tokyo Bay and Azuma-machi and Amada.
  • Aug 21, 1999. Waders in Azuma-machi and Amada
  • June 4-10, 1999. Evening observations of Tamashigi
  • April 18, 1999. An April Morning in Douhou-koen
  • April 17, 1999. From Red-cheeked Starlings to Red Phalaropes
  • April 11, 1999. Waders along Kasumigaura, and Tokyo bay
  • Januari 15, 1999. Kamo count 1999 on the Tsuchiura coast of Kasumigaura
  • Januari 12, 1999. Morning impression from Douhou Koen.
  • Januari 9, 1999. Dalamatian Pelican: Hinuma and Kitaura.
  • Januari 2, 1999. Ikenaga-sans New Years Birding to the area around Mito.
  • 1998




    An incomplete annotated Ibaraki Checklist

    A list of annotated bird observations, initially based on daily commuting in Tsukuba and later on extended with the observations made in other parts of Ibaraki. The first observations date from December 1995.


  • Ross's Gull in Yatsu Higata Nov 25, 99. Picture copyright with Asuka-san.
  • April 11, 1999. Waders along Kasumigaura, and Tokyo bay
  • Yatsu tidal flat: between Tokyo and Chiba at the Tokyo bay: a tidal flat in the middle of highways, houses and highrises. Yet, a perfect wader site.
  • Imba-numa A morning visit at July 12, 97. The lake is a rem(a)inder of a former river and surrounding marshlands. Excellent spot for herons, bitterns and Japanese reed bunting.
  • Gull-watching in and around Chooshi in Ibaraki and Chiba on Februari 21, 1998

  • Tokyo

  • Oi Bird Park
    This is a bird sanctuary of the Wild Bird Society of Japan in the highly developed harbour area of Tokyo close to Haneda airport.
  • Kasai-rinkan-koen
    This is a new park next to Disney World in the east bay area of Tokyo. The shallow bay, and the mudflats attract big numbers of waterfowl.
  • Ueno Park
    Ueno pond is the large pond adjacent to Ueno Zoo in the centre of Tokyo. In the middle of the city it is a rather unexpected refuge for wintering waterfowl.
  • Februari 24, 2000. Ueno pond
  • Meiji-jingu
    The forest garden around the Meiji-jingu (a Shinto-shrine built in 1920) offers despite all the visitors quiet corners for birdwatching.

  • Saitama

  • Around Hatoyama and Takasaka: A modest list of annotated bird observations around the Hitachi lab in Hatoyama. Most observations are made while commuting by bike between Takasaka (on the Tobu-tojo line 1 hr north of Tokyo) and Hatoyama, Saitama-ken, Japan, from July 1, 1995 until July 1, 1996.

  • Tochigi

  • The Watarase Retension Basin at the north border of Saitama prefecture
    A former marsh land area (roughly 1000 hectare) in between two main rivers just before they flow together and join the Tonegawa river.
  • Okku-Nikko and surroundings in Tochigi-prefecture,


  • Yamanakako is one of the five lakes around mount Fuji. I was there in spring at a seminar of Tsukuba university, just in time to see some courtship display of the Falcated teal.

  • Kanagawa


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