Birdwatching in Ibaraki-ken:
Kasumigaura Visit to the Edosaki coast of
Kasumigaura. Birding with the new scope was a deleight: the air was
clear and quiet enough to allow me to recognize birds over almost the
entire width of the lake until the opposite coast of Tozaki. Total number of ducks must have been at least 15000. Below some rough estimates. Was way too slow
to visit the Geese area this time.
Weather: In the beginning of the afternoon the weather was warm, 10 degrees celsius. Near sunset it became chilly, 4 degrees celsius. Hardly any wind, sunny the first half of the afternoon, but after 3.30 pm the sun disappeared behind a heavy cloud.
Great crested grebe
[Kanmuri-kaitsuburi] 4 ex.
[Kaitsuburi] 3 ex.
[Ma-gamo] at least 4500 ex along the coast of Edosaki and on the middle of the lake.
[Karu-gamo] At least 80 ex.
[Hashibiro-gamo] At least 400 close to the Edosaki coast.
Anas crecca crecca
[Ko-gamo] At least 2000
close to the Edosaki coast and more towards the one third of the lake.
American Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca carolinensis
1 ex. Same spot as last year on Edosaki-coast. Coast line just east of the burned house.
- Falcated Teal
[Yoshi-gamo] At least 200 ex close to the Edosaki coast!
[Okayoshi-gamo] At least 50 ex.
[Onaga-gamo] At least 3 ex.
[Hidori-gamo] Some 4000 ex mainly on the side of Tsuchiura.
[Hoshi-hajiro] 1 ex. East side of Edodosaki.
[Miko-aisa] 30 males and at least 20 females more towards the Tozaki coast.
[Seguro-kamome] 2 ex.
Eastern Mew gull
Larus c. kamchatschensis
[Kamome] 4 ex.
[Yuri-kamome] 35 ex.
[Goi-sagi] 6 ex along Edosaki-coast after sunset.
[Ko-sagi] 7 ex sleeping on some fishing construtions in the lake. Probably not Daisagi.
[Chuu-sagi] 2 ex.
[Dai-sagi] 1 ex.
[Ou-ban] 3 ex.
[Ban] 2 ex.
Vanellus vanellus 3 ex along Edosaki-coast.
[Ta-shigi] 5 ex along Edosaki-coast.
[Chougenbou] 1 female along Edosaki-coast
Rufous turtle dove
[Kiji-bato] 6 ex.
- Common kingfisher Alcedo atthis [Kama-semi] 3 ex along Edosaki-coast.
[Hibari] At least 6 ex.
[Motacilla alba] At least 4 ex.
[Seguro-sekirei] At least 12 ex.
[Tahibari] At least 20 ex.
[Mozu] 3 ex.
[Tsugumi] 3 ex.
[Kashiradaka] 4 ex.
[Kawarahiwa] At least 20 ex.
[Mukudori] At least 10 ex.
[Suzume] At least 800 ex.
[Hashibuto-garasu] 2 ex.
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Last modified: December 28, 1997.
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