From Onogawa to Edosaki along the Onogawa on Januari 3, 1998
Another bik trip along the Onogawa. I followed the small river until the big Buddha. Then I went north via the racetracks and stables of Miho, numerous hills and yatsu's to the Painted Snipe spot at Kausigaura. Alas, perhaps due to the rice planting no Tamashigi. Lots of other snipes, most Common, but one Uncommon snipe, with no white trailing wing edges.
Lots of nice flowers in the forests on the hills.
[Kaitsuburi] 2 ex calling in Kasumigaura.
[Karu-gamo] At least 4 ex.
- Green-winged Teal Anas crecca crecca [Ko-gamo] 250
roosting on the wooden bars which support the fishing nets in
- Chinese Little Bittern
[Yoshi-goi] Presumably two ex, "barking" after dark near Ami.
Many flying around after dark. At least 30 along Kasumigaura.
[Ko-sagi] 5 ex.
[Chuu-sagi] 3 ex.
[Dai-sagi] 1 ex.
[Ban] A few.
[Kuina] 1 ex flying for cover along Onogawa, 4 km south of Railroad.
Little ringed plover
[Kochidori] At least 10 ex.
Pacific Golden Plover
[Munaguro] Almost 80, at various locations (even near my house.)
- Common snipe Gallinago gallinago [Ta-shigi] At
least 20 ex.
- Uncommon snipe Gallinago spec. [?-shigi]
- Gray-faced buzzard-eagle Butastur indicus
[Sashiba] 1 ex just south of railroad bridge over Onogawa. Hunting
in ricepaddies apparently for frogs, moving from high point to high
point. It approached its preys not via a steep dive but it glides low
over the field using low obstacles to remain out of sight... While I watched, it spotteds two frogs from its
high point and approaches them at distances of 30 meters. It caught one.
Rufous turtle dove
- Bamboo partridge
Bambusicola thoracica [Kojukei] 1 ex calling near Miho
[Kiji] 1 ex calling near Miho
Japanese pygmy woodpecker
[Ko-gera] 2 ex.
- Skylark Alauda arvensis [Hibari] Could be heard at manyplaces.
- lark Alauda [?] One rather dark brownish lark, without white trailing wing edge.
[Tsubame] At least 30 ex. At several places.
[Mozu] 1 ex.
[Tsugumi] A few. (less than 10)
[Uguisu] At many places singing.
[Sekka] Singing at sveral places.
Great reed warbler
[Ou-yoshikiri] Singing at many places.
[Shijuu-kara] 2 ex.
Siberian meadow bunting
At least 15 ex.
[Kawarahiwa] At least 30 ex, at various places along the small river.
[Suzume] At many places individuals.
[Hashiboso-garasu] At least 8. One nest.
- Japanese Weasel Mustela itatsi [Itachi]
Reptiles and amphibians
- Papilio machaon [ki-ageha] (?)
- Papilio bianor dehaanii [Karasu-ageha] A large blackish one, flying over the rice fields
Flowers (but I am not a botanist and choose the name of an similar plant)
- Red-eared SliderChrysemys scripta [Mishi shitsu pi- aka mimigame] (?) Water turtle with red ear patch and two yellow lines on face. Around hindleg the edge/inside of the shell appeared was yellow.
- Hyla japonica [Nihon-amagaeru]
- Rana japonica japonica [Nihon-akagaeru]
- Rana catesbeiana [Ushi-gaeru]
- others frogs /toads
- Astragalus sinicus [Genge] Paddies full!
- Nuphar japonicum in the Onogawa!
- Iris japonica [Shaga] Near Miho on top of hills in dark pine forest!
- Disporum sessile [Houchaku-sou] Under trees.
- Arisaema urashima[Urashima-sou] Spectacular dark brown flowers (bottom part of flower is whitish.
- Arisaema serratum[Mamushi-gusa] Similar green flowers (bottom part is white) higher than the leaves.
- Corydalis incisa [Murasaki-keman]
- Small palm trees with bunches of yellow fruit/flower?
Birds in Japan and Asia
Last modified: April 29, 1998.
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