December 13th, 1997: Tsukuba -> Toride -> Kokaigawa -> Tsukuba
I biked from Tsukuba more or less straight south, then in a semi circle around Ushikunuma to Sanuki. From there via (most of the time the east bank) along the Kokai-gawa to the Tonegawa towards Toride. Via the beautiful steep river bank of the Tonegawa back to the Kokai-gawa. Keeping the westbank towards presumably as far as Mamiya Rinza. Then via Nobori in Ina-machi (where one can find still perfect yatsu's = high isolated reedlands between the forested hilltops) in a straightline to Yatabe and Tsukuba. A very nice bike trip trough at time wonderfully well preserved natural and or historic landscapes.
I was hoping to meet the birding group of Asuka-san at the bank of the Tonegawa at 9.00 am, but I arrived more than one hour late after getting near Sanuki (birding being one reason, being uncertain how to proceed near Sanuki the other...)
Weather: after a cold early morning frost a sunny and blue sky. Some wind and rather fresh temperature:
2-6 degrees Celsius.
Great crested grebe
[Kanmuri-kaitsuburi] On Tonegawa
[Kaitsuburi] On Tonegawa
[Kawa-u] On Tonegawa
[Kobu-hakuchou] 3 ex on Kokai-gawa
[Ou-hakuchou] 1 juv. on Ushikunuma
[Ma-gamo] On Tonegawa
[Karu-gamo] On Tonegawa
Anas crecca crecca
[Ko-gamo] On Tonegawa
[Seguro-kamome] two ex bathing in shallow Kokai-gawa
[Ao-sagi] Along Tonegawa
[Iso-shigi] Along Tonegawa
[Nosuri] Near Tonegawa
[Hai-taka] Female near Ushikunuma
- Merlin Falco columbarius
[Ko-chougenbou] Male near Tonegawa
[Chougenbou] 1 or 2 Female near Tonegawa. The first was hunting insects on the grassy dyke, (still some black dotted orange butterflies could be seen) the second tried the Treesparrows and Greenfinches which were distracted by my presence.
- Bamboo partridge
Bambusicola thoracica [Kojukei] 8 ex near Yatabe.
Rufous turtle dove
Japanese pygmy woodpecker
[Akahara] With perfect black head/neck and yellow bill !? near Ushikunuma, bright orange breast/belly though.
Coal tit Parus ater [Hi-gara] Near Tonegawa
[Mejiro] Near Tonegawa
Siberian meadow bunting
[Uso] Near Tonegawa
[Shime] Near Ushiku-numa
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Last modified: December 16, 1997.
Fer-Jan de Vries, firstname.lastname@example.org