Birding/ Bird watching in Japan

Friday 5th of April 2019 and my alarm went off at 4 o´clock. I had tea and me breakfast in my room and I went to meet my Guide 10 minutes before 6 o´clock. I approached the door looking for my Guide´s car when I realized that I had forgotten my glasses in my room. I just said hello and I went back to my room to get my glasses.

We left Bayside Hotel Azur Takeshiba 5 minutes later and our first stop will be at the Sanbanze Seaside Park where we will try to catch some waders when the high tide goes back out in Tokyo Bay leaving mudflats behind for the birds to look for food at.


船橋市--ふなばし三番瀬海浜公園 - Sanbanze Seaside Park

Sanbanze Seaside Park
Sanbanze Seaside Park

A nice place and you can experience different habitat during your visit. Waders on the mudflats. Walk on the road (closed for traffic) between the park and the beach. There are trees with birds and at the west side of the beach there are a huge area with reeds between the beach and the walk/ bike path.

I step out of the car and I spot a few White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリs but no pictures. We walk in to the park towards the beach. We could see some bird watchers when we came down to the beach. The tide was just turning going back out and we could see some waders on the mud flats. There was a Grey Heron sitting on one of the pools.

About 100 Great Cormorants chasing fish further down the beach and a few hundred Dunlings on the beach mixed with a few Grey Plovers.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park
Bird watchers on the beach

I´m mostly interested in birds I can come close to so I went ip to check out the lawn. I kept my eye out for Starlings and I spotted a few more White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ and I try to take a picture. Not so good, but as it is the first time I see the bird I keep the picture.

I spotted e few Eurasian Tree Sparrows and another finch looking bird. I ask my guide and he tells me that it is a Greenfinch.

Don´t look much like the Greenfinch I´m used to, but this was an Oriental Greenfinch. DARN! The pictures wasn´t really any good.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park - Oriental Greenfinch
Oriental Greenfinch

Dusky Thrush, Turdus eunomus, ツグミ

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park
Beach - Tree line - walk / bike path

I was back in the beach and I spotted a group of Black-headed Gulls and I thought never mind, but I spotted a different gull in the group and I tried to walk up on them. Kamchatka gull, or as we know it, Common Gull. Kamchatka gull is a subspecies:
L. c. kamtschatschensis – Bonaparte, 1857; syn. L. kamtschatschensis – Kamchatka gull. Found in northeastern Asia. Large; mantle medium-dark grey; wingtips with extensive black; iris pale. Mass 394–586 g

Common Gull, Fiskmås, Larus canus, Mew Gull, Kamchatka gull, カモメ

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ

One thing is for sure, Kamchatka gull sounds more exciting than Common Gull. We leave the beach and we walk along the bike/ walk path. I see a Dusky Thrush and I sneak up on the bird to get a picture when I guy pass us on a bike. I point towards the back of the dyke to let him know that we´re sneaking up on a bird and we need to be quiet.

I waves at me as he become jolly. He start to ring is bell and the bird takes off. He brings out food and he start to feed the cats behind the dyke. I had not seen the cats and he thought I was signalling to him that there were cats. He was obviously feeding the cats in the area.

Me and my guide were, well, what to say? We continuing towards the dead end chasing a group of Common Reed Buntings, but no pictures as the birds were moving all the times or hiding in the reeds.

Walking back and I spotted a Japanese White-eye and I also managed to get a sound recording of the bird. We walk towards the other end on the park and we pass a Large-billed Crow.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park - Red Bunting
A group of Great Cormorants feeding

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park
We can see Mount Fuji

Large-billed crow, thick-billed crow, Jungle crow, Corvus macrorhynchos, ハシブトガラス, Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis, อีกา

Warbling White-eye, Zosterops japonicus, Japanese White-eye, Mountain White-eye, メジロ
Japanese White-eye

Warbling White-eye, Zosterops japonicus, Japanese White-eye, Mountain White-eye, メジロ
Japanese White-eye

Listen to the Japanese White-eye

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder, high pass filter applied in Audacity

Recording the bird was easy, but I really had to fight to get a picture of the bird.

www.xeno-canto.org


We left the area and we walked across a field and I tried to take some pictures of the White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ when I spotted a wagtail. A White Wagtail but it looked different. Turned out to be a Black backed wagtail, the Motacilla alba lugens but none of the pictures were good enough to make it to my list of observed birds.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Sanbanze Seaside Park
Black Backed Wagtail / ハクセキレイ

White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ
White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ

White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ
White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ

White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ
White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ

Walking over the parking lot on the way back to the car and I spotted a few White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリs and I went to take some pictures. Now I´m happy with the White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ and I can concentrate on other birds. We left Sanbanze Seaside Park bound for Yatsu Tidal Flat and we stopped at 7 Eleven to buy some picnic lunch.

My eBird checklist from Sanbanze Seaside Park can be downloaded HERE
Or online on ebird´s web page, click HERE


習志野市--谷津干潟 - Narashino--Yatsu Tidal Flat


Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Yatsu Tidal Flat - Click HERE for bigger picture

We arrive to Yatsu Tidal Flat and I have water and mango juice from 7 Eleven + my picnic lunch. We get out of the car and there are not so many birds. A couple of Eurasian Coots in front of us. They don´t bother with us as we´re 4 meter above the water level looking down on the tidal flats. Well, it was like walking along a jetty and the bird didn´t seem to bother about us.


Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, Sothöna, オオバン

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Yatsu Tidal Flat

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Yatsu Tidal Flat

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Yatsu Tidal Flat

Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Chinese spot-billed Duck, Anas zonorhyncha
Eastern Spot-billed Duck

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper / イソシギ

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper / イソシギ

Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, Drillsnäppa, イソシギ
Common sandpiper / イソシギ

We are ready with the birds on the tidal flats so we start walking to the visitor centre and the bird hide. There are some birds on the pond at the bird hide. We see a Goshawk flying by chased by a crow several times. We hear a Japanese Tit when we leave the hide and I manage to get a recording, but no pictures.

Walking through the “forest” (5 minutes) and we´re on the walk path along the tidal flats. But the reeds cover the water and the birds so we turn around and start walking back to the car.

Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove, Streptopelia orientalis
Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Visitor Centre

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Visitor Centre

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Bird hide at the pond

Great Egret / Great White Heron
Great Egret from the hide

Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler from the hide

Eurasian/Green-winged Teal
Eurasian/Green-winged Teal from the bird hide

Listen to the Japanese tit / シジュウカラ

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder. High pass filter applied in Audacity

One bird seems to reply to another bird that we can hear weak on the recording. I chased the bird trying to get a picture, but I failed


www.xeno-canto.org

Listen to the Japanese tit / シジュウカラ

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder High pass filter applied in Audacity

The bird changed song so it is the same bird with two different calls. I tried to get pictures but I failed.


www.xeno-canto.org


Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Walking through the “forest”

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
We are through the “forest”

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Walking along Yatsu Tidal Flat

Japanese tit, Parus minor, Oriental tit, シジュウカラ

Eurasian/Green-winged Teal
Eurasian/Green-winged Teal from the bird hide

Grey Heron
Grey Heron from the bird hide

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Time for our picnic lunch

I manage to get a picture of the Japanese Tit on the way back through the “forest” We have our picnic lunch when we´re back at the car. We´re getting stuck for more than an hour as we discover many birds on the tidal flats. Hundreds of Dunlins and Grey Plovers. But we discover one rarity, the Great Knot. I make a video of two Little Ringed Plovers.


Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Little Ringed Plover

White-cheeked Starling or Grey Starling, Spodiopsar cineraceus, ムクドリ
White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ feeding on the mudflats

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Yatsu Tidal Flat
Dunlins and Grey Plovers on the mud flats

We leave the Yatsu Tidal Flats behind and we´re happy with the visit. Of course, some of the birds did not make it to my list of observed birds as the pictures were substandard.

But it is a few more years before I die so no need to finish all the birds in one day. Next stop Kasai Rinkai Park.

My eBird checklist from Yatsu Tidal Flat can be downloaded HERE
Or online on ebird´s web page, click HERE


江戸川区--葛西臨海公園・葛西海浜公園
Edogawa Ward--Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo

We find a parking place at Kasai Rinkai Park and it looks to be a lot of people in the park today. Turned out that it is some kind of school holiday. We walked across a small pond with several of the Eastern Spot-billed Duck and I could get some pictures. The ducks were behind grass back at the Yatsu Tidal Flats so I could get some pictures with a clear view of the bird.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo

Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Chinese spot-billed Duck, Anas zonorhyncha
Eastern Spot-billed Duck

Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Chinese spot-billed Duck, Anas zonorhyncha
Eastern Spot-billed Duck

White-cheeked Starling or Grey Starling, Spodiopsar cineraceus, ムクドリ
White-cheeked Starling / ムクドリ feeding on a field

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Cherry trees

Japanese tit, Parus minor, Oriental tit, シジュウカラ
Japanese tit / シジュウカラ

Japanese tit, Parus minor, Oriental tit, シジュウカラ
Japanese tit / シジュウカラ

Japanese tit, Parus minor, Oriental tit, シジュウカラ
Japanese tit / シジュウカラ

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Azur Winged Magpie

Listen to the Azur Winged Magpie

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High pass filter applied in Audacity

I spent most of the time in the park trying to get pictures of the birds, but I only came up with a few bad pictures. Nothing worth showing here


www.xeno-canto.org

We spot the beautiful Azur-winged Magpie, impossible to get any pictures of the bird. But I managed to make a sound recording. We walk through the park and we reach the waterfront. Strong winds and the sun was against us so no need to waste any time here. I tried my luck with a Little Egret but the pictures was not any good against the sun.

We went back to the park trying to get a picture of the Azur Winged Magpie. No luck with the pictures, but I spotted a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/ コゲラ while chasing after the Azur Winged Magpies. But again, no luck with the pictures.

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
At the water front

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ
Breeding plumage: Long nape-, back-plumes

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ
Little Egret / コサギ
Breeding plumage: Long nape-, back-, breast-plumes

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/ コゲラ

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/ コゲラ

The pictures of the Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker/ コゲラ is not good enough for the bird to make it to my list of observed birds. We had spent the time looking for birds in the western part of the park. Now we want to walk to the bird sanctuary on the east side of the park. There are birds all over the park but there are some hides at the bird sanctuary.

Kasai Rinkai Park
Map
Map from picsbud.com

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
We reach the bird sanctuary

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
We reach the bird sanctuary

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Bird hide at the bird sanctuary

By the time we reached the bird sanctuary it started to blow, very strong winds and we decided to go back. Lucky with the wind, the Egrets could hardly fly and I got a few pictures of a Little Egret. And I got to see a Little Egret with red face and red feet. First time for me ever, otherwise I see them with blue face

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ
Little Egret / コサギ in breeding uniform

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, นกยางเปีย, コサギ
Little Egret / コサギ in breeding uniform

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Vigg, キンクロハジロ

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Vigg, キンクロハジロ
Female Tufted Duck

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Walking back to the car...

Birding/ Bird watching in Japan - Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
...stopping at the hides on the way

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ

Grey Heron, Gråhäger, Ardea cinerea, นกกระสานวล, アオサギ
Grey Heron / アオサギ

We walk back towards the car and we pass a pond with ducks and I give it a try with the camera. Can´t say that I was very lucky. The walk way back to the parking lot was in lee so no wind and it was nice walking dawn the walk path. In a ZIG ZAG pattern and there was bird hides we stopped at. Well, we spotted a Snipe but no picture. A Grey Heron posed for us and I managed to get a few pictures from the hide.

My eBird checklist from Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo can be downloaded HERE
Or online on ebird´s web page, click HERE


I was very happy with my day, we have had an excellent tour of Tokyo and I was very happy with my Guide that run Japan-Birding. So, we´re off to Miyagase Lake Park to look for birds. Click HERE to find out if we find any birds.




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