Yoichi IV

I had a chance to head out with Naoaki to Yoichi River to check out the summer birds. A hot day, but many birds to get excited about. We both enjoyed not only discovering new birds, but marveling at the unique behavior of the birds we saw. At Cape Moire, near the mouth of the river; we had a chance to see Japanese Green Pigeons for the first time. They were drinking ocean water and jetting back into the dense jungle like brush on the opposing hill. We also enjoyed lunch, sitting down by the river watching Meadow Buntings hopping around.

🙂 Jeff

Looking from Cape Moire across to the next.
The Green Pigeons popped out from under the pylons.
Excursion #: 42
Place: Yoichi River area, Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
Date: 6-16-2019
Time: 9:00-17:00
Weather: Sunny
Equipment: 1. Nikon D90 
2. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3 
3. Nikon D80 w/ multibattery pack 
4. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
5. Nikon “Monarch” 10×42 6°
eBird checklist w/map: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57393477

Day list of birds sighted:

  • Eastern Spot-billed Duck (8)
  • Mallard Duck (ssp. platyrhynchos) (9)
  • Oriental Turtle Dove (ssp. orientalis) (1)
  • White-bellied Pigeon (aka Japanese Green Pigeon) (ssp. sieboldii) (6)
  • Eurasian (Common) Cuckoo (ssp. telephonus) (2)
  • Eurasian Moorhen (ssp. indica) (1)
  • Black-tailed Gull (30)
  • Slaty-backed Gull (2)
  • Great Cormorant (ssp. sinensis) (5)
  • Japanese Cormorant (10)
  • Northern Oriental Honey Buzzard (ssp. orientalis) (1)
  • Black-eared Kite (ssp. lineatus) (6)
  • Carrion Crow (ssp. orientalis) (1)
  • Large-billed Crow (ssp. Japonensis) (4)
  • Eurasian Skylark (ssp. japonica) (1)
  • Barn Swallow (ssp. gutteralis) (8+)
  • Asian House Martin (ssp. dasypus) (20+)
  • Marsh Tit (ssp. hensoni) (1)
  • Japanese Tit (ssp. minor) (1)
  • Brown-eared Bulbul (ssp. hensoni) (4)
  • Japanese Bush Warbler (ssp. viridis) (4)
  • Oriental Reed Warbler (16+)
  • Siberian Stonechat (6+)
  • Chestnut-cheeked Starling (3)
  • White-cheeked Starling (2)
  • White Wagtail (aka Black-backed Wagtail) (ssp. lugens) (5+)
  • Oriental Greenfinch (ssp. kawarahiba) (8)
  • Grey-headed Bunting (aka Chestnut-eared Bunting) (ssp. fucata) (2)
  • Meadow Bunting (ssp. ciopsis) (2)
  • Black-faced Bunting (ssp. personata) (3)
  • Russet (Cinnamon) Sparrow (ssp. rutilans) (4)
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow (ssp. saturatus) (3)
  • Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis (ssp. bengalensis) (1)

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Kasai Rinkai Park

Got to visit a great park next to Tokyo Disneyland. I was surprised to find a bird sanctuary there and many birders. It was quite hot this day. Not too many varieties of birds out in the afternoon. It seemed as more birders than birds. Haha, we were all mulling around like zombies; waiting for some new bird to pop out of the brush. It was quite enjoyable all in all.

Jeff 🙂

Excursion #: 41
Place: Kasai Rinkai Park, Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Date: 6-8-2019
Time: 12:00-15:00
Weather: sunny
Equipment: 1. Nikon D90 
2. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
3. Nikon “Monarch” 10×42 6° 
eBird checklist w/map: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57447416

Day list of birds sighted:

  • Barn Swallow (ssp. gutteralis) (20+)
  • Brown-eared Bulbul (ssp. amaurotis) (10+)
  • Eastern Spot-billed Duck (6)
  • Eurasian Coot (ssp. atra) (8+)
  • Great (White) Egret (3)
  • Grey Heron (1)
  • Japanese Tit (1)
  • Japanese Wagtail (1)
  • Rock Pigeon (8+)
  • White-cheeked Starling (4)
  • Large-billed Crow (6+)
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow (10+)
  • Great Cormorant (ssp. hanadae) (1)
  • Japanese Cormorant (1)
  • Little Grebe (2+)
  • Common Pochard (2+)

Name Barn Swallow
Scientific Name Hirundo rustica (ssp. gutteralis)
Number Seen20+
Name Brown-eared Bulbul
Scientific Name Hypsipetes amaurotis (ssp. hensoni)
Number Seen10+
Name Eastern Spot-billed Duck
Scientific Name Anas zonorhyncha
Number Seen6
Name Eurasian Coot
Scientific Name Fulica atra (ssp. atra)
Number Seen8+
Name Great (White) Egret
Scientific Name Ardea alba (ssp. alba)
Number Seen3
Name Grey Heron
Scientific Name Ardea cinerea (ssp. jouyi)
Number Seen1
Name Japanese Tit
Scientific Name Parus minor (ssp. minor)
Number Seen1
Name Japanese Wagtail
Scientific Name Motacilla grandis
Number Seen1
Name Rock Pigeon
Scientific Name Columba livia (ssp. livia)
Number Seen8+
Name White-cheeked Starling
Scientific Name Sturnus cineraceus
Number Seen4
Name Large-billed Crow
Scientific Name Corvus macrorhynchos (ssp. japonensis)
Number Seen6+
Name Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Scientific Name Passer montanus (ssp. saturatus)
Number Seen10+
Name Great Cormorant
Scientific Name Phalacrocorax carbo (ssp. hanedae)
Number Seen2
Name Japanese Cormorant
Scientific Name Phalacrocorax capillatus
Number Seen1
Name Little Grebe
Scientific Name Tachybaptus ruficollis (ssp.  poggei)
Number Seen2+
Name Common Pochard
Scientific Name Aythya ferina
Number Seen2+

Three-in-One

I started out the morning at Naebo Park, then the afternoon and late afternoon in Otaru Park and at the top of Mount Tengu. First time to Otaru Park and down the first easy trail on Mount Tengu. Mount Tengu and Otaru Park both need fuller exploration. The cicadas were so loud at Naebo Park today, I could barely hear the sounds of the birds. Eventually I got use to turning out the cicadas. Usually, The Otaru Bird Club meets this day at 9 am, but when I showed up no one was around. I later learn there was a fluctuating schedule, where sometimes the location and time was changed. This day they were at Naebo Park at 5 am. The cicadas were probably asleep then!

Jeff 🙂

Views from Mount Tengu

Excursion #: 40
Place: Naebo Park, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Mount Tengu, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Otaru Park, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Date: 6-2-2019
Time: 9:00-16:45
Weather: Sunny
Equipment: 1. Nikon D90 
2. Bower 500mm Mirror lens F6.3 
3. Nikon D80 w/ multibattery pack 
4. Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED VR
5. Nikon “Monarch” 10×42 6°
6. Zoom H2 Field Recorder
eBird checklist w/map: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57416181
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57416270
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57416300

Naebo Park

Mount Tengu

Otaru Park


Day list of birds sighted:

  • Japanese Tit (3) N, T
  • Great-spotted Woodpecker (ssp. japonicus) (3) N
  • Narcissus Flycatcher (ssp. narcissina) (2) N
  • Large-billed Crow (ssp. japonensis) (8) N, T
  • Japanese Bush Warbler (ssp. viridis) (1) N
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow (ssp. saturatus) (10) N, O, T
  • Varied Tit (ssp. varius) (1) N
  • Marsh Tit (ssp. hensoni) (2) N
  • Brown-eared Bulbul (ssp. hensoni) (4) N, O
  • (Japanese) Pygmy Woodpecker (ssp. seebohmi) (1) N
  • Black-eared kite (ssp. lineatus) (1) T
  • Eurasian (Common) Cuckoo (ssp. telephonus) (1) T
  • Oriental Turtle Dove (ssp. orientalis) (1) N

N=Naebo Park, O=Otaru Park, T=Mount Tengu


NameJapanese Tit
Scientific NameParus minor
Number Seen3
NameGreat-spotted Woodpecker
Scientific Name Dendrocopos major (ssp. japonicus)
Number Seen3
NameNarcissus Flycatcher
Scientific NameFicedula narcissina (ssp. narcissina)
Number Seen2
NameLarge-billed Crow
Scientific NameCorvus macrorhynchos (ssp. japonensis)
Number Seen8
Name Japanese Bush Warbler
Scientific Name Horornis diphone (ssp. viridis)
Number Seen1

(heard) copyrighted and with thanks to: Roger Holberg

NameEurasian Tree Sparrow
Scientific NamePasser montanus (ssp. saturatus)
Number Seen10
Name Varied Tit
Scientific Name Sittiparus varius (ssp. varius)
Number Seen1
NameMarsh Tit
Scientific NamePoecile palustris (ssp. hensoni)
Number Seen2
NameBrown-eared Bulbul
Scientific NameHypsipetes amaurotis (ssp. hensoni)
Number Seen4
Name(Japanese) Pygmy Woodpecker
Scientific NameYungipicus kizuki (ssp. seebohmi)
Number Seen1
NameBlack-eared kite
Scientific NameMilvus migrans (ssp. lineatus)
Number Seen1
NameEurasian (Common) Cuckoo
Scientific NameCuculus canorus (ssp. telephonus)
Number Seen1

(heard) copyrighted and with thanks to: Akihide Shimata

NameOriental Turtle Dove
Scientific NameStephtopelis orientalis (ssp. orientalis)
Number Seen1