Saturday, January 28, 2006


Location: Jougashima, Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture

Jougashima - Cliff face famous for Temminck's & Pelagic Cormorants - Jan 28th 2005Weather: Clear, Warm, Light Breeze

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Birds: Temminck's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Grey Heron, Black Kite, Common Sandpiper, Common Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Gull, Herring Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Buff-bellied Pipit, White Wagtail, Brown-eared Bulbul, Blue Rock Thrush, Japanese White-eye, Bull-headed Shrike, Carrion Crow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Black-faced Bunting, Siberian Meadow Bunting

Comments: From the final bus stop at the western end of the island we observe large flocks of Common Black-headed Gull and a few White Wagtail, before heading through town past the lighthouse, and down on to beach. From here, you can take boat trips around the island to see close hand the Cormorants that gather on the cliffs of this island.

Walking along the southern edge of the island, over the rocky beach, we see a male and female Blue Rock Thrush, a Buff-bellied Pipit, and a Common Sandpiper. We are disappointed to not find Eastern Reef Egret, which are commonly found here. Overhead circle large numbers of Black Kite, and in the low scrub and trees on the slopes at the top of the beach - Japanese White-eye, Bull-headed Shrike, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Black-faced Bunting, and Siberian Meadow Bunting.

Climbing the stairs at the end of the beach onto the cliffs, we walk to the "Umiu Tenboudai" (Temminck's Cormorant Viewing Platform) - hundreds of Temminck's Cormorant find space to rest on the cliff faces (see picture), while another brilliantly coloured male Blue Rock Thrush looks down over the whole scene from a nearby vantage point, before being 'buzzed' by a Black Kite.

The cliffs are also home to Pelagic Cormorant, but on this first pass we are unable to locate any. Before returning home however we take another look. Amongst a group of sleeping Temminck's, I locate one bird preening itself - slighter in stature than the others, with a thinner bill, and the only bird without the distinctive white face; I have located the much less common Pelagic.

Near the bus stop under the bridge which gives access to the island, we spot a Grey Heron resting on a factory roof. In the harbour - Black-tailed Gull, Herring Gull, and one Slaty-backed Gull.

Interactive Map (Japanese)

2006 Japan Bird Count: 70 Species


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tokyo Birder,
We are birders from New Mexico in the US. We have a little cabin in the woods in Pecos, New Mexico and we would like to name it Nut Hatch (a small woodland bird found in this area) or Woodpecker since there are many woodpeckers on the property. We would like to make a carved sign with the Kanji for Nut Hatch, if there is one, or Woodpecker. Could you help us find these kanji? My mother is Japanese, but she doesn't know all the kanji for different birds.
Thanks, Robert Watanabe (

1:49 AM  
Blogger Tokyo Birder said...

I hope this helps...

The Kanji for "Sitta europaea" or Eurasian Nuthatch is 五十雀 (Fifty Sparrows)

The Kanji for Woodpecker is 啄木鳥

Sorry for the delay in replying

Tokyo Birder

2:31 PM  

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