Thursday, January 19, 2006


Location: Sagamigawa, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Shinjuku Station to Ebina Station - Odakyu Line. Ebina Station to Shimomizo Station - JR Sagami Line. Walk 300m to river

Weather: Clear, Cold, Strong Breeze

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Birds: Little Grebe, Great Cormorant, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Mallard, Spot-billed Duck, Eurasian Coot, Oriental Turtle Dove, White Wagtail, Japanese Wagtail, Dusky Thrush, Brown-eared Bulbul, Bull-headed Shrike, Carrion Crow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Black-faced Bunting, Siberian Meadow Bunting, Rustic Bunting

Comments: A poor showing from the Sagamigawa (Sagami River) this afternoon as the sun begins to set and a cold breeze cuts right through several layers of thick clothing. Little Grebe, White Wagtail and Japanese Wagtail are in abundance; while Egret and Heron, almost always found around the rapids of the 'water control area', are conspicuous by their absence. Seeing nothing new we begin our walk back to the station when my wife pulls up suddenly in front of shrubbery high on the river bank, near the walking path - a small group of winter visitors, Rustic Bunting, sit huddled together on the lowest branches against the cold.

Links: map (Japanese)

2006 Japan Bird Count: 64 Species


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