Sunday, February 05, 2006

Black-necked Grebe

Location: Kasai Rinkai Koen, Edogawa, Tokyo

Access: Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Station - JR Chuo Line. Tokyo Station to Kasai Rinkai Koen Station - JR Keiyo Line

Weather: Clear, Cold, Light Breeze

Time: 11.30am - 3.30pm

Birds: Black-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Spot-billed Duck, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Coot, Common Sandpiper, Common Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, White Wagtail, Brown-eared Bulbul, Daurian Redstart, Dusky Thrush, Great Tit, Japanese White-eye, Bull-headed Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Jungle Crow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Reed Bunting

Comments: At over 795,000 square-meters Kasai Rinkai Koen is one of Tokyo's largest parks, located in Edogawa on Tokyo Bay, across the Edo River from Chiba and Tokyo Disneyland. The Kasai Seaside Birdlife Park is located on the eastern side of the park, incorporating park land, seashore/river, man-made lake and small forest habitats. From above the man-made lakes resemble ducks (see map link). From the large central observation building, scopes are made available for birders, and a white-board provides news of interesting sightings.

At the far eastern edge of the park, we observe over 50 Black-necked Grebe (Eared Grebe) at the mouth of the Edo River. Greater Scaup, Northern Pintail, Gadwall and Eurasian Wigeon are found on Tokyo Bay, with a variety of other ducks on the man-made lakes. On the white-board there is a report of two Baikal Teal having been seen over the last couple of days, but we fail to find them.

A Common Buzzard stands vigil on the eastern lake, while a second raptor pays a fleeting visit, without staying long enough to be positively identified. The lakes are unusually bereft of waders, with only two Common Sandpiper found on the shores of Tokyo Bay.

Links: Monthly Bird Sightings for Kasai Rinkai Koen - Wild Bird Society Tokyo Chapter (Japanese); map (Japanese)

2006 Japan Bird Count: 72 Species


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