Sunday, March 05, 2006

Spring in Sagamihara

Location: Sagamihara Koen / Sagamihara Chosuichi, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Shinjuku Station to Sagamiono Station - Odakyu Line. Sagamiono Station to Joshibi University of Art and Design (last stop) - Bus 60 from Stand 3. Walk from University Bus Stop through Sagamihara Koen to Sagamihara Chosuichi

Weather: Clear, Cool-Warm, Still

Time: 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Birds: (Sagamihara Koen) Rock Dove, Oriental Turtle Dove, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Japanese White-eye, Azure-winged Magpie; (Sagamihara Chosuichi) Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mandarin Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Falcated Teal, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Spot-billed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Eurasian Coot, Common Sandpiper, Buff-bellied Pipit, White Wagtail, Japanese Wagtail, Brown-eared Bulbul, Dusky Thrush, Bull-headed Shrike, Carrion Crow, Grey Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Siberian Meadow Bunting, Oriental Greenfinch

Comments: Spring descends over Sagamihara Chosuichi, and while the duck list is still long, numbers are noticeably down; only one pair of Mandarin Duck were spotted. From Great Cormorant to Oriental Greenfinch the remaining birds are still represented in good numbers, with more Grey Heron than usual seen on the dam, and larger than usual numbers of Long-tailed Tit in the park.


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