Saturday, April 15, 2006

Penduline-Tits and Assorted Plovers

Tamagawakakou -Looking towards Haneda AirportLocation: Tama River Mouth (Tamagawakakou), Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Access: Kojimashinden Station (Keihin-Kyuko Daishi Line)

Weather: Overcast, Cold, Strong Wind

Time: 9.00am - 10.30am

Birds: Great Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Eurasian Wigeon, Spot-billed Duck, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Common Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, White Wagtail, Dusky Thrush, Chinese Penduline-Tit, Carrion Crow, Grey Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Reed Bunting


Comment: With a cold wind (minor gale) blowing; we walked along the banks of the Tama River from the cable-stayed Daishi Bridge, separated from the river by tall reeds. Eurasian Tree Sparrows drank from small muddy puddles, joined by the occasional Dusky Thrush. In the reeds we spot a Common Reed Bunting and close by a couple of slightly smaller birds which were immediately recognisable as Chinese Penduline-Tits.

Pacific Golden Plovers at TamagawakakouWhere the reeds thinned to give access to the mudflats, we wander out across the mud to focus on three small separate groups of waders, each consisting of 3 birds each. A larger group makes close passes to the shore but never settle and are soon lost to sight as they fly to the opposite bank. The first group are Pacific Golden Plover, the second Kentish Plover, the third Little Ringed Plover. The Pacific Golden Plover face the wind unmoving until we approach, but the other plovers are very active - finding plenty of worms in the mud.

On the water are two separate large groups of duck - Tufted Duck and Greater Scaup. There are smaller numbers Eurasian Wigeon.

Link: Map

2006 Japan Bird Count: 82 Species

3 Comments:

Anonymous Luis said...

I like the blog! I've bookmarked it for regular visits. I especially like the way you carefully identify the location of the birding and details for access--I'm always on the alert for new places to look for birds. Thanks for listing me in your blogroll; I'll try to reciprocate as soon as I finish the next revamp of my site.

Thanks also for the comment helping identify the Skylark. It's not the first time I've seen that bird. It's usually pointed out to me as being a Ta-hibari, a Buff-bellied Pipit, but I don't think so.

I have some other birds I can't identify, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Any ideas? You seem to be a more experienced birder than I--I've just been doing this a year or so.

In any case, always nice to find another gaijin birder in the area!

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Luis said...

...which also reminds me--have you thought of leaving a link to Google Maps to identify the precise location of a birding trip? I've considered adding that to my own blog.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Tokyo Birder said...

Luis,

Thanks for the comments.

Will try and check out your other unidentified birds soon, but no promises vis-a-vis an identification :)

I try to add a Google Map with every new location.

Appreciate the book recommendations. I have a few more to review and add - soon!

Regards

8:26 PM  

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