Saturday, April 01, 2006

...where are the birds?

Location: Kodomo no Kuni, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Shinjuku Station to Chuo-Rinkan Station - Odakyu Line. Chuo-Rinkan Station to Nagatsuta Station - Tokyu Denentoshi Line. Nagatsuta Station to Kodomonokuni Station - Kodomonokuni Line

Weather: Clear, Cool-Warm, Still

Time: 9.50am - 12.30pm

Birds: Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rock Dove, Brown-eared Bulbul, Dusky Thrush, Japanese Bush Warbler, Varied Tit, Great Tit, Japanese White-eye, Grey Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Oriental Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Jungle Crow

Comments: Cherry blossoms and people in great abundance, but where are the birds? Despite the poor showing, it was nice to hear the Japanese Bush Warbler (Uguisu) however. Usually hidden in scrub, come spring, the Uguisu comes into the open with a song that is Japan's "theme-tune" for spring. Also known as the Japanese Nightingale, its droppings are an old traditional Japanese beauty treatment - its fame extended no doubt by Dave Barry in the hilarious "Dave Barry Does Japan".

Links: The Nightingale Facial - Asian Wall Street Journal, December 14th-16th, 2001


Anonymous Luis said...

The song is also highly recognizable from the Akira Kurosawa movie "Tsubaki Sanjuro," where it could be heard throughout. There's a nightingale living about 30 meters from my apartment, singing all day long. Very nice.

As for wondering where the birds are, I've felt that every time I've gone to the Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park over the past six months. Of course, I did have to drop out from watching from December to March because of a broken foot...

It'd be great if there were a web site that took real-time reports (maybe accepting mobile phone text messages) from birders in the region who could report whenever they found good birding.

6:23 PM  

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