Saturday, June 03, 2006

Chinese Bamboo Partridge

A walking trail in TamashinrinkagakuenLocation: Tamashinrinkagakuen, Hachioji, Tokyo

Access: Shinjuku Station to Takao Station - JR Chuo Line

Weather: Overcast, Drizzle - Light Rain, Cool, Light Breeze

Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm

Birds: Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Brown-eared Bulbul, Japanese Bush Warbler, Varied Tit, Great Tit, Japanese White-eye, Jungle Crow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Comments: Gates open at 9.30am for the 56ha park, Tamashinrinkagakuen, and the cost is 300 Yen per adult (rising to 400 Yen during the Cherry Blossom season). We arrive a little early and by the time it opens there is a light rain falling which continues for the duration of our walk along the many beautifully maintained paths.

It's not a great day for seeing birds, but near station 7 we do spot two Chinese Bamboo Partridge in deep grass. However, within a minute they are gone. Despite efforts taking me along paths maked with "No Entry" signs, I fail to relocate them!


2006 Japan Bird Count: 113 Species


Anonymous Luis said...

In the past, I have been able to spot a pair of Chinese Bamboo Partidges somewhat regularly in Sengenyama Park, next to Tama Reien. The best views I got were in a small children's park on the north side of the larger park, where the partridges left the tall grass and were either out in the open dirt or were in the brush. There's also a small water shrine on a path nearby where tits commonly bathe, including at least one Varied Tit. Some claim that Green Pigeons can be spotted in the park as well, though I haven't seen any.

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Blogger Tokyo Birder said...


Fantastic photographs. I'll have to add Sengenyama Park to the "must go" list. Unfortunately, it has been very difficult to get out very much at all most weekends recently. And the weather certainly doesn't help.

6:53 PM  

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