Saturday, September 16, 2006

Intermediate Egret (at last)

Location: Yatsuhigata Tidal Flat, Narahino, Chiba Prefecture

Access: Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Station - JR Chuo Line. Tokyo Station to Minami-Funabashi Station - JR Keiyo Line. Walk to Observation Centre from North side of Minami-Funabashi Station - 20 minutes

Weather: 6/8 Cloud, Cool, Light Breeze

Time: 9.15am - 11.15am

Birds: Little Grebe, Great Cormorant, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Common Teal, Spot-billed Duck, Black-winged Stilt, Lesser Sandplover, Grey Plover, Far Eastern Curlew, Common Greenshank, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Gull, Rock Dove, Common Kingfisher, Japanese White-eye, Grey Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Comments: A single Intermediate Egret is another notch in our yearly count. This bird could so easily have been missed amongst the large number of Little and Great Egrets on the well-exposed flats (in fact, along with the Black-crowned Night Heron, Common Greenshank and Lesser Sandplover, it is not recorded on the daily record on the Yatsuhigata web site).

Field Notes: Little Egret pose and stance, black-tipped yellow bill - not as long or as heavy as the Great Egret, black feet, size clearly between the nearby Little and Great Egrets. An hour later we wander past again to find another couple with scopes and bird guide out, making the same identification.

2006 Japan Bird Count: 116 Species


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