Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Winter Favourite in Autumn

Location: 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: 8/8 Cloud (Overcast), Cool - Warm, Still - Light Breeze

Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Birds: Great Cormorant, Spot-billed Duck, Oriental Turtle Dove, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Brown-eared Bulbul, Varied Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Jungle Crow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Siberian Meadow Bunting

Comments: Sagamihara Chosuichi in winter is a renowned haven for wildfowl, but for the rest of the year the waters are almost sterile but for Great Cormorant, Spot-billed Duck and the occasional water-skimming Barn Swallow.

White Wagtail were present on the banks of the dam and nearby alotments, the majority exhibiting a pale yellow face. While a yellow face is generally considered an unreliable way to age a Wagtail, it is more common in first winter birds in Europe and has been noted as a possible feature of immature birds in Japan (Wild Bird Society of Japan, 1982).

As Typhoon 13 (Shanshan) moves up the west coast of Japan, it started to rain as we departed the dam and soon set in for the remainder of the day and evening.


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