Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Recent Sightings in Chiba

Male Mallards' (Magamoマガモ)

Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ)

Black-crowned Night Herons (Goisagiゴイサギ)

Eastern Great Tit (Shijukaraシジュウカラ)

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Dancing Scaly Thrush

Scaly Thrush

My first birdwathing in Chiba of the year rewarded me with this lovely bird:)

She noticed me but decided that I wouldn't bother her so she just carried on hunting worms.

A Scaly Thrush (Toratsugumiトラツグミ) is a rather large bird but look at her! All melted into the surroundings.

A Pale Thrush (Shiroharaシロハラ) was foraging only a few yards away from the Scaly Thrush.

They seemed to have found the most quiet part of the park so that they could enjoy their meals undisturbed:)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Chiba Park

On my way back from the lovely day out on the paddyfields, I stopped by at the pond in Chiba Park and was welcomed by this gorgeous female Kingfisher (Kawasemiカワセミ):)

40± Tufted Ducks and 40± Black-headed Gulls have arrived for the winter.
Somebody started feeding them on the other side of the pond and everyone tried not to be left behind!

Paddyfields near Inbanuma

2 new birdwatching friends asked me out to their fields near Inbanuma, Narita-shi, Chiba and we had a wonderful few hours out on the paddyfields.

A small flock of Lapwings (Tageriタゲリ) was foraging on the ploughed paddyfields.
Lapwings flying, a Grey Starling (Mukudoriムクドリ) posing on the pole, three Water Pipits (Tahibariタヒバリ) sitting on the wire.

5 Pacific Golden Plovers (Munaguroムナグロ) were foraging on the same paddyfield where the Lapwings had been. They looked like juveniles but one of them had a beautiful golden tint on its back.

Hundreds of Oriental Greenfinches (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ) were on the wires and on the fields.
 Some were even singing just like they'd do in spring!

Water Pipits were everwhere, so were Skylarks (no photo).

On the way back to the station, we stopped by the lake (Inbanuma) to see if there were ducks on it and there they were! There were not only ducks but some Great Crested Grebes and Black-necked (or Slavonian?) Grebes as well.
And Cormorants (Kawauカワウ) were drying themselves over the water.
The ducks behind the cormorants were probably Greater Scaups but I'm not 100% sure.

Other interesting sightings: Common Snipes, Grey Herons, Dusky Thrushes, Bull-headed Shrikes, Japanese & White Wagtails, Meadow Buntings, Eastern Marsh Harriers, Buzzards, Black-eared Kites, an Osprey fishing!, and thousands of Tree Sparrows.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Autumnal Day

on a beautiful autumnal day in Mitsuwadai Park, Chiba

Can you see a grasshopper?

A flock of Eastern Great Tits (Shijukaraシジュウカラ) was busy foraging.

the answer:)