Sunday, 5 February 2017

Ecology Park

Funada-ike (pond) in Ecology Park is a good place to go in winter and you can see ducks and some other winter visitors from the warm hide:)

There were more than 10 Mallard (Magamoマガモ), 4 Teal (Kogamoコガモ), 3 Little Grebe (Kaitsuburiカイツブリ), a Cormorant (Kawauカワウ), a Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ) and 2 Moorhen (Banバン) in the water, and a Kingfisher (Kawasemiカワセミ) flew in and caught a little fish later on.

A Moorhen was running along the water edge towards the reedbeds.

One of the Little Grebes caught rather a large fish and tried very hard to swallow it for a while.

He finally spat it out and left it floating there...

On the way back, a Japanese Bush Warbler (Uguisuウグイス) was busy moving around in the tree.
mmm... difficult to get a clear shot of them..

On the other hand, this Black-faced Bunting (Aojiアオジ) was easy to get a close shot of, when she was foraging right by the path. (She eventually came out onto the path later.)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Bird Bath

I put some water in a bowl for birds out in our garden and they often come and drink the water from it.

This morning, I managed to film an Eastern Great Tit (Shijukaraシジュウカラ) having a bath!

It is so nice to see birds feeding, bathing, even fighting each other in our tiny garden in this urbanised area. You could bring wildlife into your garden with small things like a bowl and a cup-cake lining and with a little bit of improvisation even if you live in the centre of a city!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

a New Visitor to the Feeder

The fat-cakes are very popular and going very quickly when it is chilly! 

Brown-eared Bulbul (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ)


Dusky Thrush (Tsugumiツグミ)

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

More Visitors to the Feeders

At least five Great tits (Shijukaraシジュウカラ) come to my feeders!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Saturday, 14 January 2017


The temperature dropped to sub-zero overnight and I went out to see how the birds were coping with the cold to Sonnoh-no-Mori Koen.

The marshy area was all frozen so there was no sign of ducks nor herons but 2 Kingfishers were fishing over the tiny stream which wasn't frozen. One of them caught a small crayfish, banging it on the tree branch and swallowed it!

All the seed-eaters were doing quite fine.saw. I saw a huge flock of Oriental Greenfinch (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ) of about 40 and at another location a small flock of Brambling (Atoriアトリ).

This lone Hawfinch (Shimeシメ) was my first in this season to observe very closely.
looking for hidden seeds

I heard quite a few Black-faced Bunting (Aojiアオジ) from the thicket and when a cat startled them out into the open, it was a great opportunity to see their beautiful bright yellow moustache and belly!

Usually, they are invisible like this:

A female Bull-headed Shrike (Mozuモズ) was hunting in the woodland area.

You can see her small but hooked beak.

When I was just leaving the park, a flock of Long-tailed Tits (Enagaエナガ) were at the edge of the woods.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Roppo Mizu-no-Michi

There is a path alongside a stream just outside the Chiba Zoo, which is quiet and good for birding, so I was told, and of course, off I went!

It was a beautiful morning and although I was worried about the winds, I didn't feel much on the path being protected by the trees.

Chiba Urban Monorail Line - not so urban around here though!

Brambling (Atoriアトリ)
They come to the southern part of Kanto every 3 or 4 years when the food is scarce in the mountain forests and this winter is one of them. They have been spotted almost anywhere in the region.

a female Daurian Redstart (Jobitakiジョウビタキ)

 Eastern Great Tit (Shijukaraシジュカラ)
 She caught a small caterpillar!

Pale Thrush (Shiroharaシロハラ)
S/he was busy digging for an insect or two among the leaves.

The stream itself has very little water and the banks on both sides are the utterly environmentally unfriendly, with vertical concrete sadly. There was no vegetation in the water and no sign of birds...But the green area above was full of bird calls and movements and I'm sure I'll come back soon to walk even further.