|To:||birding-aus <>, Susan Myers <>, Ian Burrows <>, John Cantelo <>|
|Subject:||Japan in Winter|
|From:||Phil Gregory <>|
|Date:||Wed, 23 Feb 2000 15:43:06 +1000|
Just a quick summary of a recent Japanese trip for anyone interested. Great birds and a wonderful place to travel, but the coldest I've ever been was at Cape Nosappu in Hokkaido!
Japan in Winter February 6-19 2000
Narita, Tokyo 2 nights Feb 5 and Feb 18. Birding by the Holiday Inn:
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Bull-headed Shrike, Black-backed Wagtail, Brown Thrush, Pale Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Red-flanked Bluetail, Brown-eared Bulbul, Rustic, Black-faced and Meadow Buntings, Japanese White-eye, Oriental Greenfinch.
Chino, Japanese Alps 2 nights Feb 6 and 7, deep snow:
Japanese Green Woodpecker, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Varied Tit, Willow Tit, Japanese Grosbeak, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Asian Rosy Finch, Japanese Wagtail. Dipped on Copper Pheasant.
Arasaki area, Kyushu 3 nights Feb 8, 9 and 10: Bitterly cold and quite windy.
Outstanding for wonderful views of the cranes, with 6 species seen in the same flock on our final morning: 1500 White-naped, about 7,000 Hooded, 4 or 5 Common Cranes, several hybrid Hooded x Common, a single Siberian White Crane (yay!), a single Demoiselle and a lone Sandhill Crane.
Black-faced Spoonbill 1, Eurasian Spoonbill 6, Eastern Marsh Harrier 1, Black-eared Kite (lineatus) common, Long-billed Plover 2, Green Pheasant 3, Japanese Quail 2, Crested Kingfisher 1 en route, Mountain Hawk-Eagle 1 en route, Brown Dipper 2 en route, White-bellied Green-Pigeon 4 en route, Buff-bellied Pipit, Pale Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Japanese Bush -Warbler, Chinese Penduline Tit 50, Daurian Jackdaw, Meadow, Chestnut-eared, Rustic, Reed and Black-faced Buntings, Japanese Grosbeak.
Saunder?s Gull 5, Black-tailed Gull 50, Grey-headed Lapwing 1, Asian House Martin 5. Dipped on Chinese Grey-Shrike.
Komatsu area 2 nights Feb 11 and 12, very cold: Biwa-ko and Katano Kamo-ike.
Bewick?s Swan, White-fronted and Bean Goose, Goosander and Red-b Merganser, UTV of Chinese Merganser in flight, seen better by others in the group- damn!
Baikal Teal 250, Falcated Duck 20, Smew, White-tailed Eagle 1, Long-billed Plover 1, Brown Thrush 1, White?s Thrush 4, Yellow-throated Bunting 2, White-cheeked Starling, Common Starling.
Lake Furen and Nemuro area, Hokkaido 4 nights Feb 13-16. Amazingly cold, waist deep snow and temps down to ?40 °C. One day lost due to a blizzard.
Steller?s Sea-Eagle 240 out on Lake Furen, hanging around fishing holes cut in the ice, but White-tailed Eagles and Black-eared Kites seemed to get all the leavings. Small numbers at other coastal sites, a magnificent, spectacular huge bird!
Blakiston?s Fish-Owl 2- male and female, calling together and giving great views. Yellow flags mounted along some of the road bridges are to make the owls fly higher and avoid impacts with cars which have been a serious source of mortality in the past.
Ural Owl 1, Crested Auklet 1, Ancient Murrelet 1, Least Auklet 7, Spectacled Guillemot 20, Common Guillemot 30. Rather distant views of the auks, pack ice keeping them well offshore, so BVD. Harlequin Duck wonderful views of males and females, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Falcated Duck, Whooper Swan, Greater Scaup 2000, Canvasback 7 ( vagrant here), Glaucous-winged Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Pelagic and Red-faced Cormorants and a single Temminck?s Cormorant.
Passerines very sparse but we saw 2 Great Grey-Shrike, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Eurasian Tree-Creeper, plus a flock of 60 Asian Rosy Finch at Kiritappu.
Akan Crane Centre near Kushiro 2 nights Feb 17-18:
UTV = Untickable view
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