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March 17, 2013

Birding Osaka-jo

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Birds of Osaka Castle.

Well, I am back in Osaka once again. I headed off to Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle), hoping to get some photos of the Japanese Waxwings, which i videoed two years ago. But alas, the cherry blossoms had not come out yet so Sakura had not begun. So, no waxwings. But there were plenty of other birds, so it was a good day out.

Brown-eared Bulbul
Brown-eared Bulbul ( Microscelis amaurotis)

More bulbuls. I have seen so many bulbuls on my travels. These Brown-eared Bulbuls are pretty common in Japan.

Grey Heron
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) (Aosagi)

This Grey Heron was in a pond in the castle all by himself with only a tortoise to keep him company. The Japanese names are after the scientific names in the titles under the photos, by the way.

Daurian Redstart
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) (Zyoubitaki)

I do not know anything about these birds. Will research later.

Japanese Tit
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) (Sizyukara)

These are a continuing source of confusion because they keep getting lumped in with the Great Tit.

Varied Tit
Varied Tit ( Parus varius) (Yamagara)

The Varied Tit is much browner than the Japanese Tit.

Dusky Thrush
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) (Tsugumi)

White-cheeked Starling
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus) (Mukudori)

The White-cheeked Starling is also known as the Grey starling. They seem to be very closely related to the Acidotheres for my money. They are very similar to the Mynas.

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

There are two types of crows around here. The Large-billed Crow and the Carrion Crow. I saw Carrion Crows up in Hokkaido.

White Wagtail
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)(Hakusekirei)

The White Wagtail is also called the Black-backed Wagtail or Kamchatka/Japanese Pied Wagtail. It has a black eyestripe and white remiges. They may have a claim to constitute a distinct species. Its range is the Russian Far East and Japan.

Eurasian Siskin
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) (Mahiwa)

Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (Kinkurohaziro)

Japanese White-eye
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) (Mejiro)

Birds in Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle bird list

Brown-eared Bulbul ( Microscelis amaurotis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) (Aosagi)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) (Suzume)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) (Mahiwa)
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) (Tsugumi)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)(Hakusekirei)
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) (Sizyukara)
Varied Tit ( Parus varius) (Yamagara)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (Kinkurohaziro)
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) (Zyoubitaki)
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) (Mejiro)
White-cheeked Starling (Sturnus cineraceus) aka Grey starling (Mukudori)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis)

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Steve,
    I was pleased to come across your images from Osaka Castle. We were there mid March and I have been able to identify several birds thanks to your images and identification.
    Likewise no cherry blossom … may have to go again … but there is so much world to see.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your images … I do like to identify the “unknowns” that I shoot.
    Loved the Grey Heron in breeding plumage … but didn’t see a mate.
    Recognised the wagtail from it’s distinctive movements, but didn’t have a name until now.
    So … thanks once more.
    Trish

    Comment by Trish Meyer — March 24, 2016 @ 8:33 am

  2. Osaka Castle is a special place and when it is sakura, then it is magic. well worth a visit.

    Comment by admin — March 29, 2016 @ 3:25 am

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