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March 31, 2011

Birds of Maizuru

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Western Honshu, Japan.

I arrived on the ferry from Otaru at 9pm and walked to the Port Shine Hotel which overlooks the port, funnily enough. The next morning I went for a walk with the video camera to find some birds. I am not too confident about my identifications because I do not have a birds of Japan book and the internet does not have a very lood photographic listing. Anyway, here is a photo of the port. It is nice and glassy early in the morning. Later on the wind came up and made it all choppy.

The Port of Maizuru
The port of Maizuru

The first birds I spotted were what I thought were Asian House Martins (Delichon dasypus). The were foraging around in the grass pecking at the sticks and seeds. I then spotted what I thought might be Eurasian Wigeons in the creek going into the bay. But on second looks I thought they might be Northern Shovelers. I have really no idea. It is a lot more difficult to identify birds from a video. After that I walked up this wooded hill and spotted a Dusky Thrush on the way back.

The Port of Maizuru
View from the hill

Back down on the street along the port, I spotted some Black-eared Kites and got a few shots of some of them. They have this piercing call and you can hear this on the video. I also spotted an Osprey but failed to get a shot of it. I also filmed some Eurasian Tree Sparrows. On the creek next to my hotel I filmed some more ducks, a pair of Little Grebes and a Little Egret.


Birds of Maizuru video

Maizuru Bird List

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Dusky Thrush
Osprey
Black-eared Kite
Little Egret
Eurasian Wigeon ?
Little Grebe
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus)

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