My birdwatching note in Yokohama, other parts of Japan, Bhutan, Thailand and Asia.
Birdwatching in Maioka Koen
The first birding in 2010. Although I knew arrival of Solitary Snipe and Eurasian Woodcocks through someone's web site a few days ago, I didn't want to go to the park. The main reason why I don't like to go to the park is too many bird photographers. Often, 30 or 40 people were just sitting in front of marsh to take a picture of Solitary Snipe or Wryneck....
Well, anyway, I left my house at 8:00 a.m. to go to the park. It was bit hazy and less sunny comparing to the last few days. Likely in this season, it was bit cold with some frost in the park. Tits, such as Great Tit and Long-tailed Tit were seen together with Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker on the way to go to the marsh.
Yap, there was a Solitary Snipe in the marsh. It was feeding just about 10 meter from me. Although photographers were bit nuisance, probably, nowhere else Solitary Snipe is so tame and easily seen in Japan. The snipe is never uncommon in middle of winter in Japan. Actually, it is more often seen in western Japan in small streams in hill station. However, it is normally quite wary. So, we just see when it is flushed.
A Common Kingfisher was seen in a small pond while a Brown-headed Thrush (probably race orii) was feeding on the ground. In this winter, number of small passerine, such as Daurian Redstart and Red-flanked Bluetail is less than usual winter. Although I heard call of Red-flanked Bluetail, I wasn't able to focus in it in the bush.
Recently, number of Hwamei, an introduced species, has been increasing. Although it is ecologically not good to see the laughing thrush, I am bit curious how they establish well in Yokohama.