Bird Tour Report Oct 17

Pied Harrier (juvenile male)

Last weekend a US couple residing in Shanghai came over for a few days of birding in my region of Japan. They arrived late Friday afternoon, and we had just enough time to briefly check out Isahaya. We missed the juvenile male Pied Harrier that has been patrolling the area, but it was a nice introduction to the area for them. The next morning we visited Mount Unzen before heading out to Kabashima. Both locations were a bit quiet, but the weather was great and the scenery superb. Then on Sunday morning we had a very early start to be at Daijyugarami in time for daybreak and the high tide (08:30). Living up to its reputation, Daijyugarami had hundreds of shorebirds even though it was “out of season”. Finally we toured the Isahaya Reclaimed Land Areas and spent the last hour or so at our original Friday afternoon spot where we could finally get great views of the Pied Harrier catching and devouring a host of different kinds of prey! Overall, 78 species were confirmed in the field. Highlights included Narcissus Flycatcher, Pied Harrier, Black-faced Spoonbill, Varied Tit, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Japanese Bush Warbler, Streaked Shearwater, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Brown Shrike and Lesser Sand Plover. Below is the complete list:

Carrion Crow
Large-billed Crow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Bull-headed Shrike
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Common Snipe
Common Sandpiper
Eastern Spot-billed Duck
Common Moorhen
Rock Dove
Blue Rock Thrush
Black-eared Kite
White-cheeked Starling
Oriental Turtle Dove
Black-tailed Gull
Mongolian Gull
Streaked Shearwater
Brown Booby
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
Brown-eared Bulbul
Meadow Bunting
Red-billed Leiothrix
Varied Tit
Eastern Great Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Japanese Bush Warbler
Narcissus Flycatcher
Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Eurasian Teal
Little Grebe
Pacific Reef Egret
Japanese White-eye
Brown Shrike
Daurian Redstart
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Eastern Buzzard
Oriental Greenfinch
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Grey Plover
Common Greenshank
Great Knot
Terek Sandpiper
Far Eastern Curlew
Eurasian Curlew
Kentish Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-faced Spoonbill
Peregrine Falcon
Common Magpie
Eurasian Skylark
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Common Pochard
Vega Gull
Black-headed Gull
Whiskered Tern
Common Coot
Eurasian Kestrel
Common Ringed Plover
Pied Harrier
Indian Cuckoo
Zitting Cisticola
Chinese Pond Heron
Eastern Marsh Harrier