Andrea and David B. Collinge's trip to Japan, July 2011

Full Birdlist - Yatsu Higata - Kushiro Wetlands - Kawayu - Gallery

Nemuru is the easternmost town in Japan - the road signs here were also in Russian. We arrived at lunchtime on 27/7 from Kawayu having changed trains at Kushiro. We were slightly too late to get to Cape Nosappu (22 km) so we decided to walk down to the harbour. The weather was exceptionally hot and sticky and the harbour was rather industrial. Its main redeeming feature was breeding Slaty-backed Gulls with chicks on the roof tops. Both Pelagic and Temminck's Cormorants fishing offshore and many auks passing - but they were too far away to identify.

We took a taxi (3000 Yen each way) at 8 am on 28/7 to the visitors centre at Lake Furen (Shunkumital Bird Sanctuary Nature Centre), and walked down to the reserve expecting to be overwhelmed with waders and ducks. There were a few mallard in the channel and two Grey-tailed Tattler on a stone offshore. A large flock of herons and fox completed the picture. A scan from the bridge revealed an adult sea eagle on the shore and a pair of cranes on the channel. On closer scrutiny, Andrea spotted a small crane chick. We walked along the spit disturbing several Japanese Skylarks and crossed a bridge onto the reserve island. A second pair of cranes flew passed us and to our luck settled on the channel close by, calling. The island offered few birds, but a singling Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler and Siberian Rubythroat as well as a Reed Bunting provided some excitement. We visited the visitors centre while we waited for a taxi back to town. This has an updated bird list with pictograms giving both scientific and English names of the birds.

We took the noon bus to Nosappu Cape, overlooking the Kuriles (Northern Territories). There were two species of cormorant and hundreds of Rhinoceros Auklet flying by the lighthouse. A few feeding and a single Tufted Puffin. We also saw seals, dolphins and a small whale at great distance.

The trip back to Kushiro on 29/7 gave one fine species: A pair of Lathams's Snipe flew up next to the line parallel to the train for 30 seconds.

Bird list nemuru
English name Scientific name Danske navne trip 4
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Gråand 28/7 Nemuru
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Fiskehejre 28/7 Furen Lake
Japanese (Temminck's) Cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus Japansk Skarv 27/7 Nemuru; 28/7 Cape Nosappu
Pelagic Cormorant Leucocarbo (Phalacrocorax) pelagicus Stillehavsskarv 27/7 Nemuru; 28/7 Cape Nosappu
Hobby Falco subbuteo Lærkefalk 28/7 Cape Nosappu. An unexpected fly-by by a young bird
Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus Sort-øret Glente 28/7 Furen Lake - common
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Havørn 27/7 Nemuru ad & 4k; 28/7 Furen Lake ad
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis Japansk Trane 28/7 Furen Lake 2 pairs, one with a small chick
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus Strandskade 27/7 Nemuru 4-5 on the outer harbour wall.
Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus (Tringa) brevipes Sibirisk Gråklire 28/7 Furen Lake 2 on stones offshore
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris Japanmåge 27/7 Nemuru 5% of the gulls
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus Skifermåge 27/7 Nemuru 95% of the gulls. Breeding on harbour buildings
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata Næsehornsalk 28/7 Cape Nosappu. Very common. Presumbaly these seen off the harbour too.
Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata Toplunde 28/7 Cape Nosappu. A single on the sea with a Rhinoceros Auklet. The redder bill and white head stuck out.
Oriental (Rufous) Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis Østlig Turteldue 28/7 Furen Lake
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Gøg 28/7 Cape Nosappu. Seen
Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift Apus pacificus Orientsejler 27/7 Nemuru
Carrion Crow Corvus corone Sortkrage 27/7 Nemuru
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos Stornæbbet Krage 27/7 Nemuru
Eastern (Japenese) Great Tit Parus (major) minor Østlig Musvit 28/7 Furen Lake by the visitor's centre
Willow Tit Poecile (Parus) montanus Fyrremejse 28/7 Furen Lake by the visitor's centre
Swallow Hirundo rustica Landsvale 27/7 Nemuru
Japanese Skylark Alauda japonica Japansk Sanglærke 28/7 Furen Lake
Brown-eared Bulbul Ixos (Microselis) amaurotis kastanjeret Bulbul 27/7 Nemuru
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella ochotensis Kamkatcha Græshoppesanger 28/7 Furen Lake
Nuthatch Sitta europaea Spætmejse 28/7 Furen Lake by the visitor's centre
White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus Gråstær 28/7 Furen Lake
Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia (Erithacus) calliope Rubinnattegal 28/7 Furen Lake. Male singing
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura Sibiriske Bynkefugl 28/7 Furen Lake
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Skovspurv 27/7 Nemuru
White Wagtail Motacilla alba Hvid Vipstjært 28/7 Furen Lake; 28/7 Cape Nosappu
Oriental (Grey-capped) Greenfinch Carduelis sinica Brunirisk 27/7 Nemuru; 28/7 Cape Nosappu
Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephalus Gråhovedet Værling 28/7 Cape Nosappu
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus Rørspurv 28/7 Cape Nosappu