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Izumi - Crane Center, Japan (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Izumi - Crane Center, Japan

Map of Izumi - Crane Center, Japan

Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus) Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) White-naped Crane (Antigone vipio) Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) Merlin (Falco columbarius) Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa)

Agricultural fields full of cranes in the winter.



2/27/2024: We headed over to the crane area, and amazingly, the Siberian Crane that I was hoping to find was standing right next to the road.

At the crane center, we got a very chatty docent. She told us that there was nowhere to look for buntings and other smaller birds. I drove 1km down the road where I found the magic tree full of buntings, however.

After getting a good look at some cranes, we were going to drop off the car and grab the next train heading east, but we just missed the closing time for the rental car agency. So, we were stuck in Izumi for the night.

Some how, we found a place for Okinomoyaki in a residential neighborhood. It was some really good food cooked right in front of us and served on the grill.

2/28/2024: Since we had the car until 9AM, we decided to use it to watch the cranes fly in in the morning. Then, we got on the train to continue toward Kyoto.

Previous Visit (Izumi - Kogawa Dam: 2/27/2024)
Next Visit (Kyoto - Kamo River: 2/28/2024)

Species Recorded (46)

Birds ( 46 )

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Hen Harrier - Circus cyaneus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Japanese Cormorant - Phalacrocorax capillatus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Eurasian Spoonbill - Platalea leucorodia
Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Eastern Spot-billed Duck - Anas zonorhyncha
Common Pochard - Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Eurasian Wigeon - Mareca penelope
Gadwall - Mareca strepera
Baikal Teal - Sibirionetta formosa
Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Merlin - Falco columbarius

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra

Cranes ( Gruidae )
White-naped Crane - Antigone vipio
Siberian Crane - Grus leucogeranus
Hooded Crane - Grus monacha

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Oriental Turtle-Dove - Streptopelia orientalis

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Brown-eared Bulbul - Hypsipetes amaurotis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
Daurian Jackdaw - Corvus dauuricus
Rook - Corvus frugilegus

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Japanese Bush-Warbler - Horornis diphone

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Brown-headed Thrush - Turdus chrysolaus
Dusky Thrush - Turdus eunomus

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Bull-headed Shrike - Lanius bucephalus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Meadow Bunting - Emberiza cioides
Masked Bunting - Emberiza personata

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Oriental Greenfinch - Chloris sinica
Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Russet Sparrow - Passer cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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