The special reports below are written by foreigners who are guests at the park and support our activities. The park hopes to continue to increase the number of foreigners who use the park. If you would like to write a short blog about your visit to the park to contribute to this page, please contact us by email.
Date: 12 May 2016
Writer: Florence Lui
It was great to finally have a full day of sun after a spell of rainy days post Golden Week.
There were quite a few birds in the East Freshwater Pond. As usual, the Common Pochard (Aythyaferina) and Spot-billed Ducks (Anas zonorhyncha) were feeding in groups, ducking their heads deep into the water so their body was only visible from flank down (or up since they were upside down!).
There were also a group of Great Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) nearby - they seemed like they didn’t have a care in the world and splashed about the pond. Two Egrets were also spotted; a Great Egret (Aldea alba) and an Intermediate Egret (Egretta Intermedia). They both preferred to gracefully strut near the grass in solitude. We were lucky to see bluish-green lores on the Great Egret (Aldea alba), an indication that breeding season has commenced.
A Grey Herron (Ardea cinerea) was casually pacing past numerous frenzied crabs on the mud flats of the Brackish Water Pond. A Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) was close-by, its small stature was much more noticeable next to the Grey Herron (Ardea cinerea).
Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) and a Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) were observed in the East Wing of the park en route to Observation Deck 4. The Large-billed crow was slowly making its way to the top of a tree by progressively jumping to the next highest branch. When it got high enough, it started picking at sticks - wonder what he had up his sleeve
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The Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park is one of the “Marine Parks” which are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Port and Harbor, with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The Park is managed by two organizations working in partnership – the Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation and the Wild Bird Society of Japan and manage the park as the designated administrator with the cooperation of the NPO Tokyo Port Green Volunteers and the Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park Volunteer Guides.