Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

Whooper swan resting in Ogimi

On November 30, a whooper swan resting at Taiho dam in Ogimi. (Provided by Okinawa Shimatate Association)

December 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, a whooper swan was observed for the first time in Ogimi resting at Taiho dam.

Whooper swans come to Japan as winter birds, and they are often observed in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. It is rare to find them in Okinawa. Masakuni Yamashiro, a chair of Okinawa Wild Bird Society said, “Whooper swans visited Nago before, but it is first time to find them in Ogimi. I am worried about swans flying to Okinawa because they often have a hard time finding food and loose energy. I hope they gain energy during winter in Okinawa and fly back home safely.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)  

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