Kijoka Elementary School pupils find red-billed starling

Kijoka Elementary School pupils find red-billed starling

On November 22, a red-billed starling was observed at Kijoka, Ogimi Village. (Photograph by Hiyori Taira)

December 18, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Three sixth-grade pupils of Kijoka Elementary School in Ogimi Village have filmed a red-billed starling. The school has conducted bird-watching in the area since 1988.

Red-billed starlings are rarely seen in Kijoka. In fact, almost no sightings of the bird exist, either by the school or by Toyoko Ichida, a member of the Yambaru no Mori Trust who teaches bird-watching at the school.

On December 5, at Kijoka Elementary School in Ogimi, Kotomi Kuniyoshi, Hiyori Taira, and Maya Shimabukuro (from left) found a red-billed starling.

On November 22, three sixth-grade students, Hiyori Taira, Maya Shimabukuro and Kotomi Kuniyoshi found a red-billed starling behind a tree on their way home from school. Taira, who took a picture of the bird, said, “It was a bird that I had never seen before. I like observing what is happening in the rice fields and the waterfowl there.”
Sixth-grade class teacher Harue Yamashiro said, “I think it is important for them to recognize things that they do not know about, and to study about birds they have never seen.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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