Migratory birds at pond at Tomigusuku

Migratory birds at pond at Tomigusuku

At 2:00 p.m. on November 7, black-faced spoonbills (back) looking for food, and black-winged stilts (front) with pink, long thin legs. (Photograph taken by Akiko Kuwabara at Yone, Tomigusuku.)

November 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The migration of birds is gathering momentum with birds gathering at waterways around Okinawa. On November 7, black-faced spoonbills, an endangered species listed in the Red Data Book, black-winged stilts, and ducks were seen picking at food and preening their feathers at the Sankaku Pond in Yone, Tomigusuku.

Kozo Hashimoto, a member of a nature protection group, says that some black-faced spoonbills arrived at the Sankaku Pond in October. Five birds that he observed on the 7th had newly arrived in November. He says many more are yet to come. “The amount of rubbish has increased in the pond because of the typhoons that have hit the islands. We need to maintain a clean environment so as to be able welcome these birds safely.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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