Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

Kijoka elementary school children find swan goose

On November 13, elementary school children found a swan goose in Kijoka ta-buku, Ogimi. (Photograph taken by Ginji Higa)

November 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A swan goose unexpectedly flew in and landed in Kijoka, Ogimi on November 13. The large swan-like goose is rarely seen in Japan.

Children at Kijoka Elementary School regularly conduct bird-watching activities, which the school has been doing for 27 years, but on November 13 they found an unfamiliar bird in a rice field, known as “Kijoka ta-buku”, near their school.

Kijoka Elementary School children observe wild birds every morning. On this particular morning, Ginji Higa, one of 10 sixth graders who were bird watching, noticed the bird. He checked the bird in a picture book and referred to Toyoko Ichida, an expert on birds, for confirmation.

Higa said, “I wondered what bird it is because it was so big. I am happy to find one.” Kenta Miyagi successfully took a photograph of the bird flapping powerfully. He said, “I am glad to see such a rare bird.”

Ichida, who teaches bird-watching to the children, said, “They are trying to do research on wild birds and understand them. I feel they have grown so much through the activity.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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