15 September 2009
Since everybody was saying that he or she went to Sanbanse tideland and saw Broad-billed Sandpipers, Great Knots, Red Knots, Little Stints and...I couldn't help but going there. September is the month to see autumn migrators!
Although it was a little bit cold, I walked in the mud with sandals on, to the same place where those plovers and sandpipers were feeding. Feeling ripple marks under my feet, I remembered learning the importance of Irihama-ken, or coastal access rights, in a lecture. It's much more fun to see birds in Sanbanse than Yatsuhigata, where we can only see them from the road around the mud land.
Somehow I didn't feel much anger at seeing a man who had let a large flock of birds fly by getting too close to a Far Eastern Curlew. Because I myself would like to try something like that! If there were a huge nature land and less people, birds could fly anywhere they want without being too much disturbed by people in the water.