Wild birds in Ariake Sea - 📍Higashiyoka-Higata, Saga
A foraging Sandpiper
As an incredible place that has been registered as a Ramsar site (an important wetland), Higashiyoka-Higata boasts the largest number of migratory birds, sandpipers, and plovers, more than anywhere else in Japan. Sandpipers and plovers breed in the summer in regions in the direction of Siberia and Alaska, while in the winter they travel south to Australia and New Zealand. Higashiyoka-Higata is one of the leading transit places and overwintering sites in the country, where more than 10,000 birds gather at that time!
View over Higashiyoka-Higata
Ariake Sea is known for the largest tidal range: the vast tidal flat spreading along the Ariake Sea coastline is said to be equivalent to about 40% of the total area of tidal flats in Japan. Various kinds of flora and fauna are living there, some of which can’t be seen anywhere else. Plankton is abundant in the tidal flat, and more than 100 kinds of wild birds come by for foraging throughout the year.
Wild birds of Higashiyoka-Higata
A binocular telescope is installed on the Higashiyoka coast overlooking the Higashiyoka-Higata. This is a highly recommended spot for wild bird watching!
In addition to wild birds, you can also observe mudflat creatures such as mud hoppers, mudskippers, and fiddler crabs.
When observing wild birds in Higashiyoka-Higata, check the timing in advance. Wild birds can be observed near the coast for about 1 to 2 hours before and after the high tide time when the tide level exceeds 5 meters. You can check the best time for observing wild birds on websites such as the Saga Prefecture official website.
Why don’t you go see the wild birds in Higashiyoka-Higata for yourself?