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Map to our observation site/ Species of migrant/ Annual report of our society
Environmental Education/ Rapid report 2000 Autumn
Abstract of 1999 Autumn/ Abstract of 1998 Autumn/ Rapid report 1997 Autumn
Abstract of 1996 Autumn/ Abstract of 1995 Autumn/ Abstract of 1994 Autumn
Link of Raptor migration

the Shirakaba-touge pass, fixed observation point

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How to visit Shirakaba-touge

Shirakaba-touge is a pass between Nagawa village and Azumi village. These two village are in middle-west of Nagano prefecture. From Tokyo or Nagoya, can ride on JR express train of "Chu-ou line" for 2-3 hours to Matsumoto station. Matsumoto to Shin-Shimashima is a local train,"Matsumoto-dentetsu, Kamikouchi line". After ride off train, can use taxi for 1hour.
In upper map, red character A is the Shirakaba-touge pass, and red character B is a fine view sight of roadside.

Species of migrant through the Shirakaba-touge
Scientific nameJapanese nameEnglish name
Pandion haliaetusMISAGOOsprey
Pernis ptilorhyncusHACHIKUMACrested Honey-buzzard
Milvus migransTOBIBlack Kite
Accipiter gentilisOOTAKANorthern Goshawk
Accipiter soloensisAKAHARADAKAChinese Goshawk
Accipiter gularisTSUMIJapanese Sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisusHAITAKAEurasian Sparrowhawk
Buteo buteoNOSURICommon buzzard
Butastur indicusSASHIBAGrey-faced Buzzard
Circus cyaneusHAIIROCHUHIHen Harrier
Circus spilonotusCHUHIEastern Marsh Harrier
Falco peregrinusHAYABUSAPeregrine Falcon
Falco subbteoCHIGOHAYABUSAEurasian Hobby
Falco columbariusKOCHOUGENBOUMerlin
Falco tinnunculusCHOUGENBOUCommon Kestrel

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"Group of researching hawks migration in Shinshu" publish annual report every year since 1991.
In summer of this year, we have opend a symposium about Japanese migration research, and now planning a research network.

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Education program

We have some plans of hawk migration and nature watch program for schoolchildren.

Rapid report 2000 Autumn from the Shirakaba-touge pass

Count data rapid report
Dairy report from our observation sight using a cellular phone was put into this website in the same day.

Hawks Migration in Japan 2000 plus 1999 Shinshu annual

The databook of Raptor Migration Symposium in Shinshu 2000


1.Hawks Migration in Japan
1.1) Sasiba in Miyako island/Akaharadaka in Miyako/Hawks migration in Nagasaki/Migration of Hachikuma in Fukuoka/Sasiba in central Kochi/Hawks migration of the Naruto strait/Migration of Sasiba Hachikuma in Hyogo 1991-1999/Hawks migration of the Irago cape 1974-1999/Spring migration of the Irago cape/Hawks migration in Gifu 1989-1999/Hawks migration in Shinshu 1991-1999/Sasiba in Nagano-city on breeding season/Ootaka migrated to Nagano from Hokkaido/Spring migration in Nagano and Autamn migration in Niigata 1999/Hawks migration in Okutama 1999/Hawks migration in Hachiouji 1999 Autamn/Simultaneous observation in Gunma 1999/Spring Migration of the Tappi cape(Aomori) 1995-1999/Wintering of Oowasi/A comparative study of several shades of wing colors on Hachikuma/Satellite tracking of Sasiba and environment selection of wintering place/
1.2)Questionnaires of Migration investigating commission in whole Japan
1.3)Bibliography list of migration research

2.Hawks Migration in Shinshu 1999

3.Identification guide of flying hawks.

Abstract of 1999 Autumn
In 1999, the Shirakaba-touge pass hawk count has gone on from 21th Aug. to 14th Nov., 67 days(560hours), exclude heavy rainy day.
13 species (2 families) were identified.
Total number of migrants was 11768 hawks.
6709Butastur indicus migrated in 1/Sep. - 19/Oct..
1644 Pernis apivorus migrated in 2/Sep. - 24/Oct..

98 Shinshu annual

Abstract of 1998 Autumn

In 1998, the Shirakaba-touge pass hawk count has gone on from 23th Aug. to 15th Nov., 65 days(464hours), exclude heavy rainy day.
13 species (2 families) were identified.
Total number of migrants was 9313 hawks.
4746Butastur indicus migrated in 23/Aug. - 19/Oct..
1667 Pernis apivorus migrated in 1/Sep. - 27/Oct..

97 Shinshu annual

Rapid report 1997 Autumn from Shirakaba-touge pass

16 Nov.----------
Fixed point research of this year was over. About 14000 hawks recorded in 2 months. -----------------

18 Oct.----------
Some of Buteo buteo and Accipiter gularis migrated.
Migration of Butastur indicus and Pernis ptilorhyncus was over completely.
In morning, It hailed and became cold. This day's time of research over was 16 o'clock, and air temperature was 2 degree at that time.
Top of the Japan Northern Alps were almost white.

1 Oct.----------
Buteo buteo and Accipiter gularis increased.
Butastur indicus and Pernis ptilorhyncus decreased.

---------- Summed September migration was about 11,000 ----------

25 Sep.----------
950 Hawks migrated very very high.


24 Sep.----------
Good day for taking picture with low flight. Hawks ware about 1700 induviduals.

20 Sep.----------
The greatest hawk watch day came!
5600 Butastur indicus and 600 Pernis ptilorhyncus migrated. This is a new record in Nagano prefecture.
We say this as "TAKABASIRA"

Hawkwatching hike opened by the Environment Agency and Norikura nature conservation center et.al..
Further more, butterfly marking research also. One marked ASAGIMADARA migrated to Kikai island(Ryukyu islands) for about 1000km distance, 35 days.

17 Sep.----------
Rainy day. No hawks observed from fixed sight.
Around Norikura heights, only one Pandion haliaetus and a few Pernis ptilorhyncus migrated.
Pernis ptilorhyncus

10 Sep.----------
This year first kettle day.
About 400 hawks included 350 Butastur indicus migrated.
Its so early.

3 Sep.-----------
Any hawk didn't present.

Other information and report about '97 migration in Shinshu
  • Aipine zone
  • 28 Sep. 8:00am from Mt.Jounen(EL2857m)
    This sight is in Japanese northen alps(=Hida mountains) area which has several 3000m peak. A kettle of 30 hawks(maybe Butastur indicus) migrated from Mt.Nisi to Mt.Hotaka(direction to south).
    Reported by Naoki TAKAYAMA(Wild Bird Association Shinsyu)

  • Highland
  • In Utsukushigahara heights, Birds monitering is continue from April to November. This year raptor breeding ware almost not good. And migration August to October is also. Only one female Pernis ptilorhyncus was observed at 12 Sep. by dairy patrol.
    Reported by Hajime HASHIMOTO(Utsukushigahara visitors' center)

    96 Shinshu annual

    Abstract of 1996 Autumn

    This is a summary of our research group '96 annual.

    Shirakabatoge-pass is located on the southern tip of Hida mountains in central Japan, Honshu island.
    This is a annual report of investigations on the 1996 autumn migration.
    In this term(August 18 to November 4), a total of 14 species and 12,676 hawks were recorded.
    The most individuals was 8,791 of Butastur indicus. 3,893 birds migrated in a day, September 24.
    It was last record of the daily maximam number.

    In September 28, emphasise research was put in practice.
    About 20 km line was devided 23 parts seen from 5 observation points.
    1,747 birds of total ware observed in a day of throughout this research area.
    On the same day, 858 birds(49% of whole area) seen at fixed observation point on Shirakabatoge-pass.

    95 Shinshu annual

    Abstract of 1995 Autumn

    In 1995, the Shirakaba-touge pass hawk count has gone on from 1st Sep. to 6th Nov., 61 days(469hours), exclude heavy rainy day.
    14 species (2 families) were identified.
    7760 Butastur indicus migrated in 7/Sep. - 12/Oct..
    2196 Pernis apivorus migrated 7/Sep. - 15/Oct..
    Total number of migrants was 12382 hawks.

    This yearbook include collation report of "Hawk migration in Shinshu 1991-1995".
    Abstract of 1994 Autumn

    In 1994, 12004 hawks migrated beyond the Shirakaba-toge pass.
    14 species (2 families) were identified from while researching(310 hours).
    5672 Butastur indicus migrated in 8/Sep. - 14/Oct., 97% of total numbers were in 18/Sep. - 3/Oct..
    2171 Pernis apivorus was migrated 10/Sep. - 15/Oct., 94% of them were in 18/Sep. - 3/Oct.

    HAWK Link

    JAPAN and ASIA

  • Hawk Migration Network
    Japanese hawk migration research network since 2000

  • Autumn Hawk Watch
    Some societies makes a plan of hawk watch.

  • Tenranzan mountain (Saitama pref.)
    Mt.Tenranzan, Han-nou city in Saitama is near Tokyo.

  • Norikura hawk observation
    Another page maked by a member of us

  • WBSJ-Gifu research division
    Migration on Kinkazan, and whole Gifu pref. (central Honshu island)

  • Hawk migration reserach in Kyoto
    WBSJ Kyoto has a fixed point observation sight on Mt.Iwama.

  • WBSJ Tokushima(North East of Shikoku island)
    Mt. Narutoyama fixed point observation sight 1991-1999, and Autumn rapid report

  • Hiroshima Raptor Migration & Ecology Research
    A research society of Chugoku area(western region of Honshu island)

  • Birds in Mihara
    Eastern region of Hiroshima pref.

  • WBSJ Kita-kyushu research division
    Migration map of Pernis apivorus

  • WBSJ Nagasaki(North West of Kyushu island)
    has research page of Pernis apivorus and Accipiter soloensis.

    Cooperative study project of migration with Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network.

  • Hawk watching at Kenting
    Wild Bird Society of Ping Tung has reported from most southern area of Taiwan since 1995.

  • Hawkmountain in U.S.
  • Hawk Migration Association of North America
  • Chimney rock in U.S.
  • Alex and Sara's Raptor Web Page

    Butastur indicus
    Map to our observation site/ Species of migrant/ Annual report of our society
    Abstract of 1999 Autumn/ Abstract of 1998 Autumn/ Rapid report 1997 Autumn
    Abstract of 1996 Autumn/ Abstract of 1995 Autumn/ Abstract of 1994 Autumn
    Link of Raptor migration
    Contact us via Email

    ASAGI WATCH(Migration of butterfly)