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Chitose-shi, Hokkaidō, 066-0068
Japan

0123 29 3410

The Bird Watching cafe is situated close to the Chitose river. From the cafe you can view the forest and all the birds and animals that live in the area. The cafe also has a purpose built bird hide from which you can photograph the animals at close range. 

We serve a variety of hot sandwiches and sweets with coffee, tea, cold drinks, beer and wine. 

Also housed in the same building is the Tadashi Shimada Nature photo gallery showcasing his work as a photographer of birds both locally in Hokkaido and other international works.

OPEN HOURS

WED 10am -5pm 

THUR 10am -5pm

FRI 10am -5pm

SAT 10am -5pm

SUN 10am -5pm

カケス - Eurasian jay Garrulus gladarius

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カケス - Eurasian jay Garrulus gladarius

Aaron Kemp

Garrulus gladarius  spotted about a week ago but wasn't able to get a photo of it until today. Still very shy so easily scared by even the slightest movement. As it move into winter we will see a lot more of these coming to the cafe. 

A member of the widespread jay group, and about the size of the Jackdaw, it inhabits mixed woodland, particularly with oaks, and is an habitual acorn hoarder. In recent years, the bird has begun to migrate into urban areas, possibly as a result of continued erosion of its woodland habitat.

Its usual call is the alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the Jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the Jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a Tawny Owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the Jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Peregrines during the day.

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