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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

Dusky Thrush、Jungle Crows and other goings on at the cafe ツグミやシメがカフェの庭に来る季節…

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Dusky Thrush、Jungle Crows and other goings on at the cafe ツグミやシメがカフェの庭に来る季節…

Aaron Kemp

A long time between posts. Winter is slowly coming to a close and we havent had as much snow as last year but in the last few weeks its been coming down again.  Over the last few weeks we have had a few new visitors including the Hawfinch which though few at the moment will increase in great numbers over the next month. 

 

Regarding food, the lunch menu has changed a little. As part of the lunch set we have introduced french fries and have dropped the soup. Fries are also available separately. We also have a winter special sandwich .. the hotdog hot sandwich... herb sausage with a sharp cheddar and sweet fried onion. 

Early this week I spotted one Dusty Thrush ツグミ。Again as we head into spring more of them should visit. 

One frequent visitor to the cafe, though not when people are around is a single Large Billed crow aka Jungle Crow, ハシブトガラス。These guys, though not a "popular" or "cute" bird in Japan interest me a lot due to their intelligence. They are the smartest birds, their brain to body mass ratio equal to great apes and only slightly lower than humans. This particular crow, wary of humans wont come while people are here. It's aware of me even when Im in the hide and supposedly camouflaged so I've only managed to get long shots of it. To me its as beautiful as any other bird even if it is regarded as somewhat of a pest here in Japan. 

Ive added a couple of favourite shots of other birds taken this week including the Brow eared Bulbul ヒヨドリ and great spotted woodpecker アカゲラ。