This morning I decided to try again for Ryukyu Minivet at Shimabara Athletic Park. The western side of the sports park has a forested area with a couple of short trails which backs onto a mountainous area.
The deepest part of this forest has a small, usually dry, pond-like area. I have checked this location at other times of year and been disappointed, however this morning it was very active.
I only stayed at the pond area for about 20 minutes, but in that time I saw several species such as Pale Thrush, Brown-eared Bulbul, Eurasian Siskin, Brambling, Japanese White-eye, Red-flanked Bluetail, Meadow Bunting, Elegant Bunting and, to my surprise, Grey Bunting.
The Minivet did not appear, however, but I did glimpse something that may have been a hawfinch.
Anyway, this variety of species means the pond area is definitely worth dedicating an entire morning to in the near future!