This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Spring is.... the call of Pheasants in the morning. キジ

They come out of hiding to find their partner, fight their rivals and raise their young.

Though females are much less colorful than males, the striking patterns around their eyes make up for their beauty.


There seem to be so many Brown-headed and Pale Thrushes around this year. I hoped to see some others like Grey-backed, but only found the Eyebrowed Thrush. The Dusky Thrushes have left mostly. But the we always have our resident Blue Rock Thrush, nesting just around the corner

Brown-headed Thrush, アカハラ

Eyebrowed Thrush, マミチャジナイ

Dusky Thrush, ツグミ

Pale Thrush, シロハラ

Blue Rock Thrush, イソヒヨドリ

April 11th, Eastern Crowned Warbler, センダイムシクイ Asian Stubtail, ヤブサメ and some more at Minami Koen and the Botanical Gardens.

Usually it takes me 3 or 4 days to find all these birds. On this day it happened all at once. I was tired and left before closing time... A First!

Eastern Crowned Warbler, センダイムシクイ

 Asian Stubtail, ヤブサメ

Goldcrest,  キクイタダキ

Yellow-throated Bunting, ミヤマホオジロ

Pale Thrush, シロハラ

Brambling, アトリ with the last bit of Sakura

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

April 11th Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ at Minami Koen and the Botanical Gardens

Continued from previous post, which was a short update. Here the longer version

April 11th Japanese Robin, コマドリ at Minami Koen and the Botanical Gardens

There were several birds in the area, I saw at leas 5. I posted a young male, adult male and a female before. Here comes the rest. The young birds don't seem to be that shy - yet

Juvenile female

Juvenile male

The adult male has a line on his chest. He came out just briefly, when no one else was around

The girl again