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.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Baikal Teal, トモエガモ

Feeding on he low tide and taking a short nap before moving on, 9 birds, all males. Where were the ladies?

The duck scene: Many Mallards, Wigeons (Eurasian), Northern Pintails and Spot-billed Ducks, some Common Teals, Falcated Ducks, Gadwalls and Northern Shovelers.  

A different looking Pintail with a copper brownish breast. A hybrid?

 A little further out: Red-breasted Merganser, ウミアイサ - 7 birds

Buntings and a little surprise

The Buntings were everywhere in this calm day in the first week of December. Sometimes I get kind of depressed walking around Imazu, when there isn't much going on and I see yet another bit of land being cleared for buildings. I keep on thinking about the old days and what it must have been like before they put those big fences up, before I started coming here. But this day was good. It encouraged me to keep on checking 'my' points. 

Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホオアカ

Male Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

Female Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

Black-faced Bunting, アオジ and its friend of the day, Common Sandpiper, イソシギ

I was looking out for another bird, the Rustic Bunting, when there was some movement in the reed and instead of another bunting this little fellow appeared briefly. That fan-shaped tail must belong to the bird that I used to know as Fan-tailed Warbler, but now is called Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

Zitting Cisticola in winter plumage, セッカの冬羽 Surprise!

The Common Magpies, カササギ
 were as cheeky as usual and one flew in front of my lens. 

Then there was this place where at least a hundred Sparrows landed, all busy digging in this stuff that looked like saw dust. Eurasian Tree Sparrow, スズメ

What is this stuff? Fodder? Food for pigs?

Remember the 3 Mute Swans,コブハクチョウ? Well, They left briefly and 2 came back. So now there are just these. Does the one in front look a little more mature? Would it be parent and child? I'm not much of a birder. When there were 3 I saw the distinct difference in face between the adult and juveniles. Not paying much attention to them recently I lost track...
In front is a Eurasian Coot, オオバン

The Grey Wagtail, キセキレイwhich is called yellow in Japanese, chased off by a White Wagtail, ハクセキレイ

Farewell from our winter guest the female Hen Harrier, ハイイロチュウヒ

Last days of November

Due to computer / internet problems :-(  I cannot upload photos at the moment. They will be added later. 

It was raining, but I decided to go out to the fields anyway.

Soon the female Hen Harrier, ハイイロチュウヒ ♀ flew by.

Another raptor appeared. Eastern Buzzard, ノスリ. They observed each other for a while, circled around each other and then went different ways.

The small birds had all gone into hiding, but after a while a Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホオアカ came to perch on the seeding Golden Rod.

A flock of Oriental Greenfinches, カワラヒワ acting like leaves in 'their' tree.

There were quite a number of Thrushes around, mostly Dusky, but also Pale Thrush, シロハラ

Most emphatically present were the hundreds of Rooks, ミヤマガラス. No pandas in there

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Kanatake walk November 20th

I expected it to be rather cold, but the sunshine was nice and though the wind was a bit nasty at times we were mostly comfortable. last month we had seen a number of birds, so I took a 420mm lens. The results are not all very good, specially since most birds were absent... except for the Rooks

Thunberg’s Chive, (Yamarakkyo) ヤマラッキョウ

Tankiri mame, タンキリマメ 

Isodon, (Yamahakka) ヤマハッカ

Sankodake, サンコタケ, Pseudcolous schellenbergiae

Japanese Kadsura, (Sanekazura) サネカズラ

Japanese Violet, スミレ

Rook, ミヤマカラス

70 Birds were counted

Bull-headed Shrike ,モズ

White variety of Water Willow, (Kitsunenomago) キツネノマゴ

Caterpillar of Artaxa subflav, (Dokuga)ドクガの幼虫

Cocoon of Common Mapwing, イシガケチョウ

Wild winter strawberries, フユイチゴ

Small Copper, ベニシジミ

Nurudemimifushi, ヌルデミミフシPockets of insects that live on a plant called Nurde, Chinese Sumac or Rhus and look like white lice.

キモグリバエ, (Kimoguribae) Frit Flies or Grass flies

They don't have any hair, which is why they look shiny

Grey wagtail, キセキレイ

Mayutate Akane, マユタテアカネ (kind of Darter)

Pink Sorrel, (Imokatabami) イモカタバ

Holly Blue, ルリシジミ

Buckwheat, ソバ

Water Pepper, ミゾソバ