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.

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Silver week birds 2

The next day, Sept 22 we drove to the big volcano in Unzen and I hiked to the valley where little birds come to a small pond. A number of female Narcissus Flycathers was hanging around a lot during the morning. The cloud cover made the scene dark and the cold wind might have been the reason why none of them went in the water to bath, nor to drink. At the end of the morning a Thrush appeared and that was a big surprise!

Juvenile Siberian Thrush, マミジロ

Around noon another one dropped by: a female Siberian Thrush, マミジロ? Or a Scaly Thrush, トラツグミ?

When the cloud cover broke a little sunshine came through and birds started venturing into the pond. 
Male Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

taking his time

Female Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Just one Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ showed up

And several Varied Tits, ヤマガラ

Not one Red-billed Leiothrix. Their noisy calls were heard , but none stopped by. Why?

Down at the carpark the Grey-streaked Flycatchers, エゾビタキ were having a ball. There must have been at least 40! Many young birds, some still babies

 Watching them from the inside of our camper was a real treat!

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Kanatake walk September 16

Since I arrived a bit late at the scene I can only show part of what was recorded.  I added a few images of the same place taken the previous day. The first image was most remarkable

Asian Trampsnail,  コハクオナジマイマ

Upon arrival 2 flocks of starlings landed in the trees at the entrance. They seemed to be 2 different kinds: White-cheeked Starling, ムクドリ ...

... and Chestnut-cheeked Starling, コムクドリ

ヤマキマダラヒカゲ?  サトキマダラヒカゲ Japanese Labyrinth or Goschkevitschi's Labyrinth

Peacock Pansy, タテハモドキ

Chinese Bushbrown, ヒメジャノメ (Mycalesis gotama)

Indian Fritillary, ツマグロヒョウモン male

Dark Evening Brown, クロコノマチョウ, Melanitis phedima

ゴマダラチョウ, Hestina Persimilis Japonica 

 In the Japanese Snowbell tree, エゴノキ  Varied Tits, ヤマガラ came to get their favorite seeds

シロテンハナムグリ、Protaetia orientalis or シラホシハナムグリ、Protaetia brevitarsis

ツチグリ, kind of Earth Star Mushroom

Red Spider Lily or Cluster Amaryllis, ヒガンバナ Lycoris radiata

False Daisy, タカサブロウ ?

Devil's Beggarticks, アメリカセンダングサ Bidens frondosa


Euhadra herklotsi、ツクシマイマイ

Some pretty baby snail, about 7mm 

Common Bluetail, アオモンイトトンボ

シオカラトンボ,  Orthetrum albistylum 

Japanese Grasshopper, ハネナガイナゴ, Oxya japonica

シャクガ科 Geometer moth spec

フタテンオエダシャク Chiasmia defixaria

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