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, 8 February 2013

First Sunday of February

First Sunday of the month is tanjokai in Imazu, where birders get together to watch, count and talk. While we screen the fields and mud-flats we exchange info and ideas and make plans for further outings. It's good for me, I learn something every time. And I made nice friends. This time many people came, I think over 40, despite the low temperatures. The sun was out and there was that spring feeling...

  A Japanese White-eye inspecting an early blooming plum tree  メジロ

A Black-necked Grebe pushing water  ハジロカイツブリ

nose diving and

emerging right in front of me - surprise!

Wow, such red eyes!

In the forest on the other side of the city:

Hawfinches again.  シメ

 a Red-flanked Bluetail boy    and girl      ルリビタキ

And (Grey-bellied) Bullfinches at last  ウソ

Doesn't the male on the right have a pinkish belly?

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