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, 20 March 2013

角島, Tsunoshima 1

Tsunoshima is in Yamaguchi prefecture, on the island of Honshu and is the most western point of Honshu. It is well known for its beautiful seashore and all I can do is confirm this. It surely is a special place. Even on a cold and windy day.
Anything beyond Kyushu seems remote, but it actually took only 2.5 hrs to drive there.
Leaving at 4am we got there just at daybreak. We headed straight for the south-west cape and hung around the area of the lighthouse, hoping to see Sparrowhawks taking off on their migrating journey, they didn’t fly in this much wind. Later in the morning some local birders arrived, telling us about a small group of Bean Geese in a paddock . They too made use of the wind and were flying from one end to the other, but finally landed nearby.

ヒシク, Tundra Bean Goose

Looks like a family.

Tundra or Taiga Bean Geese? I can’t tell

On the way we happened upon this small vege pad where Bullfinches were feeding. Not much red, but that's the time of the year I guess. I wonder, do they have an English name?

ベニバラウソ, Bullfinch

今日の勉強  角島 = Tsunoshima


  1. Nice shots, Marijke! Just one thing.....I think the bullfinches are all female P. p. rosacea, rather than cassinii.....cassinii have all grey backs whereas these birds have only grey napes and the rest of the back is pinkish grey which indicates rosacea. In Japan it is possible to get three of the subspecies - griseiventris (males: grey back, red cheeks, grey chest & belly), rosacea (males: red cheeks with variable red on breast & belly and grey nape with pinkish-grey back), and cassini (males: red cheeks, breast & belly and gray back - also cassinii are much bigger than the others). But in our area P.p. rosacea is most likely - the other subspecies are more likely in northern Honshu and Hokkaido.

    1. Thank you John, I had my doubts about them. It's good to have you checking my identifications!