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.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Springtime in the Botanical Gardens 3

A few more scenes of Minami Koen and the Botanical Gardens

Blue-and-white Flycatcher,  オオルリ

Carrion Crow,  ハシボソガラス

A crow stole a bag of lollies from an inattentive birder.

What did he do? He took it to higher ground. 

Opened the bag.

Took out lollies one by one


 Burried them in the undergrowth!
PS. The female joined him later. Did he have something to please her!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Springtime in the Botanical Gardens 2

More of the same birds at different days in and around the park

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher,  サンコウチョウ 
(didn't get to see much more of it残念です)

Asian Brown Flycatcher,  コサメビタキ

Varied Tit, ヤマガラ

Female Yellow-throated Bunting,  ミヤマホオジロ

Winter Wren,  みそさざい

Eyebrowed Thrush,  マミチャジナイ

White-cheeked Starling,  ムクドリ

Black-faced Bunting,  アオジ female

Japanese Grosbeak,  イカル

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Spring time in the Botanical Gardens 1

At 4:00 it gets crowded at the pond. Most common birds come for a bath.
I often wonder what birds fly in after 5 o'clock, when the gardens are closed...

Female Yellow-throated Bunting,  ミヤマホオジロ

Pale Thrush,  シロハラ

Varied Tit, ヤマガラ

Japanese White eye, メジロ


Brambling,  アトリ

Grey Bunting,  クロジ

Japanese Great Tit,  シジュウカラ

Eurasian Siskin,  マヒワ

Black-faced Bunting,  アオジ  male and female


Monday, 20 May 2013

Brambling, アトリ and Hawfinch, シメ

The migrating season is nearly over. This is what stopped by:

Brambling,  アトリ



Hawfinch,  シメ

One daring little bird stopping right in front of the lens to pick up its favorite seed

To be continued

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Grey Nightjar ヨタカ の ショートステー

One lucky day in the park.
After debating where to go for the day, the islands, the mountains, Imazu, we opted for Minami koen and the botanical gardens. And we got lucky. On top of this Nightjar we saw a Japanese Thrush and 2 or 3 Japanese Paradise Flycatchers. These last two moved too fast, too hard to capture, but the Nightjar sat very still.

Grey Nightjar  ヨタカ

Nearby, but hard to detect

Sleeping most of the time

鼻の穴 hana no ana, nostril 

Keeping an eye on the bug 

 What Insect is this?

And crows overhead 

Sound asleep again, till we left at the end of the day.
The next day he was gone.

今日の勉強   眠っています= sleeping