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, 19 March 2014

Waxwings, レンジャク

When spring comes waxwings gather to have a feast in and around the city of Dazaifu, where berry trees line the streets and parks. The flock of over 50 birds consists of mainly Japanese waxwings, but some Bohemian Waxwings are seen, easily recognized by the yellow terminal band on their tail and the lack of red markings generally.

Waxwings, レンジャク

below Japanese Waxwing,  ヒレンジャク

below  Bohemian Waxwing,  キレンジャク


Suddenly the birds take to their wings and attack a tree or bush. They gobble up as many berries as possible during a few minutes or just half a minute before returning to the top of the bare trees, from where they can keep a safe look out.

  Side by side, Bohemian and Japanese Waxwings

When you see what these birds can do to a tree in one day you understand why they are called Pest birds in Dutch.

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