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, 31 December 2014

December birds 4

Still at the Yokoshima area in Kumamoto.

At a great distance, but unmistakably: the Short-eared Owl, or コミミズク

A tree full of Russet Sparrows, ニュウナイスズメ

A common Kestrel, チョウゲンボウ without her usual company of chasing crows

Very common in the Netherlands, but not in Fukuoka. In this reclaimed land area there always seem to be some around: Common Starling, ホシムクドリ

In the same tree, a male Daurian Redstart, ジョオビタキ

And again very far a Merlin, コチョウゲンボウ

Yearly winter visitors; White-naped Cranes, マナツル


  1. You are right about Short-eared Owls in flight. They are pretty unmistakable. They always look like giant moths to me especially around dawn or dusk.