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, 8 November 2016

The last week of October

Though the weather is fine, temperatures are dropping day by day. The winter birds are arriving.
Every year I watch the first Redstarts with mixed feelings. Do I really like winter?

Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ female above, male below. 
Doesn't he look smug with that big hopper for lunch?

Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ
Every year they come here, but a number of trees have been cut and this year I saw only one...

I like going to the city parks sometimes. Birds are so easy to spot and the well trimmed trees and bush are a nice environment for photography. Japanese Great Tit, シジュウカラ

male Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, コゲラ
Always got to try capturing that red line on his head 

Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ again

I was hoping to see a Siberian Rubythroat, but missed it... And sometimes there are not so common birds passing by on their migration, like this one:
Red-breasted Flycatcher, オジロビタキ

Still around, the sun-loving, fast running Tiger Beetle, ハンミョウ

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