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.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

left-overs from April

Grey wagtail, キセキレイ gets a black throat when breeding

A Varied Tit, ヤマガラ enjoying his bath

Curious female Blue Rock Thrush, イソヒヨドリ  

Goodbye winter birds, Dusky Thrush, ツグミ

The Red-rumped Swallows, コシアカツバメ are nesting!

Some wild flowers that I don't know any names of...

Brown-eared Bulbul, ヒヨドリ

Leucism is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment from being properly deposited on the bird's feathers.

In this case the ears are still colored, say it a bit pale, just as the bill and the feet.
So the bulbul can keep it's name. And identity.

So white and conspicuous, how long will that last?

Red Turtle Dove, ベニバト

A common bird in other parts of Asia, a rare visitor to Kyushu


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ and White-headed Stilt, オーストラリアセイタカシギ 

A little towards the west: 8 Black-winged and 1...

A bit apart from the others was that one bird with the standing black nape, that looked familiar.

maybe White-headed Stilt, オーストラリアセイタカシギ ?

Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

Common bird, but so happy to see it again! Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ


with the Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ in the back

Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ

A sunny Sunday morning in the fields. among the ducks that are slow to leave was just one Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ and 3 Wood Sandpipers, タカブシギ


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Japanese Robin, コマドリ

A young male at the usual location. Observing his surroundings for a while from this wooden stub.

Venturing out in bright daylight for just a minute...

Keeping us entertained while waiting: Black-faced Bunting, アオジ

Nearby: Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Belated hanami

In the 2nd week of April I went to the park expecting all sorts of exciting migrators, but it was a quiet day. The cherry blossoms were still in full bloom, so late this year. Between the hanami guests and despite the crowd I managed a few shots though

Long-tailed Tit, エナガ

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, コゲラ

Goldcrest, キクイタダキ

Japanese White-eye, メジロ

Japanese Grosbeak, イカル

A few days later I went back and found this one Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Hellebore, クリスマスローズ, Christmas Rose