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, 11 April 2021

April birds in the park

 The sunny weather brought more people than birds to the city parks this weekend. It was hard work.

White's Thrush, トラツグミ appeared just briefly when most visitors were still huddled at the entrance

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ kept us at a distance and preferred the dark bush

Female Red-flanked Bluetail, ルリビタキ

Doing the Komadori act on the famous stairs

Warbling White-eye, メジロ

Pale Thrush, シロハラ

Black-headed Gull, ユリカモメ

Japanese Tiger Beetle, ハンミョウ

Lovely colorful from above, hairy and scary from the side

Friday, 9 April 2021

Long-billed Plover chicks, イカルチドリのひな

Very early this year, 2 little bits of fluff running among stones on an island in the river. So cute!

Also in the same area: Penduline Tits, ツリスガラ

Little Ringed Plover, コチドリ

One truly Black-headed Gull, ユリカモメ

Playing with Macro

In the park and along the river. The bicycle ride is pleasant, but I cannot easily take my big lens, so macro it is. 

Of course then I run into the first Stonechat, ノビタキ

フデリンドウ Gentiana Zollingeri

One of the many Sumire Violets スミレ

The Silver Dragons are coming out ギンリョウソウ (Monotropastrum Humile) 

Osamushi Ground Beetle spec オオオサムシ

Solomon's Seal (アマドコロ)

These things give me the creeps. ヘビトンボ 科

コミスジ, Pallas' Sailer

Sasagumo Spider, ササグモ on Fleabane

Flower Crab Spider, カニグモ catching a Kaminari Hamushi Flea Beetle, カミナリハムシ

Hoverfly, アブ科

Kuro Urihamushi Leaf Beetle, クロウリハムシ (Aulacophora nigripennis) on Cherokee Rose, ナニワイバラ

Thursday, 8 April 2021


 After such a grey day I went back to get better images. The Avocets were not around anymore, but the others were:

Garganey, シマアジ 2 males

Gadwall, オカヨシガモ

Still at the same field: Intermediate Egret, チュウサギ 

A field being ploughed always attracts many birds. The Egrets catch their prey close to that vicious machine. It's a wonder no one gets hurt. Great Egret, ダイサギ

Again Intermediate Egret, チュウサギ 

Pacific Swift, アマツバメ

 Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ, 1 bird near the pig farm in Taromaro, 2 in the Lotus field at Tajiri


Showing a foot, 足

Even the Eastern Buzzard, ノスリ paid a visit again

The moon is slightly visible too, can you see it?

Enjoy spring!