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, 15 September 2019

Migrating birds

Please note: some correction on the image below. The bird in the photo is a Ztting Cisticola, セッカ, Not a Black-browed Reed Warbler, コヨシキリ. This bird was not singing.  Thanx to the expert!

I drove to Imazu a little late in the morning. It was hot and a little windy. When I heard the first birdI wondered what it was. Similar to the song of Oriental Reed warbler, but different. There were a few birds, I think 3 2 Black-browed Reed Warbler, コヨシキリ

The tide was in and I could see some waders in the distance, but what stroke me most were the Grey Herons, アオサギ.  There were so many!  You could see them literally everywhere!

One single bird in a ricefield in Imazu, 3 more further west: Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

A number of Far Eastern Curlews, ホウロクシギ were roaming the fields in Taromaru

アラ! 足

Coming close - real close! - to check me out

Around the waterlogged field near the pig farm: Intermediate Egrets, チュウサギ
They don't seem to like the river much. Do they eat frogs and insects rather than fish?

The lucky bird that caught a big hopper

Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

And then there were snipes. And again this year I cannot be sure: 
Common Snipe, タシギ ?  I don't think so.
Swinhoe's Snipe, チュウジシギ?

A fairly big bird, compared to the Curlew... Latham's Snipe, オオジシギ ?

Red-necked Stints, トウネン and again some Snipe....

Another remarkable fact: Where are the Wood Sandpipers, タカブシギ ???? After looking very hard for about 15 min I found just 2...

A rice farmer drying rice straw on the road. 

Thank you for your support, Mr. Hatano!

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Cuckoos and Flycatchers

Please note the many corrections.  I swapped images of the female flycatchers, below. Also concerning the cuckoo and the raptor. Then, the unknown warbler got a name! Thanx to Mr. H!

There are lots of little black droppings on the ground, meaning the critters, hairy caterpillars, who dropped them are in the foliage, high up in the trees where I can hardly see them, but where birds can see them very well and who loves them more the the members of the cuckoo family?
It took a while though. They were flying around, but would not rest on a place where I could see them. However I did get a little lucky at one stage...

female Common Oriental Cuckoo, カッコウ

Grey-streaked Flycatcher, エゾビタキ

Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ  female, I'm sorry, female Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ male

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ, female

Dark-sided Flycatcher, サメビタキ

When they don't sing it's too hard to tell. Some Warbler,  ?ムシクイ?
Thx to the expert: Arctic Warbler, Phylloscopus borealis: コムシクイ

No crown

Japanese White-eye, メジロ

3 raptors were circling overhead. Eurasian Sparrowhawks, ハイタカ Grey-faced Buzzard, サシバ 


Was still warm when I found him...  Oriental Cuckoo, ツツドリ

I really have to take my time and pay more attention. It's a learning curve!

Kashibaru Shitsugen, the Nanayama wetlands in August

2 Afternoons in August, when the weather was hot, but not too hot and occasional rainshowers kept us fresh. Then, it is always a bit cooler up the mountain anyway. First the flowers

White Egret Flower, (Sagiso) サギソウorchid

Japanese Bellflower, (Kikyo) キキョウ

White variety of Fringed Pink or Dianthus, (Kawaranadeshiko) カワラナデシコ

Sawahiyodori, サワヒヨドリ

Small-leaved Plantain Lily, (Kobagiboshi) コバギボウシ

St John’s Wort,  (Otogirisou) オトギリソウ

Mizutombo, ミズトンボ orchid


Lobelia Sessilifolia, (Sawagikyo) サワギキョウ

Left: Forest Ghost Flower, (Nanbangireru) ナンバンギセル
Right: Bogbean, (Mitsugashiwa) ミツガシワ... normally seen in spring

Pygmy Water-lily, (Hitsujigusa) ヒツジグサ

Left: Yellow Bladderwort, (Inutanukimo) イヌタヌキモ
Right: Blue Bladderwort, (Hozakino Mimikakisuga) ホザキノミミカキグサ

Asian Bladderwort, (Murasaki Mimikakigusa) ムラサキミミカキグサ

Dwarf Toad Lily, (Yamahototogisu) ヤマホトトギス

Left:  Nodake, ノダケ   Right: Great Burnet, (Waremoko) ワレモコウ

Tsuchi Akebi, ツチアケビ orchid

Leaf Beetle, (Hamushi) ハムシ on Eastern Valerian, (Ominaeshi) オミナエシ

Butterfly Dragonfly, (Chotombo) チョウトンボ

Scarlet Dwarf, (Hatcho Tombo) male ハッチョウトンボ


Kiitotombo, キイトトンボ

Beniitotombo, ベニイトトンボ

White tailed Skimmer, (Ooshiokaratombo) オオシオカラトンボ

Monosashi Tombo, モノサシトンボ

Blue Bee, ブルービー,  (Rurimonhanabachi) ルリモンハナバチ
on Eastern Valerian, (Ominaeshi) オミナエシ

 And on another medicinal kind of Valerian, (Otokoshi) オトコエシ

Japanese Honey Bee, (Nihonmitsubachi) ニホンミツバチ

Onagasasakiri, オナガササキリfem (Japanese Long-tailed Bush Cricket) on Citron Day-lily, (Yuusuge) ユウスゲ

Himeshaku, ヒメシャクKind of Geometer Moth 

Madara Mizumeiga, マダラミズメイガ

Sea Horned Stinkbug, (Seakatsuno Kamemushi) セアカツノカメムシ

Japanese Tree Frog, (Amagaeru) アマガエル

Japanese Pit Viper, (Mamushi) マムシ

Not interested in me