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, 21 May 2019

Imazu update May 19th

The strong southern winds and heavy rain should have brought us some wings. One of the first things I saw was not a bird, but the fox. Still here? Here again? He (or she) disappeared in the same bush as before...

Leisurely walking the deserted road, Japanese red fox, キツネ

3 Mute Swans, コブハクチョウ had come to pay us a visit. An adult and 2 juveniles

They like to act in formation. I wonder why.

A flock of Egrets flew in. About 22 birds, half of them Cattle Egret, アマサギ, the other half Intermediate Egret, チュウサギ

It took a while for them to settle down

Other birds include Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

Yet another 2 Bull-headed Shrike, モズ fledgelings. I keep running into these.

Great Reed Warbler, オオヨシキリ

The scene at the flats during high tide, with 20+ Whimbrels, チュウシャクシギ and 3 Black-faced Spoonbills, クロツラヘラサギ

Monday, 20 May 2019

An overnighter in the mountais of Oita. Part 1: Oike

We like to go here early in the season, when the trees haven't got many leaves yet and the birds are a bit easier to see. Sometimes we get lucky and see some of the summer visitors, but this day birding was very slow. Ah well, there are always flowers...


Brown Dipper, カワガラス

Eurasian Nuthatch, ゴジュウカラ

Varied Tit, ヤマガラ

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, コゲラ

There were other woodpeckers, sometimes quite close, but I didn't get more than this:
 White-backed Woodpecker, オオアカゲラ


Nesting Winter Wren, ミソサザエ

Japanese fairy bells,  (Houchakusou) ホウチャクソウ

Yukizasa,  ユキザサ

Five-leaf akebia or Chocolate vine (Akebi) アケビ

Yamashakuyaku, ヤマシャクヤク

Ground-ivy (Kakidooshi) カキドオシ

Chigoyuri, チゴユリ

Ginriousou, ギンリョウソウ

Kurumamugura, クルマムグラ

Ichirinsou, イチリンソウ

Tsukushi tanigikyou, ツクシタニギキョウ

Yamarurisou, ヤマルリソウ