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.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

April 8th, Stilts again

The Corona Virus has been interfering with our daily lives a lot and now that PM Mr. Abe has declared the state of emergency for Fukuoka we are restricted even more. There will be fewer birds on this blog and the migrating visitors might not get a post at all. It's a difficult time for many of us. We have to think about how to act as to reduce the risk of infections for ourselves and for others. Let's hope it will end sometime soon. Good luck to you all and be strong! 

The previous time I walked around Imazu there was 1 Black-winged Stilt in a paddy field. A few days later I went back to check and I found 2 in the river nearby.

Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

male and female?

Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

White-cheecked Starling, ムクドリ in Renge, レンゲ flowers (Chinese Milkvetch)

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

First Sunday of April

It should have been the Birders' society meeting wasn't it for Corona. Despite the official cancelation 12 people showed up at the usual meeting point. We walked in small groups and enjoyed the fresh air. 3 Days before the PM declared the state of emergency in Fukuoka

Garganey, シマアジ (3 males, 2 females) telling us migration is full on

Female Greater Scaup, スズガモ (left) and female Tufted Duck, キンクロハジロウ (right) should be leaving soon

Little Grebes, カイツブリ in summer plumage

Just 1 Red-breasted Merganser, ウミアイサ

Dunlins, ハマシギ just a few of the 100+

Bar-tailed Godwit, オオソリハシシギ

Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ

Meadow Bunting, ホウジロ singing his summer serenade

One single Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ in one of the only fields that has a bit of water

Falcated Ducks, ヨシガモ

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Temminck's Stint, オジロトウネン and some more

There were 2 birds in the corner of a field, accompanied by a few Dunlins (no photo) and 2 Little Ringed Plovers.

Little Ringed Plover, コチドリ

Amur White Wagtail, ホオジロセキレイ
There are quite a few out there at the moment

At the mudflats: 1 Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ and 1 Great Knot, オバシギ

Waiting for her mate: Common Kingfisher, カワセミ

Still around: American Wigeon hybrid, アメリカヒドリガモ

Barn Swallows, ツバメ around my place

There is not much nesting activity yet, but I guess it's on the way

In Imazu the last image of a Buff-bellied Pipit, タヒバリ...

... and one of the Penduline Tits, ツリスガラ - a male
I was waiting for them to come out of the reeds, but they are not in a hurry

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Garganey, シマアジ

Close to high tide in the river, 4 males and 2 females

Below in the front: 3 males in the middel and 2 females to the sides

On the wall also. How many?    Look well, there are 2: Male and female

Male Garganey, シマアジ  flapping wings

Between the Eurasian Wigeons, ヒドリガモ one bird with a different face. American DNA?

On the mudflats with the tide rolling in Far-Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ (3 of 6) and a Bar-tailed Godwit, オオソリハシシギ 


Still around: female Hen Harrier, ハイイロチュウヒ 

First of the year: Small Copper, ベニシジミ