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, 14 March 2019

First waders of this year

After 2 weeks of changeable weather with lots of wind from the north and the south and several rainy days waders were bound to be on the move, so I went in search to the fields.

Bar-tailed Godwit, オオソリハシシギ and sleeping Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ , 1 of 2

  Far-Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ  with Mew Gull, カモメ

One more  Far-Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ  with Common Shelduck, ツクシガモ 
(Did not want to wake up)

Mew Gull, カモメ with Great Cormorant, カワウ

1 Spotted Redshank, ツルシギ

with about 20 Little Ringed Plovers, コチドリ

Here also a Little Ringed Plover, コチドリ. Just 1

1 Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

Great Crested Grebe, カンムリカイツブリ in summer plumage 夏羽

March birds, 色々

Just a compilation of the first 2 weeks of this month

Common Starling, ホシムクドリ 4 birds

Common Reed Bunting, オオジュリン

Common Snipe, タシギ

Red-breasted Mergansers, ウミアイサ


Little Grebes, カイツブリ

winter and summer plumage, 冬羽と夏羽

In spring the Spoonbills get these funny punky hairdo's. Good on windy days
Eurasian Spoonbill, ヘラサギ left and Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ right

Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ

Dunlins, ハマシギ

Gadwall, オカヨシガモ

A Black-crowned Night Heron, ゴイサギ decided to come out of hiding for a while There seem to be 12 birds

Migrators will start coming soon!

March Raptors

ダイサービス from an Eastern Buzzard, ノスリ

Climbed the hill to see these Eurasian Sparrowhawks, ハイタカ

Peregrine Falcon, ハヤブサ

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hikosan, 英彦山

In early spring we like to visit Mt. Hiko, or Hikosan. However the floods of 2 years ago made it too difficult for a while since many roads were closed and even today a part of the area is barred off. We saw enormous mounts of rubble covering everything in the valey. It will take a long time to clean that all up. As Jaap made his way to the top I hung around to find wings and things

Chinese Hwamei, ガブチョウ

Japanese Grosbeak, イカル
Can you find more than 21 birds?

Ryukyu Ashy Minivet, リュウキュウサンショウクイ

Bullfinch, ウソ

Seriba Oren  Coptis japonica (Thunb.) Makino var. major  セリバオウレン 

Didn't see any deer this time, but found one skeleton