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, 6 April 2021

April 4th in Imazu, Pied Avocet, ソリハシセイタカシギ

 The weather was bad. Constant rain and wind. The WBSJ meeting was cancelled, but a small group walked the course and took notes. This time of year something unusual can be expected. Sure enough, there it was:

Pied Avocet, ソリハシセイタカシギ

At first we saw something different among the Egrets and Spoonbills. Because of the rain with our bino's wet and fogged up it was very hard to see. 

Intermediate Egret, チュウサギ has arrived

Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホオアカ in the purple flowers of  Milkvetch, レンゲソウ. The only bit of color on this grey grey day

Garganey, シマアジ

After lunch it cleared a bit. At the lotus pond were many Common Snipes, タシギ

Another Snipe flew in and sent the others flying. It stayed only a few seconds, then disappeared in the growth.

It looked slightly bigger, had a different posture and lighter markings on the breast. The head had a different shape as well. Swinhoe's Snipe, チュウジシギ I think. But I have no confidence with snipes

There was the first wader: Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

An Eastern Buzzard, ノスリ sent all small birds in cover. Time to finish.

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