Olive-backed pipits

About year ago, at the beginning of 2015, I learned the name of some greenish birds I’d been seeing each winter for several decades: olive-backed pipits, ビンズイ (binzui) in Japanese. Each winter they come to the woods in Yasugawa Sports Park near my home.

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni, ビンズイ)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni, ビンズイ)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni, ビンズイ)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni, ビンズイ)

Woods in Yasugawa Sports Park

As you can see on the map if you zoom out, this is a noisy location, with nearby car and truck traffic, the Shinkansen and JR Biwako line trains, quite a lot of light industry, and a cement plant with a rock crusher than runs on weekdays.

Considering all the sources of noise, it’s quite peaceful in the woods. A few people walk here and have picnics when it gets warmers, but most people use the busy path that runs along the Yasugawa riverbank. Usually the birds have the woods to themselves.

Mikamiyama from woods in Ritto City

Mikamiyama from woods in Ritto City

Mikamiyama from woods in Ritto City

Other small birds should appear soon. I’m looking forward to seeing greenfinches, tree sparrows, and maybe even tits and woodpeckers if I’m very lucky.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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