The period from January 20th to February 3rd is Daikan (大寒), “Greater Cold” in English, in the Japanese traditional calendar of 24 seasons. In the cold weather I photographed quite a few species of birds within walking distance of my home.

Blue rock-thrush female (Monticola solitarius, イソヒヨドリ)
Blue rock-thrush female (Monticola solitarius, イソヒヨドリ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus, ツグミ)
Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus, ツグミ)
Oriental turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis, キジバト)
Oriental turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis, キジバト)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes, シメ)
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes, シメ)
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata, イカル)
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata, イカル)
Grey-headed lapwing (Vanellus cinereus, ケリ)
Grey-headed lapwing (Vanellus cinereus, ケリ)
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)
Gadwall ducks (Mareca strepera, オカヨシガモ)
Gadwall ducks (Mareca strepera, オカヨシガモ)
Black-faced bunting female (Emberiza spodocephala, アオジ)
Black-faced bunting female (Emberiza spodocephala, アオジ)
Crow (カラス) in flight
Crow (カラス) in flight
Japanese green pheasant (Phasianus versicolo, キジ)
Female Japanese green pheasant (Phasianus versicolo, キジ)
Rustic Bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus,  カシラダカ)
Rustic bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus, カシラダカ)
Japanese bush-warbler (Horornis diphone cantans, ウグイス)
Japanese bush-warbler (Horornis diphone cantans, ウグイス)
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus, モズ)
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus, モズ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ) in flight
Daurian redstart female (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ)
Daurian redstart female (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ)
Meadow bunting (Emberiza cioides cioide, ホオジロ)
Meadow bunting (Emberiza cioides cioide, ホオジロ)
Rustic bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus,  カシラダカ)
Rustic bunting (Schoeniclus rusticus, カシラダカ)
Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo, カワウ)
Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo, カワウ) in flight
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
White wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens, ハクセキレイ)
Japanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis, セグロセキレイ)
Japanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis, セグロセキレイ)
Oriental greenfinch (Chloris sinica, カワラヒワ, 河原鶸 )
Oriental greenfinch (Chloris sinica, カワラヒワ, 河原鶸 ) along the path to Takano Shrine in Ritto City (滋賀県 栗東市 高野神社)
Oriental greenfinch (Chloris sinica, カワラヒワ, 河原鶸 )
Oriental greenfinch (Chloris sinica, カワラヒワ, 河原鶸 )
Daurian redstart male (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ)
Daurian redstart male (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ)
Daurian redstart male (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ)
Daurian redstart male (Phoenicurus auroreus, ジョウビタキ) in Takano, Ritto City
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus, モズ)
Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus, モズ)
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ)
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ) at Tenmangu (天満宮) Shrine in Tsuji, Ritto City
Pygmy woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki, コゲラ)
Pygmy woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki, コゲラ)
Pygmy woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki, コゲラ)
Pygmy woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki, コゲラ)

See more photos in my Flickr photostream or one of my albums.

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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  1. They are winter gems, and gems all year round. I saw and heard skylarks in the sky this morning. Spring is coming, or due to dramatic changes in the weather…

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