Flowering Weeds in Early Spring

In March and April the Japanese countryside comes to life as weeds appear along fields and streams, anywhere with soil. Some of these plants are known for medicinal properties, and some are gathered as food. Most are ignored or cut down. This year I'm trying to learn the names of flowering weeds as they appear [...]

Crows along Yasugawa

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, I was cycling down the north bank of Yasugawa when I heard some noisy crows perched in nearby trees. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/crows-in-ichimiyake When I ride my touring bike, I carry a small audio recorder and microphones. For this recording I used a Sony PCM-M10 recorder and Clippy Stereo EM172 mics by FEL [...]

Japanese Wagtail

On January 25, 2018, I saw a Japanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis, セグロセキレイ) in a small irrigation canal. The bird's injured right foot did not prevent it from actively foraging in the shallow water as light snow fell. In addition to several video clips, I took a few still photos of the bird. The plowed fields [...]