Long-tailed tit (エナガ) with cocoon

On February 24, 2018, a long-tailed tit (エナガ) struggled to remove insect cocoon material from the left side of its head, neck, and wing. A sequence of photographs shows how the bird rubbed itself against a branch to escape from the material.

Birds & Plum Blossoms in Risshun (立春)

The two-week period of February 4-18 marks the beginning of spring, Risshun (立春) in the traditional Japanese calendar of 24 seasons. In southern Shiga Prefecture winter birds are still here, often hiding in bushes and trees as raptors patrol the skies. Sparrows are active in fields, and great cormorants return to local colonies. Pink and […]

Winter Birds in Daikan (大寒)

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

Birds in Altered Habitats

In early January, 2019, I visited several of my favorite places to see wild birds. All of these locations have been heavily altered by human activity. Here in Ritto City farmers have been preparing fields for spring planting. Often we can see birds in freshly cultivated fields. Tree sparrows feed in and around fields and […]

New Year’s Day 2019

On January 1, 2019, I took an early afternoon walk to Yasugawa (野洲川) here in Ritto City (滋賀県 栗東市). Along the road many Eurasian tree sparrows (スズメ) appeared in trees and bushes. Several white wagtails (ハクセキレイ) were in a field, and one was hopping along the river. A beautiful grey wagtail (キセキレイ) appeared briefly and […]