Early Usui

February 19-23 marks the first third of the traditional Japanese season RainwaterUsui (雨水). Winter birds remain active, often seen perched in trees, and small wildflowers appear, adding a little color along fields. Here and there pink and white plum blossoms brighten the countryside.

Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus, ツグミ)
Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus, ツグミ)
Brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis, ヒヨドリ)
Brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis, ヒヨドリ)
Emerging plum blossoms
Plum blossoms
Japanese tit (Parus minor, シジュウカラ)
Japanese tit (Parus minor, シジュウカラ)
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ) and Japanese tit (Parus minor, シジュウカラ)
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ)
Brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis, ヒヨドリ)
Brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis, ヒヨドリ)
White-cheeked starling (Sturnus cineraceus, ムクドリ)
White-cheeked starling (Sturnus cineraceus, ムクドリ)
Oriental Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia orientalis, キジバト)
Oriental turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis, キジバト)
Henbit dead-nettle flowers (Lamium amplexicaule, ホトケノザ)
Henbit dead-nettle flowers (Lamium amplexicaule, ホトケノザ)