Saturday 28 December 2013

More Birds (& some extras) in Karuizawa


A Meadow Bunting (Hoojiroホオジロ) was quietly foraging on his own in the garden of our B&B.
I'd never observed a meadow bunting so closely, as when we saw them before, they were always in the shrubs... He looks like a Kabuki actor around his eyes!
It'd snowed a bit during the night,
 which left someone's trace...
 The temperature plummeted to below zero and the lake by the station was frozen...
A White Wagtail (Hakusekireiハクセキレイ) was dancing on ice:) 

better than the people in the show, no doubt!

A big flock of Japanese Grosbeaks (Ikaruイカル) were moving busily from one tree top to another. 

A Varied Tit (Yamagaraヤマガラ) found a feeder full of fat in the garden of our B&B. 

So did the Great Tits (Shijuukaraシジュウカラ).

None of
Coal Tits 

Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Akageraアカゲラ),

or Nuthatches 

turned up near the feeders.

Our first Nathatch in Japan!

We really had a great holiday in Karuizawa, at the bottom of this awesome Asama-yama.

The birds we encountered during the stay were:
Spot-billed Duck (Karugamoカルガモ), Mallard (Magamoマガモ), Tufted Duck (Kinkurohajiroキンクロハジロ), Pochard (Hoshihajiroホシハジロ), Oriental Turtle Dove (Kijibatoキジバト), Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ), Coot (Oobanオオバン), Black-eared Kite (Tobiトビ), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Kogeraコゲラ), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Akageraアカゲラ), Thick-billed Crow (Hashibutogarasuハシブトガラス), Carrion Crow (Hashibosogarasuハシボソガラス), Goldcrest (Kikuitadakiキクイタダキ), Willow Tit (Kogaraコガラ), Varied Tit (Yamagaraヤマガラ), Coal Tit (Higaraヒガラ), Eastern Great Tit (Shijuukaraシジュウカラ), Brown-eared Bulbul (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ), Long-tailed Tit (Enagaエナガ), Nuthatch (Gojuukaraゴジュウカラ), Wren (Misosazaiミソサザイ), Brown Dipper (Kawagarasuカワガラス), Dusky Thrush (Tsugumiツグミ), Japanese Accentor (Kayakuguriカヤクグリ), Grey Wagtail (Kisekireiキセキレイ), Japanese Wagtail (Segurosekireiセグロセキレイ), White Wagtail (Hakusekireiハクセキレイ), Brambling (Atoriアトリ), Oriental Greenfinch (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ), Long-tailed Rosefinch (Benimashikoベニマシコ), Bullfinch (Usoウソ), Japanese Grosbeak (Ikaruイカル), Meadow Bunting (Hoojiroホオジロ), Rustic Bunting (Kashiradakaカシラダカ), Chinese Hwamei (Gabichoガビチョウ)

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