It is always exciting to spot the first wintering ducks in the pond and it is usually the teals who arrive first.
Who will be the next, I wonder.
In the woods, the number of Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ) is increasing day by day. Although these bulbuls are a resident bird in Chiba, some of them head south at this time of year - people often see them in a big flock flying over a narrow body of water like a strait between the mainland Japan and small off-shore islands, others arrive from somewhere else to winter here.
It is still quite warm every day but fun to look for little signs of autumn near ourselves.