honey suckle

honey suckle

30.11.14

BIRDS IN THE GARDEN (メジロとジョウビタキ)

I found a bird at a persimmon tree in the evening.  The bird, a Japanese white-eye, was eating a persimmon that is the last one left on the tree.  I took pictures because it was so cute.

The Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, Mejiro) is olive green on its back and is pale green on its underside.   It has a green forehead and a yellow throat.  Its wings are dark brown, but outlined in green.  It exhibits the distinctive white eyering that gives it its name (mejiro also meaning "white eye" in Japanese). Adults range from 4 to 4.5 inches in length, and weigh between 9.75 and 12.75 grams.  It is very popular in Japan.


The persimmon tree with only one fruit.

It is stretching its neck to eat persimmon.  



Another bird came to our garden in that evening.  It was a Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus Pallas).  It often visit our garden in winter.  It has an outstanding large white wing patch.  Its song is also characteristic and we can easily recognize it.


On a branch of Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk'
On a net frame bar at blueberry trees
It is a fun to look at wild birds when we are in our garden.  They are cute and their songs make us calm.



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