Saturday, October 21, 2017

October Arrivals

Common Coot

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

October 21, 2017


Not so cold yet, but pretty dull. I'm happy to see all the new arrivals at Hyoko. Some Tundra Swans, but no Whoopers yet.

The usual assortment of common ducks have made their way from the continent in the north. There'll be many more to come in the weeks ahead. Hope they travel well with the typhoon coming our way.

I thought I'd lead off with a Common Coot. They're here for summer too, but I usually look past them. Quite a nice face really.


Common Pochard

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Tundra Swans

and below..



Monday, October 16, 2017

Zen and

Spot-billed Duck

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan


I saw a book advertised in a Birdlife magazine this past summer and I ordered it. It is called "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching - Reflection on Freedom & Being". It was written by Claire Thompson and published by Leaping Hare Press, UK. 

It has some nice ideas and I recommend it. 

I sometimes worry about and, and a bird a day reminds me of where I am. I'm sure many birdos would agree with this book.