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Birds of Japan
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swans to pheasants...eagles and hawks, sparrows and colorful little songbirds,
the families of birds represented in Western Japan reflect the diversity of
the pristine mountains that surround the little villages.
cities have a designated official bird, flower and tree. They are included on
the welcome signs as one enters the central city. This pheasant-like bird feeds
on the many rice paddies in the area.
large hawks are seen across the towns and countryside.These large hawks make
lazy circles in the sky -- just like their American cousins. They are an accepted
part of this rural "edge" habitat that is rapidly turning rice and
truck farming land into suburban homesteads. The valleys are very densely developed
in the residential areas, but extensive garden and farming areas exist on the
outer edges of the towns. Almost all homes had personal gardens with fruit trees
in their back yards, and some families rent additional garden space in these
feeders were very rare. This feeder roof was located at the Museum of Tools.
It reminded me of a Conastoga wagon, and was designed to allow a shallow tray
of food to be slipped into the covered platform feeder. One local who loves
wildlife replied to my question about birdfeeding "We have so many loose
cats that I don't feed birds any longer -- it made me feel as though I was preparing
a buffet for the cats."
seemed that all public buildings had ponds with huge koi and goldfish in them.
At the Black Castle, the migrating ducks and cranes were as fascinated by these
large fish as the people were! A couple birds even tried to make a meal out
of the fish...but they were too quick and big for that fate!
Japan has pigeons, too. And they love to eat popcorn on the city park walkways.
One large eagle swooped down to this flock of pigeons and I cringed, expecting
the worst...but he was really interested in the abundant supply of popcorn the
visitors were tossing to the pigeons! Little Kent wasn't quite sure it was safe
around all these birds!
was a pleasant surprise to discover that swans migrate between Siberia and Japan. This
migratory visitor is honored in one town with huge sculptures and festivals.
These swans were on the moat around the Black Castle, and as you can see in
the photos, the koi are almost as large as the swans -- and quite content to
swim beside these majestic visitors.
hold special significance in Japanese tradition. They are a symbol of peace. The Buddhist temples were graced
with sculptures of these elegant birds. After World War II, the monks were so
desperate for food and supplies that they sold some of their sculptures to European
visitors, and the move is underway to locate these national treasures and bring
Kuwata is a nature interpreter, and gives tours of the mountains in Karuizawa,
a popular holiday destination by residents and visitors of Tokyo. He is an avid
birdwatcher and yearns to come to the U.S. to do some birdwatching. His love
of the outdoors is shared by his wife, Atsumi, and they take frequent trips
into nature to enjoy their native wonders.
egret was hungry and tried diligently, though unsuccessfully, to dine on the
koi in this castle moat. Many of the koi were larger than the bird...note the large
orange fish in the lower right corner of the photo.
techniques were observed being used to keep birds away from the bounty of this
very fruit oriented agricultural region. In the mornings, loud hydraulic powered
"poppers" were activated to chase the birds away. In many orchards
strips of black plastic, and elegantly dressed scarecrows were used to chase
away winged critters.
not all bird sitings were pleasant. This real "scarecrow" gave its
life to keep other birds away from the rice paddy.
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