|Hashibutogarasu, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo, Japan|
We were staying near Shibuya so Meiji Jingu made sense for my first early morning excursion. I brought my son back later in the morning to view the June Iris Festival in the inner garden. It was raining, sometimes in torrents.
The woods of Meiju Jingu are perfect for tits (known locally as kara) and other forest birds, such as mejiro (white-eyes) and komadori (Japanese robin). They were not so good during my walk for photographs of small birds. Here is a diagnostically effective but crazy bad photo of a yamagara (varied tit), a bird that is normally only encountered in the mountains.
Here's a set of recordings from the Meiji Jingu/Yoyogi area (some from the following morning)
After Meiji Jingu we took the train down to Meguro to visit Bird Plaza (more about that next time). It was still rather early so my son and I strolled through the National Park for Nature Study (or Kokuritsu Shizen Kyōikuen). A combination arboretum and wildlife sanctuary, the park offers views of a variety of indigenous trees, some enormous and old. It seems to be a favorite of retirees, judging from the people we encountered.
|Momiji in June|
A small pond provided the promise of bird sightings. It was raining hard by this point and we were hungry and tired so we didn't take advantage. We did hear a lot of mejiro (and crows) during our walk.
|Aodaishou (Japanese Rat Snake)|
After lunch at the wonderful Fukuraya, where I had the most delicious curry rice ever (on brown rice, no less), it was time for Bird Plaza.