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Ordinary Birds [平凡な鳥たち]

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There is a larch wound by a wisteria in my tiny backyard. Both are Japanese native trees, about 13 and 10 years old and both grown from seedings. Maybe young soft buds of the larch are very tasty for pigeons, otherwise this bird is eating insects that live in the twig.[note 1]

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↑Adult ♂ bird  ↓Chick♂/♀(1-2 weeks)

The black bird may be nummber1 in Europian birds population ranking , you see it in every Europian corners. A bird is now singing on a twig under pigeons's point as you recognige. In a case if the same individual in next picture that was born here in my hedge, it is possible to learn difference between male en female by means of such young/baby-bird. Because this singing bird is the male. Indeed it sings cheerfully own songs as Japanese name "Black singing bird". Yet no idea wether only male birds can sing or not.[note 2]


Three pretty birds in an image above ↑ are spparows, I think. On our time of childhood there were a plenty of them, however hardly seen nowadays. "Passer montanus" is its scientific name. The Passer represents of Order:Passeriformes, Family:Passeridae, and Genus:Passer. Probably a kind that is linked with Passer would be most loved by humankind. The robin, one of passer has been chosen no.1 as the favourite Britain bird last year. [note 3]

I appreciate these ordinary birds although bird-fan and birdwatchers mention often a lot of beautiful and special birds that ordinary people doesn't know. I'm afraid of my poor knowledge about birds except Washi, tonbi, hato, and Suzume (respectively Eagle=Arend, Kite, Dove=pigeon and Sparrow).[note 4]


At last Egyptian goose, also called Nile/African goose. They live in a small pond nearby my huis which is not good enough but allows for only a couple with a few new children. The native African was immigrated to Europe since Napoleon time. That's why they became an ordinary birds as an unordinary feature.
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1. Larch and Wisteria story : Larix en Blauwe regen : カラマツとノダフジの物語 ↓

2. Black bird : クロウタドリ kuro-uta-dori in Japanese. Merel in Dutch, often name for girls.
3. Robin (Erithacus rubecula): European robin or Robin redbreast. Roodborst in Dutch. 欧州駒鳥
Robin is voted as nummber one for the UKs national bird klein
it was voted as nummber one for the UK's national bird in 2016 as well as 1960

4. Washi:鷲 Tonbi:鳶 Hato:鳩 Suzume:雀

5. The African goose was introduced to Europa from the area along river Nile. It might be known centuries as a knowledge before transport of real birds. For example a Dutch animalier painter Melchior d'Hondecoeter depicted the bird exactly with realism as if he studied at zoo many unknown strange birds. A tableau ↓ painted in c.1680 ordered by Willem Ⅲ and Mary.

Nile goose stands right side, opposite the white pelican
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Melchior d'Hondecoeter (c.1636 – 1695), "Het drijvende veertje" (The Floating Feather)
oil on canvas, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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Victor Westhoff(1916-2001)碑文Hij observeertからのHNを本名と苗字に先立つ屋号に変更。ウエストホフは生物フローラの相互生息環境を丹念に観察したBiotop概念の先駆者。ザザーッとフィールドを歩きつつ、こぼれ見える外史/雑人/雑草の風景


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