8 March 2013
So ends another week of crappy weather, the snow is now slush (which refreezes at night) and daytime temps are well above zero (no long underwear necessary this week).
This lone Bohemian Waxwing was in the park near my flat yesterday afternoon. It came to ground pretty close but the light was just awful (in fact it was raining)..
On other local blogs there quite a few pictures of Bohemian Waxwing a couple of weeks ago but they never appeared in my part of town. I guess this is a straggler................I had a longish walk this afternoon but couldn't find this individual or any other waxwings anywhere.
Whilst I was photographing the Waxwing an odd looking young chap came over and asked what I was doing. I pointed out the waxwing in the tree. He then got out his Police ID and started questioning me! My name, where I lived, why I was in Japan etc. He took my ID and called in the station to do a check. He said that 'warui hito' ('bad people') sometimes came to this park to take drugs.................this was news to me, I've never seen any Japanese person taking drugs in this or any other park in my 13+ years here.
Luckily my Japanese isn't strong enough to attempt a little sarcastic banter ("yeah sorry officer I left my drugs at home today"). I was the only person in the park and it was knee deep in melting snow and I had a camera with a big expensive lens.................how did he come to the conclusion I was up to no good?
Weirdly he then started asking me how I liked Japan and if it was colder in England................
The Bullfinches relocated to another street, one a bit more difficult to take photos on as it is fairly busy with big banks of meting snow under the trees. These photos were taken a couple of days ago in a brief window of sunnyish weather.
Not much else about. Goosander, a couple of Goldcrests in the pine trees, a flyover Peregrine, a few Dusky Thrush and Daurian Redstart...................
Freezing temps and snow forecast to return tomorrow with blizzards on Sunday..................looks like another quiet weekend.
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