3 May 2016

Ujihodai #1



Some shots from Yakumo last Saturday................


Near where we parked was an area used for processing seafood. The ground is a mix of sand. silt, mud. rotting seafood and birds**t. It is full of insects and maggots which provided a bonanza for these Red Cheeked Starlings.

The males are beuatiful birds..............which is at odds with the nasty location.







'Uji' is the Japanese word for maggot. 'Hodai' when added to a word means 'unlimited', thus Nomihodai (omu=drink) means 'all you can drink'. Nomihodai was the first Japanese word I learned.











This species looks nice in the cherry blossoms...............not eating a maggot buffet.











8 comments:

  1. Thanks to John for answering my question the other day about these birds. I have never seen them so these photographs certainly give me a better idea of what they look like. Thanks Stuart

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    1. Also known as Violet Backed Starlings.............

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  2. I feed mealworms to American Robins in my backyard. No so different, I guess.

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    1. Your backyard probably smells a lot lot nicer than this place David.............

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  3. They are beauties! Glad that the smell doesn't come through on the blog.

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  4. Magnificent! I shall ignore the maggots....

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    1. Well if the eat more maggots it means fewer flies.......

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