I visited Devon to meet Mr. Aplin, the offspring of Captain Applin, who was based in Yokohama in mid 19th century and taught my great grandfather's grandfather how to ride horses in Western way. It was a "historical moment" as my mother calls it.
I am rather happy to discover that my ancestor had some interesting connection with Britain!
After that terrific meeting, I joined the RSPB Cambridge local group's long weekend trip to south Devon.
We were very pleased to watch some species that can only be found in west side of the country!
Pied Flycatcher （マダラヒタキ）
They sing very similar to the yellowhammer but they don't make it clear if they have cheese or not. Just a little bit of bread.
This is a yellowhammer who clearly doesn't have or like cheese. It was nice to be able to compare the two species.
We saw many many stonechats!
We even spotted a rare one! I knew what it was the minute I saw it flying pass.
The tidal pool seems to be providing lots of food for the heron. We saw it catching something all the time.
We had a long discussion about whether it was a meadow pipit or a tree pipit. We decided it was a tree pipit because it got long streaks on its breast and pale flunk with no dots.