March 20, 2007

ICU campus, Mitaka (March 21st)

(photo 1)

We went to see if any morel mushrooms grow at a spot in the ICU campus in our neighborhood. It has not been raining for a while, so they are still small, but it is earlier than usual. We found Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire) here and there, but it is still too early for cherry blossoms. We found also some Gentiana zollingeri (Fude Rindou) plants with buds, however it needs more time to bloom. At the research forest we saw a waxwing, probably Bohemian Waxwing (photo 4). Lots of birds seemed to be hiding in the bush there. Magnolia kobus (Kobushi) is now at the peak.

The flowers found today:
Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire, photo 2)
Gentiana zollingeri (Fude Rindou, their buds aren't open yet.)
Magnolia kobus (Kobushi, photo 5)
Spiraea thunbergii (Yuki Yanagi, photo 1)
Erigeron philadelphicus (Harujion, photo 3)
Mazus miquelii (Murasaki Sagigoke)
Veronica persica (Oo Inu no Fuguri)
Anemone flaccida

*We also found some Morel mushrooms.

近 所のICU(国際基督教大学)のキャンパスは思いがけずいろいろな植物を見つけることができるので、度々覗かせていただいています。今日は、キレンジャ クらしき野鳥も見ることができました。フデリンドウのつぼみはまだ固そうで、花開くのはもう少し先のようです。桜もあと一週間くらいは少なくともかかりそ うです。コブシの花が、そこここで見ごろを迎えていました。

(photo 2)

(photo 3)

(photo 4, hardly identical...)

(photo 5)

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