Furiously searching for the camomile

On the way to Inokashira Park this morning, I made friends with a bird. I found it perched on a branch above the Kanda river, it looked furious, as if violently awoken.  Its agitated head, the size of a table tennis ball, topped with a spiky tuft of bed hair, did not stop moving, relentlessly scanning the riverbank. It was urgently searching for something, but it did not seem to know what.

The bird was a hiyodori (a brown-eared bulbur).  Watching it perform was magical.  Its stress levels were comically high; if any bird needs a cup of camomile and a couch, it is this one.

The hiyodori was the first not-found-in-Devon bird, I have learnt to recognise in Tokyo. They are fairly futsu (common); hiyodori have lived in Tokyo since the 1970`s; before then they were migratory and only visited in the winter.

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(Can birds really give up migrating?  Did postwar decadence in Japan even extend to the bird life?)

This relocation perhaps explains the hiyodori`s agitation; he hasn`t settled in yet.

I could sympathise.  I am often confused as to why I am in Tokyo.  And like the hiyodori, I sometimes feel like I am urgently searching for something, but I don`t know what.  So I am just living urgently.

That`s enough birdtalk for now.  My blog posts seem to be getting increasingly random and unpredictable recently, as if I cannot look at the same subject for more than a minute.  I have a short attention span.  Perhaps if a brown-eared bulbur were to write a blog, this is what it would look like.  Perhaps if……..No, I`ll leave it at that.

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Read about another foreigner falling for the hiyodori here.

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