I saw flowers of flowering quince are now blooming. The flowers are so cute. Spring is surely coming, Japanese name of this flower is "Boke". Scientific name is Chaenomeles speciosa. According to Wikipedia, Chaenomeles is derived from "Chaino (open) " and "melon (apple)". It is native to China, but Japanese imported it more than 1000 years ago.
今日、庭にある私が作った池を見てみたら、びっくり。ヒキガエルの卵がたくさんありました。これまでぜんぜん気がつきませんでした。春が近づいて、卵が成熟しはじめて、色がついたから見えるようになったからでしょうか？もうすぐ新しい生命が溢れる春ですね。ちなみにヒキガエルの英語のcommon name はJapanese common toad。学名は、Bufo japonicus。日本固有種だそうです。
Today, I found hundreds of eggs of Japanese common toad, which is endemic in Japan, in one of my ponds. I was so surprised, because I did not see anything like this during the winter. I think that since spring is coming, eggs are now getting mature and got a black color (tadpoles of this frog is black). So it is easy to see now. My pond is not so big. I may need to move some of tadpoles to somewhere. Japanese name of this flog is Hikigaeru, and scientific name of this flog is Bufo japonicus.
I worked today (Sunday) again. Recently, I haven't had any day off. These days, I have seen a cute bird with white eye blow and orange wings at garden of my institute. Today, I brought my camera and took pictures of the bird. The bird name is Dusky Thrush. Its scientific name is Turdus naumanni. The bird stay North such as Siberia in summer and comes to Japan only winter. That's why I did not see the bird in summer. Japanese name of this bird is Tsugumi. The noun, "Tsugumi", was derived from a verb "Tsugumu", which means "keep silent", since this bird rarely sing.