Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 3, 2010

Hanami at Highcliff Nab

Highcliff Nab dominates the local skyline and looks down upon the town below, which is coloured by cherry blossom this time of year.

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Hanami (花見) is the tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of the cherry blossom flowers on the trees, often with a picnic with friends. Wiki says “the teasing proverb dumplings rather than flowers (花より団子 hana yori dango) hints at the real priorities for most cherry blossom viewers, meaning that people are more interested in the food and drinks accompanying a Hanami party than actually viewing the flowers themselves.”

But the flowers speak for themselves.

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Prunus serrulata

Instead of people gathering to eat beneath the cherry trees, in Cafe Twitch the birds gather as the lawn is covered with food for them.

Balckbirds make straight for the maggots.

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They also manage to bring their own food to the feast.

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Starlings also join in the party.

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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

A favourite visitor of mine to Cafe Twitch are Song Thrushes.

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Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

A Collared Dove makes its way down to see if there’s any scraps left for it.

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

The smaller birds have to wait ther moment to sneak in a morsel from all these larger birds. House Sparrows fly down for their meal.

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Robins are our last guest. Being the smallest, they wait their turn in the tree above the lawn.

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They are very quick once they spot their chance for a snack, darting in and out.

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)


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