Long-tailed Rosefinch photographed at Toyanogata on April 10, last year, (2010). I really hate the branch behind the bird and if I could be bothered it would be interesting to paint it out using photo software. (I don't like fake wildlife photos).
The cherry blossoms have come out this last week and after some beautiful weather from Monday to Friday, it's storming with thunder and heavy rain for Saturday morning (now). I've been told that many birds such as Blue-and-white Flycatchers haven't made it to Niigata yet (this spring) although someone saw a Long-tailed Rosefinch a week ago.