Japanese Mt. Goat カモシカ(氈鹿、羚羊)

Keep your eyes peeled for this wonderfully curious mountain goat.  If you can sneak up on it, it will often give you a real staredown. IF…

I often see it with family grazing on steep cliffs/mountainsides.

It makes a pretty cool and strange call/scream/rasp…

I hope you take a pause now and then when you hike.

It’ll give you a chance to listen and perhaps see this wonderful, at one time protected, cool critter!


Japanese Jay (Eurasian Jay) カケス

カケス Garrulus glandarius Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius brandtii is the Japanese species


This colorful Jay has eluded me for quite some time. Was so happy to finally hang out for awhile.  We said good morning and enjoyed the red pine forest for about 10-15 minutes.  Kinda thought his/her nest must be nearby.  Usually very evasive and long gone by the time I arrive at where I spot them.  This kind Jay seemed curious and at ease.


Apparently this is the original ‘jay’ after which all others are named.


Garrulus is Latin for noisy or chattering, and glandarius is “of acorns”, one of its favorite foods.