Saturday Afternoon Update

Today started out quite cold, but this afternoon it’s very comfortable outside. No heaters on in my house. I just got back from a bike ride along the Nakagawa under blue skies.

Mon and Monta are safely back from the vet after getting their fall nail clipping. They seem to have reach an accommodation over possession of the nest. As you know, they have been squabbling every time Mon entered, with Monta going in and throwing her out. I don’t think they got physical, but Mon always lost. So during egg laying time I had been separating them.

This month, Mon seems to have found the will to refuse to be kicked out and instead Monta left the nest to play on his swing. Mon stayed in the nest and laid her egg and relaxed there. Sometimes Monta would sit by the nest and peer in, but they have stopped fighting over it.

And there is a second nest in the cage if Monta really wants one.

Sometimes Mon leaves the nest and Monta goes in and sits on the eggs. And then Mon will return and take over. So I think they finally figured out how to get along.

Of course the eggs are probably all still infertile. I’ve never seen them doing whatever birds do to create babies. The species would definitely go extinct if it was up to these two.

And that’s the exciting news from Katsushika, Tokyo this Saturday.


Not a bridge too far

I decided to go past the “end of the road” on the path along the Nakagawa and see what was past the river’s end, that small park in the photo.


If I zig-zag a bit around that small park, I first come a an ordinary road with no traffic. A short way’s past that you can get back on a bike path along the Shin-Nakagawa. And it’s quite a nice ride. Down by the river there is a lot of wide, green space and kids were out playing. The bike path itself is wider than along the Nakagawa, and people were strolling with their dogs, and it was generally very pleasant.

I got to a bridge and looked around and saw a landmark I knew, so was able to turn there and head home past Life supermarket, and then repeat my course a bit and head on to Maruetsu for shopping.

I see on the map in the link below that if I had gone on to the next bridge, that would have been Kuramaebashi Dori, which leads back to Shinkoiwa station.

Workout: Road Cycling
Date: Apr 1, 2013
Distance: 8.73 km
Duration: 42:39
Calories burned: 344

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