The final bird I identified on Saturday February 28 was the Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis). It is very well known bird in Japan, having the name, Hiyodori. I didn’t notice the call, but I read where it is one of the “sounds of Japan” and I will be listening for it. It has been described as nasal or gravelly. “Bulbul” is the Persian word for nightingale, but in English it refers to a different family of 136 different species. Brown-eared refers to the rufous face patch.
They are found throughout Japan, Korea and coastal China. They are a common bird of parks and gardens.