Tuesday 26 January 2016

Red-breasted Flycatcher

I had a mid-morning drive through the hills into Hyogo today; very little traffic and quite pleasant in the winter sunshine. The aim was to see the returning male Red-breasted Flycatcher I first saw last January.

I've read discussions online as to the wisdom of feeding of rare visitors but it would seem this bird is definitely in favour. I don't think there can be any doubt this is the same individual given the unexpected location and the fact that red-breasted birds are quite rare in Japan, most birds here are first winters. This bird aside I've only ever seen first winters.


  1. Wow, superb photos. Even if it is fed I'd still go and see it (often) if I lived nearby...........

    1. It is a cracking little bird Stuart, and for once I could get shots of a bird I was happy with.

  2. It's a very attractive little bird. I think the feeding debate will go on forever without a definitive answer.

  3. Very true, though as this bird has returned for a second winter I'm sure it approves!