27 March 2013

Meet the Locals #4

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(Well it's been another very quiet week so some shots from the archives again).

Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina). All the pictures here are of males.

Another east Asian speciality not so well known to foreign birders, this is one of the most attractive summer visitors to Japan. It is endemic to east Asia, breeding in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and the far east of Russia. It winters is SE Asia.

This is the only breeding Ficedula species in Japan (although several others do occur as scarce passage visitors or vagrants). The nominate race is the one we see in Hokkaido. Other subspecies occur both in mainland Asia and also on some Japanese subtropical islands.

They start to arrive in south Hokkaido in late April and by early May they are a regular passage visitor to the parks in Hakodate.............

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Sometimes they look a little worn.........

Narcissus Flycatcher

They buzz around catching all kinds of creepy crawlies.

Narcissus Flycatcher

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They set up temporary territories and their loud warbling song can be heard in several of the local parks..........

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By the middle of May they stop passing through but are one of the commonest birds in woodland habitats like that in  Onuma during summer. As the forest thickens they stay in the treetops and you can hear them singing all over the forest. Thay are tricky to see from mid June onwards and I leave the woods to the mosquitoes.

I don't have any pics at all of the female..........but basically they are dull brownish looking birds that resemble the hordes of Asian Brown Flycatchers that pass through at the same time and in the same habitat.

Although they are a common spring sight I only see a few in autumn, I have no idea why that should be................perhaps they migrate earlier when the foliage is still thick and I'm on the beach pestering waders.


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13 comments:

  1. Fabulous bird with some eye catching imagery in the post, love the detail and lighting, cracking post Stu, cheers.
    Dave

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  2. Gorgeous colors and a beautiful bird! Wonderful photos!

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  3. I think I can forgive the archive mining! What great birds (I had a look at the other post as well)

    I wonder if you ever get fed up of seeing a bird like this?

    Cheers and thanks for lining to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. Wow this is a beautiful bird Stu and I wonder if I would see that one in South Korea, I doubt....

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    1. You're going to Korea? Great.

      A similar looking species (Yellow Rumped Flycatcher) is in Korea I think........

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  5. Yet another new bird for me! Thank you for sharing your superb quality images!

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  6. Stunning colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. I remember some of these first time round - quite happy to see them again. Fantastic - I think any Ficedula is a good bird (last one I saw was the Atlas Fly that wasn't at Flamborough last year).
    Just been shown some pics by someone I know who had a trip to Japan recently - I will get there one day!

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    1. Hi Stuart well you know where I am if you ever come this way...........

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  8. Hello Stuart!
    What a lovely post and a gorgeous looking birds!
    Your shot are stunning! He did put up quite a show for you and you didn't miss one bit!
    Cheers!

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  9. Thanks for all the comments..........

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  10. Stunning collection of pictures Stu. I know I'm looking forward to the coming months for this very subject. I never tire of them and only want to improve my encounters. This is a wonderful post.

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