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Bull-Headed Shrike

October 15th, 2005

And the Japan Life List (photographed) gets to 77. I went down to the river not expecting to get much, and my expectations were met–a ton of Tree Sparrows, a few Great Tits, two common Spot-billed Ducks, one Egret, some Crows and Bulbuls, and a few Wagtails. Very pedestrian. But then a bird flew into a nearby tree and nearly posed for me, and I could see from its size and basic shape that it was probably something new–and it was. It’s not too rare a bird, but it’s the first time I have seen the Bull-headed Shrike (Mozu • モズ).


Here’s another one of the same bird, deeper in the tree. If you click on it, there’s a 1000-pixel-wide blowup.


At first, I thought it was a Brown Shrike (harder to tell from behind), but there’s a very small white spot on its wing which tells the difference.

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  1. Peter
    October 16th, 2005 at 22:09 | #1

    Just found your page and have loved reading the “Bird Watching” reports. While I’ve been in Japan for several years now, I have only just recently found the time to return to this wonderful hobby. In Australia I was bird bander, and also once worked as a warden at the remote “Eyre Bird Observatory” in Western Australia. Look forward to reading more on your site!

  2. Luis
    October 16th, 2005 at 22:12 | #2

    Thanks! Good to hear that. Let me know if you find any good watching spots! Do you live in the Tokyo area?

  3. Peter
    October 16th, 2005 at 22:36 | #3

    Live in Kanagawa. Work in Tokyo. Will report on any good spots I find :)

  4. frances
    March 17th, 2007 at 21:01 | #4

    I have lived in Japan quite a few years and have just taken up bird-watching. I love your site…and look forward to coming back often.

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