The weather forecast was for a dramatic overnight fall in temperatures and a fine and sunny day. I wondered if the cold snap would bring in a few birds so I toddled off to the local patch after breakfast. My first bird was Red-flanked Bluetail. Yawn. Then I heard a bunting but could not see it for ages. Suddenly it popped up – Little Bunting. Better. Then a rattling noise. Vaguely like an old football rattle. I checked rather unnecessarily with my new app toy and it confirmed that this was Red-throated Flycatcher. Good. This was my first view. Rather distant. We then started to play cat and mouse as I tried to get closer and RTF tried to stop me. Eventually I managed a couple of slightly better shots. The dark background is decent enough and there is a catchlight in the eye but I would have liked a little more light on the bird itself. Not too much to blow out the highlights but just a soupçon more. Some of the detail is almost lost against the surroundings. Of course unlike the bird I posted earlier this one does not have a red throat. I think males and females are pretty alike in winter. So that was a good way to while away half an hour. A Daurian Redstart bobbed in front of me as I wandered back towards the car. And home I came. I hope you like this Taiga Flycatcher.