I have a new friend name "Jyo". He's a bird. Normally, I bark at birds and chase them off of our fruit trees, but this one is kind of cute and comes to visit by himself, so I leave him alone. Jyo eats insects that he catches in flight, so he's good to have around, though in winter he is more likely to be eating the red berries on the bush in front of our door.
Pandabonium says he is a Daurian Redstart which is fairly common in East Asia (though Pandabonium and K hadn't seen one before). In Japan they are known as jyo-bitaki (ジョウビタキ). You can tell he is a male by his coloring. He's pretty trusting and sometimes lands right on my house!
He must live nearby because I see him every day. Pandabonium says he'll just be around for the winter and will fly north to Siberia in the spring sometime, which is too bad. But I'm sure glad I don't have to migrate like that. Imagine traveling that far twice a year without an airplane or ship to carry you - just flapping those little wings! I like staying in one place. Anyway, I'll enjoy seeing him this winter and I hope he comes back next year.