the ever-increasing amount of infrastructure destroys habitats almost
everywhere in Korea and also does not stop in the border area, it is still a
good place to go year-round to see species rare elsewhere in the country. In
the latest short visit to Goseong County in Gangwon-do, at the Northeastern end
of South Korea, a divided county in divided Gangwon province, the highlights
were three kinds of shrikes (Bull-headed shrike, Brown shrike, Tiger shrike)
and three kinds of kingfishers (Common kingfisher, Ruddy kingfisher,
Black-capped kingfisher). In preparation of a trip with students of German
School Seoul International to the border area, a short survey was carried out
on June 25 and the early morning of June 26 along the Seongjongri eco-trail as
well as along the wetlands of Hwajinpo and Ganseong Namcheon in Goseong county.
Kingfishers were heard in five different locations in and around Hwajinpo and
black-capped Kingfisher was seen in Hwajinpo, and Common Kingfishers could be
spotted there as well as in various other locations.
shrikes were seen near the Civilian Control Zone (CCZ) as well as the
shrikes were seen at the Seongjong-ri eco-trail as well as around Hwajinpo.
Yellow bittern was nicely perched on reeds at Namcheon of Ganseong, which,
sadly enough, is more and more surrounded by heavy buildings projects –
apartments from the Ganseong side, and the new over-sized road and bridge
towards the sea.
Chinese Pond Heron was another surprise at Hwajinpo lagoon.
two Brown Dippers were seen in the small stream near Seongjong-Ri
Finally, a Chestnut-cheeked Starling – a rather interesting record (either suggesting an early southward migrating failed breeder; or indicating local breeding; thanks to NM for this identification!)
Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and Birds Korea) The latest in a series of surveys carried out for Gimpo City brought again a nice mix of species. In particular, the following observations were of interest: Black-Faced Spoonbills: … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Maria Seliger On Friday, May 10, on occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day, in Songdo, Incheon the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the EAAFP Secretariat. Among the guests were … read more
Bird news from Choi Hyun-Ah and Bernhard Seliger Our latest survey in Yudo brought a very different species mix than earlier surveys, with most winter visitors gone and migrants and summer visitors flocking in. Out of the thousands of geese … read more
The greatest threat to birds and their habitats is humans – but paradoxically it is only humans that have the means and the creativity to reverse threats, to cope with them and to eventually improve the lot of threatened species. … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (both Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea and Birds Korea) When Koreans talk about the “miracle of the Han River”, they refer to the stellar economic growth catapulting South Korea from being one of the poorest countries … read more
Bird News Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah and Dr. Nial Moores Rice-fields and hills with mixed forests, few human settlements, a fence and then the river – this is the situation along the Han River from the estuary … read more
Going to Goseong always brings joy to see birds which can rarely be seen in South Korea outside of the border area. At the same time, the degradation of the remaining spots untouched by humans is rapidly advancing. The river … read more
A walk from Songdo to Sorae showed that still at least 3000-4000 shorebirds are in the area, among them most numerous Dunlins, Grey plovers, Whimbrels, Bar-tailed godwits, Great knots and Red-necked stints. Also, there were Common sandpipers, Ruddy turnstones, Mongolian … read more
A day of talks with various environmental organizations in Songdo was interrupted by two pleasant short checks at the wetlands of Songdo. On Namdong reservoir, over 75 Black-faced Spoonbills were seen, together with more than 100 Common Shelducks, 50 Eurasian … read more