Birds news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member)
On the whole, a very frustrating morning in Paju – construction at Gongneungchong not only made the newly-bridged area completely devoid of bird, but also affected all rice fields around, which before had been used by waders, rooted out all the trees even far from the construction site, to make space on a dam otherwise used only by promenaders for large construction trucks constantly coming along the dam, led to the leveling of dozens of rice fields there and a level of noise making the strolling less than enjoyable.
Highlight were 13 Common Snipes feeding at the small wetland near Paju Yongwha Maul, together with two Black-faced Spoonbills, and small numbers of other birds (Spot-billed ducks, teals, a single Olive-backed Pipit, White wagtails, a single Little Ringed Plover, a single Ruddy Shelduck). In the area around Gongneungchong (from the bridge in Odo-dong to Songcheon Bridge at Freedom Road) two Eurasian Spoonbills, a single Common Snipe, and a late flock of Greater White-Fronted Geese.
Another beautiful small stream massively deteriorated by construction. It would be less harmful, if after construction trees would be replanted, and biotopes created – but in fact, after the construction of the bridge, the construction of a road will follow, with many rice fields completely disappearing. If the area then still will be a habitat for the Black-faced Spoonbill, the Far Eastern Curlew and many other waders, bitterns, ducks, raptors, but also buntings and other small birds as in the past, is highly questionable.
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea) After heavy snowfall, the snow laying more than one meter high on the Jinburyeong pass, and around 60 cm down to the coast, there was an interesting mix of birdlife along … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea) Another survey in the starting migration season, though still bitterly cold with – 11° C in the morning and only slowly warming up. Along the Han river, … read more
Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi and Dr. Bernhard Seliger (both Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea lifetime members) On January 12 2021, the first survey of the area around Siam wetland and Yudo Island in the Han River estuary in this year took … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea) Being driven from my home by my son’s birthday party, on December 27th, I went for a short afternoon scan (15.30-18.00), which was repeated for a longer time (07.00-15.00) and wider … read more
Dr. Nial Moores (Birds Korea), Prof. Dr. Amaël Borzée (Birds Korea, Nanjing Forestry University), Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea), Felix Glenk (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea), CEO Doug Watkins, Min-jong Jeon, Yeonah Ku & Brenda Lim (East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership) and … read more
Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea, Birds Korea), with Park Ji-Hyun, Johann and Joseph Seliger A short trip over the US thanksgiving weekend to Jeju Island was devoted to climbing some of the beautiful volcanoes called Oreum here (after a … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea) with Haesu Jung (HSF) After a hiatus of several month, the November survey in the Siam wetland and Hangang Estuary area near Yudo Islet brought positive and negative … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea and Birds Korea) A trip to the No Gun Ri Global Peace Forum brought the chance for an afternoon of searching for birds in the vicinity of Yeongdong, South of Daejeon. Though in the countryside, … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea, Birds Korea), with Doug Watkins (EAAFP), Vivian Fu (EAAFP), Kang Na-Ru (local researcher) and Dr. Hwang Sun-Mi (Officer of Suncheon) On October 29-30, we had a very productive seminar generating ideas for … read more