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!)
May 2nd – We reached the island at about midday and, after a brief meeting with Matt Poll who was leaving on the same boat, we got straight into the birds. Skies were clear with a light northerly breeze and … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores On June 5th, headed out to Junam Reservoir in the evening to look for a Cotton Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus, a national first record reported somewhat belatedly in the Seoul Ilbo on the 4th, with … read more
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
Bird News from Nial Moores (with Shim Kyu-Sik for much of 25th and 26th). Outstanding late May highlights on Baekryeong this year included Korea’s first Chinese Bush Warbler on May 25th (sadly not photographed or sound-recorded) and Korea’s first Black … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores A total of 141 bird species logged so far during ongoing research for the Baekryeong Wetlands Project, with rarest in the Korean context a single Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos on the 22nd; and rarest in … read more
Bird news from Subhojit Chakladar A day trip to Deokjeok Island to look for migrants. Visiting after a period of about 2 years, the bridge connecting it to neighboring Soyado is now complete and blocks part of the trail that … read more
Bird news from Subhojit Chakladar My friend Todd Hull and I visited a popular park in east Busan on early Sunday morning and spent a few hours birding the roadside and a shaded stream. Right from the beginning we could … 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
Bird News from Nial Moores. With mostly light winds and rain overnight on 23rd and 24th and for much of the 26th on the 29th, good numbers of migrants were found during each visit to my local forested park on … read more