Bird News from Nial Moores with Park Heajeong (Hwaseong KFEM) and Jung Hanchul.
Three more days of survey in sweltering summer heat, with a minimum 7,166 shorebirds counted within the Hwaseong Wetlands FNS and 9,418 shorebirds counted within the Asan Bay Reclamation Area, despite access restrictions . The first obvious signs of landbird migration, the growing number of juvenile shorebirds, a single Eurasian Eagle-owl trying to catch the afternoon breeze, and one or two Asian Dowitchers were the obvious highlights.
New waterbirds for the project in the FNS, started in late June, were Garganey (8) and Northern Pintail (2) and single Ruff and Black-headed Gull; with one or two Asian Dowitcher in the Asan Bay Reclamation Area also the personal first this autumn. We also found the project’s first Brown Shrikes (2), Stejneger’s Stonechats (c.5) and Eastern Yellow Wagtails (10-20) of the autumn.
This survey marked the arrival of juveniles of several species. Although all of the Mongolian Plover are adults, starting to moult from breeding into non-breeding plumage, the first juvenile Grey Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin and Red-necked Stint were seen, and the number of juvenile Far EasternCurlew increased from 1 or 2 two weeks ago to at least 40, even while the number of adults continued to fall.
Bird News from Nial Moores (Birds Korea) with Jung Hanchul and Park Hea-Jeong (Hwaseong KFEM) The fourth in ten or so surveys of shorebirds and other waterbirds at the Hwaseong Flyway Network Site (FNS) as part of the EAAFP-Hwaseong City … read more
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2013년 이후 백령도에서 진행해 온 새와생명의터 연구·조사로 그 동안 기록된 조류는 350종이며, 이 중에서 몇 종은 국내에서 하루에 발견된 수치로는 최대로 추정된다. 2018년 10월에 발견된 8,000개체의 쑥새(지구 취약종)와 2019년 5월에 발견된 240개체의 검은머리촉새(지구멸종위기종)가 이에 속한다. 백령도에서 관찰된 일부 종은 이전에 … read more
A remarkable study published in Science (accessible in full here) by Rosenberg et al. (2019) estimates a loss of 2.9 billion birds from North America in only the past 50 years. This represents a decline of 29% in the total … read more
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Recent months have seen a major increase in interest in the future of the DMZ, with several focused meetings and a recent spike in media coverage, including an article last week by the Washington Post which introduced the perspectives of … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, August 11th 2019 Every year there are multiple meetings held to discuss the future of the DMZ. The DMZ is a hugely complicated, multi-faceted and sensitive set of issues. We therefore usually avoid posting much … read more