As part of Birds Korea’s research collaboration with the Oriental Stork Reintroduction Program, two days driving around rice-fields in Seosan (thanks Park Meena!). Among more than 60 species logged the highlight was a total of 17-18 Oriental Storks, including six banded (i.e. released) birds and one bird carrying a data-logger (considered likely to be from Russia).
Other species of note included a single adult Snow Goose (on the 3rd); 10,000+ Tundra Bean and 25,000+ Greater White-fronted Geese; four Lesser White-fronted Geese on 2nd and 1+ on 5th; a single Tundra Swan with 118+ Whooper Swan; 45 Baikal Teal; one Japanese Quail; 7-8 Cinerous Vulture; single Northern Goshawk and Hen Harrier; five White-tailed Eagle; one Rough-legged Buzzard; 15 Hooded Crane (two of which at least were obvious Hooded X Common Cranes); a total of 88 Northern Lapwing; a Short-eared Owl; two Dusky Warbler; a Red-throated Pipit in with 40 Buff-bellied Pipits; 1-2 Ochre-rumped and 30+ Pallas’s Reed Buntings; and a single flock of at least 700 Lapland Longspur.
Bird News from Nial Moores With northerly or northwesterly winds (occasionally reaching 50km/hr) on multiple dates, a total of 157 species were logged during 14 days of survey between November 1st and 16th. Half of the days were spent walking … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores (with Mark Harris 22nd-25th and Ju Yong-Ki 31st). A total of 151 species recorded to date, with a good spread of what are generally considered to be irruptive species in the ROK (including Chinese Nuthatch, … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores In fairly steady weather, fairly slow birding for Baekryeong, with only 102 species logged in the first four days. Highlights so far have included two Swinhoe’s White-eyes (at least on 19th), one Greater Spotted Eagle, … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores with Per Kaijser and Jared Busen A total of 34 shorebird species (out of a total 110 bird species logged) were found, with shorebird highlights that included a Pectoral Sandpiper below the Geum Barrage at … read more
Gageo Island, April 18-May 2, 2019 April 18th Back on Gageo-do after six years! Not much from the Mokpo-Gageo ferry besides some Ancient Murrelets. While it was amazing to be back on Gageo, there were some negative developments at … read more
Bird news of Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea), Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea), Vivian Fu (East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership) and Denise Frömel (Hanns Seidel Foundation) A return to the beautiful scenery of Hwasong, Siam Wetland … read more
Bird news of Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Birds Korea) Early autumn migration and the fallout of the Typhoon Lingling both influenced the trip to Goseong in September, with a very first short day, which had to be canceled due to heavy … read more
Chuja Island, April 14-17, 2019 The island-hopping continued north to Chuja-do, a medium-small set of bridge-connected islands 2/3 of the way to the mainland from Jeju. I visited a few times back in my Jeju days, but those … read more
Jeju Island, April 11-13, 2019 For any birder who has yet to visit Korea’s Yellow Sea during spring migration…what are you waiting for? Aside from the ‘regular’ East Asian migratory specialties that can be found along the East-Australasian Flyway, there … read more