Bird Sightings

Survey in Yu-do (islet) on January 19, 2022

Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation) with Ji-Ye Chun and Hyeong-Seo Kim (Hanns Seidel Foundation)

In rather inclement weather conditions – cold and snowing half the day – this survey brought overall much reduced bird numbers, in particular numbers of geese, compared to the December survey. With 4000 geese (almost half of them Tundra Bean Geese and Greater White-Fronted Geese) the number was only two thirds of that of December, with no Swan Geese visible; probably many migrated further South. Also, Han River was full with drifting ice and almost no gulls or ducks were visible.

However, the number of small birds, in particular buntings, seems to have increased a lot, with among others more than 400 Rustic Buntings, a globally vulnerable species seen.

You can find the full list at:

Yu-do area: https://ebird.org/checklist/S101021311
Siam-Ri wetland area: https://ebird.org/checklist/S101021315

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica 쑥새, a globally Vulnerable species, breeding across a huge Eurasian range and wintering in Far East Asia © Bernhard Seliger
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 삑삑도요 © Bernhard Seliger
Ice on the Han River and solidly frozen soil might be the reasons, that fewer birds were recorded. © Bernhard Seliger
White-tailed Sea Eagle Haeliaeetus albicilla 흰꼬리수리 © Bernhard Seliger
The Survey team overlooking Yu-do and the inner-Korean border © Hyun-Ah Choi

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