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.
Some brief daily birdwatching and longer day trips on the west side of Jeju showed that winter has certainly begun, with a few surprises. The highlight so far has been an Oriental Stork along the south coast (originally reported by … read more
A Christmas birdwatching trip ended up being quite productive in various ways. Starting at Seongsan, plenty of interesting winter ducks were around but with strong cold winds it was difficult to stay long enough to search the whole area. Common … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea), Amelie Schweiger (HSF Korea) After the heavy snow of the weekend, Monday (December 20) was much warmer, but the air was rapidly worsening with fine dust and the … read more
A few days back at the Hwaseong Wetlands Flyway Network Site (FNS), conducting a Training Workshop focused on the identification, counting and ecological requirements of geese, swans and ducks and also some survey work. Because of restrictions imposed by the … read more
An overcast day but luckily no rain, Hado-ri Wetland on the east coast of Jeju Island was quite productive and showed that winter is already on its way. Nearly every regular Korean winter duck species was present, aside from Baikal … read more
Bird news from Leslie Hurteau. Interested to see what fall migration was like elsewhere in Korea this season, I took a weekend trip to Heuksan Island, a place well known for its migratory birds and even has its own research … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores Alternating between days of desk work and fieldwork, two weeks at Korea’s top migration hotspot of Baengnyeong Island (as it is increasingly spelt in official documents) yielded at least 137 species. Highlights included a Greater … read more
October 7, 2021 Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member) On the occasion of an unrelated conference, I had the luck to have a short birding outing to the Eastern coastal road and Hado-Ri wetland in … read more
September 22, 2021 and September 27, 2021 Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member) On September 22nd, a short post-Chuseok birding morning in Paju, near the book city and around the rice fields … read more