Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea, Birds Korea), Jeongmin Khil (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea) and Prof. Dr. Tomasz Wierzbowski (HUFS)
Parks sometimes can be teaming with birds, either because of a lack of suitable other habitat in cities, or because the have genuinely good habitat, in particular for passerines. It is different, alas, with a number of “eco-“parks built in Korea: good habitats, often in wetlands or stretches of rivers, are transformed into areas with large concreted places, natural bushlands and riparian forests are substituted by single trees surrounded by concrete, riverscapes become artificially altered so that no real view of the river is possible. One of the worst examples I know is the destruction of the lovely riverside of North Hangang near Chuncheon, which we earlier discussed as part of the river and Scaly-Sided Merganser survey early this year (http://www.birdskoreablog.org/?p=25610).
A short survey on September 19, 2022, confirmed the observations of early this year: the whole park area was completely empty of people, birds or any other life. Just outside of that, the riverside is still beautiful. Highlight was a beautiful pair of Long-billed plovers. Sad to say, but hopefully greater fiscal burdens will make this kind of “improvements” too expensive in the future. Much better, there should be greater understanding of the needs of habitat preservation and restoration, instead of habitat destruction which neither serves humans, economy, or flora and fauna.
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (both Birds Korea and Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea) with Jeongmin Khil and Sabine Leykam (HSF Korea) Gochang in Jeollabukdo, a county at the Yellow Sea, still has vast tidal flats and beautiful rice-field areas. As part … read more
Bird news by Leslie Hurteau On June 10th, 2022, the Jeju Wildlife Research Center (제주야생동물연구센터) found a Crow-billed Drongo Dicrurus annectens on Mara Island, the most southern point of the ROK. This species has never been recorded in the Republic … read more
Bird news from Leslie Hurteau As May started, Spring migration was in full swing, with many interesting birds showing up on Jeju. Early May involved a weekend trip to nearby Chuja Island, which had a fair number of migrants, highlight … read more
Nial Moores, Baek Seung-Kwang, Lee Su-Young and Jang Ryang Under contract from Yeoncheon County, we conducted five very productive days of survey of breeding birds and other biodiversity in the Yeoncheon Imjin River Biosphere Reserve on June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores (with Subhojit Chakladar for part of 26th-28th). In addition to plentiful of enjoyable encounters with Korean breeding species (some of which like Black-faced Spoonbill, Chinese Egret, Tiger Shrike and Forest Wagtail breed on the island … read more
Bird news from Subhojit Chakladar (with Dr Nial Moores) With a storm front expected to pass over the northern part of Yellow Sea on 25th evening, I decided to check out what the weather system might bring in on the … read more
Bird news from Subhojit Chakladar (with Dr Nial Moores, Andy Lee and Justin Lee) NOTE: This post was substantially modified following input from Prof. Per Alstrom between May 20th and 23rd. Peak of the spring migration on this island is … read more
Bird news from Leslie Hurteau Spring migration started slowly in March down in Jeju Island, with waders showing up on coastal areas and in wetlands and reservoirs. Waders such as Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, and Great Knots began to show … read more