Tim Edelsten. A charming and mostly unspoilt small island, still with habitats such as damp marshy grassland and a small stream. Weather fine and dry with changeable slight breeze. Full list as follows:
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha. Two on the sea.
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus. Several heard. A male with a brace of hens seen.
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus. Two at Togol village.
Temminck’s Cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus. Seven on the rocks.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus. Three over Guksu-bong were alerted to by a screeching Jay.
Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus. One.
Swinhoe’s Snipe Gallinago megala. Three flushed in an area of thick grass and scrub near Keun Maeul. Identification points include e.g. the surprised “gaak” take-off call; the short, low, unsteady flight dropping down only 10-20 m away; the overall dull upperside, lacking noticeable ‘braces’ and plain greyish upperwing.
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris.
Mongolian Gull Larus mongolicus. Three adults and a 2ndCalyr.
Mongolian Gull Larus mongolicus.
Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis.
Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus. One in monotonous song at Guksu-bong.
Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia. Five, in different areas, including three calling simultaneously in the mid-afternoon.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Seems to be two pairs on the island.
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus. One heard at dusk, delivering several times the unmistakeable high-pitched piping “heh-hip-hip-hip-hip-hip-huh” call. This presents a puzzle, as apparently this species has not previously been recorded on any offshore island (except Gangwha).
Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus.
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius. Common on the island. One was seen retrieving nuts from between tree-bark.
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica.
Carrion Crow Corvus corone.
Yellow-bellied Tit Pardaliparus venustulus. Three feeding amongst the treetops were announced by their distinctive “tweedle-dee” calls.
Varied Tit Sittiparus varius.
Eastern Great Tit Parus minor.
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis. Four, apparently on territory. A pair at Keun Maeul showed courtship-type behaviour, e.g. one constantly shadowing the other. Another pair was at Togol village where also the male “singing”.
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis
Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis. Abundant. At the moment they are flocking to the cherry blossom trees (drawn by the nectar?).
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica. One or two.
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica. One in the evening.
Korean Bush Warbler Horornis borealis. Several singing and also seen well.
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus.
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus. Suddenly fairly numerous: about thirty.
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes. Two or three.
Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus. Fairly numerous, at least thirty seen and heard.
White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea. Four, including a singer.
Grey-backed Thrush Turdus hortulorum. At least forty seen, presumably many more present as the gully towards Jeuknogol beach was laden with thrushes.
Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus. Thirty-eight seen, undoubtedly more present.
Dusky Thrush Turdus eunomus. 50+.
Blue-and-White Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana. Three males.
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus. Two.
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius. Three.
Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri. Three.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea. A nesting pair.
White Wagtail Motacilla alba. Two ocularis.
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni. 60+.
Brambling Coelebs montifringilla. Four late-lingerers.
Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus. Nine.
Tristram’s Bunting Emberiza tristrami. At least 25 in the plots and gardens.
Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata. One.
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla. Five.
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla.
Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys. Forty-one counted.
Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans.
Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala. 40-50.
Among other spring sights were a few Yellow-tip butterflies.
Yellow Tip Anthocharis scolymus.