Bird News from Subhojit Chakladar
Starting on the New Chinese/Lunar New Year day in a rain soaked Sokcho, both the lakes in the city were unbelievably void of bird life. With a constant drizzle, strong winds and ominous clouds over the East Sea, it was not a promising start. However, later in the day, the weather improved and selected spots of the sea revealed an abundance of loons and grebes. I decided to make Hwajinpo as my base of exploration. The lake itself was disappointing but the surroundings provided some entertainment in form of a group of playful Long-tailed Rosefinches, 2 dozen Siskins, a few very vocal Siberain Accentors (most of them were invisible) and a single female Pallas’ Rosefinch. Scan of the sea from a few high vantage points revealed a lot of distant movements of what seemed to be loons (too distant to clearly make out through bins). There were evidence of a lot of Arctic Loons relatively close to the shore, as were Red-breasted Mergansers.
Next day, a quick scan of the sea from the Hwajinpo Condo revealed a group of Red-necked Grebes just beyond the surf. The small bay of Chodo, had a group of White-winged Scoters and good numbers of Harlequin Ducks. At the Daejin lighthouse, a lot of thrushes were seen – most of them Naumann’s. There was a single Azure-winged Magpie. There were 2 Glaucous Gulls on the beach next to the lighthouse. A couple of hours on a boat from the Daejin harbor once again revealed a lot of movement of loons. There were close views of at least 4 groups of Arctic and 1 Pacific Loon. Alcids, however, were very very few indeed. Only 1 Spectacled Guillemot and 2 Thick-billed Murres (both only seen in flight).
Tim Edelsten In thick scrub I found two shy and wary Siberian Accentor, feeding quietly on the ground. The first appeared overall paler, with only a light cream-chiffon cast on the throat and breast, a noticeable flesh-coloured base to the upper … read more
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Bird News from Subhojit Chakladar A few hours along the Namhan river in Chungju produced some good (and predictable) birds. The long staying (and much photographed) Great Grey Shrike and Red-Crested Pochard provided the first new birds this year for … chungju
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Bird News from Mike Friel Small birds – unless nesting – are quite unpredictable in their movements. However, the Yellow-bellied Tits near Majin always seem to come quickly on a sunny day when I add some hot water to their … read more
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Bird news from Tim Edelsten Today marked the first cold snap in what has been an exceptionally mild winter, with temperatures suddenly plunging to minus 13 Celsius. On the fruiting tree however there were only the usual suspects, including a pair … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores and Guillermo Rodriguez Lazaro In continuing mild conditions (before the forecast two-day freeze) a day visiting several sites in the southeast of the ROK looking for some Korean “winter specials”, starting in the Nakdong Estuary, … read more