Gwangju, January 1

Bird News from Patrick Blake

A sudden change in the weather cancelled my initial plans, but I still managed to get out and make the most of the Big Day 2015 fundraiser in Gwangju. Relying solely on public transportation, and birding only within Gwangju city limits, I still managed to spot 51 species despite sub-zero temperatures and intermittent snow showers throughout the day. There were several highlights, as well as notable misses such as Little Egret and Red-flanked Bluetail. Some of the highlights are below:

Baikal Teal (8) mixed in with other waterfowl at the Gwangju Lake Eco-Park; these were a personal new species for this location
White’s Thrush (1) at the Gwangju Lake Eco-Park

IMG_6801-L White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea © Patrick Blake

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1) and Eastern Buzzard (1) at Gwangju Lake Eco-Park
Naumann’s Thrush (1) at Gwangju Lake Eco-Park
Rustic Bunting (10+) at Gwangju Lake Eco-Park

IMG_6842-L Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica © Patrick Blake

CAM01126 Habitat at Gwangjuho Lake Eco-Park © Patrick Blake

Common Shelduck (4) on the Yeongsan River in west Gwangju
Eurasian Moorhen (2) on the Yeongsan River
Japanese Quail (2) in the grasses near the Yeongsan River
– five species of buntings were found along the Yeongsan River, the most numerous being Chestnut-eared Bunting (13); other species were Rustic Bunting (1), Yellow-throated Bunting (6), Black-faced Bunting (6 – including one personata individual), and Pallas’s Reed Bunting (7)

IMG_6914-L Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata © Patrick Blake

IMG_6929-L Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala © Patrick Blake

IMG_6944-L Pallas’s Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi © Patrick Blake

CAM01127 Bunting habitat at the Yeongsan River © Patrick Blake

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