Bird News from Nial Moores
A few hours in the local park in Busan on May 30th and June 3rd produced a good mix of resident species, summer visitors and passage migrants. In addition to distant looks at two Pacific Reef Egret and single Black Kite, and excellent views of White-backed and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, at least two coveys of Common Pheasant chicks were seen on the 30th; and fledgling Yellow-throated Bunting, Eastern Great Tit and Varied Tit were all seen begging from adults on the 3rd. Probably 15+ Black-naped Orioles were also heard (and some glimpsed!) on both dates, and the first (returning) Black Paradise Flycatcher (a male with full streamers) was heard in song and seen briefly on the 30th, with at least three seen on the 3rd. Birds still on passage included a single female Ashy Minivet on the 30th (with probably the same heard on the 3rd); one Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler seen in song on the 30th with two heard on the 3rd; 5+ Arctic Warbler heard on the 30th; and 4+ Kamchatka Leaf Warbler heard on both the 30th and the 3rd (with one of these resting long enough to be digiscoped). Of note too, on the latter date, single Common, Oriental and Lesser Cuckoo were all heard in song; and the Pacific Swift flock had increased from the usual 40-50 birds to at least 180.