Suncheon and Seosan, Sept 27-28

Belated bird news from Jason Loghry with Matt Poll

Although wary about holiday traffic, I was overcome and motivated to get outside and birding by those Autumn migration reports; Pechora Pipits in Suncheon, Little Owl in Suwon, and of course reports of Amur Falcon on the move. Having an early morning start, Matt Poll gave me a short tour of some of his favorites patches at Suncheon. At his pipit spot, there were Pechora and Red-throated; but both skulky this morning. There were two man-made ponds that we also visited, which hosted an array of roosting shorebirds. These included Far Eastern Curlew, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Dunlin, Mongolian Plover, Kentish Plover, and Little Ringed Plover.

FullSizeRender (1)Rice fields at Seosan © Jason Loghry

At Seosan, we arrived in the afternoon and checked the rice fields. There were several hundred geese (White-fronted and Bean Geese) both in flight and at the bay, and Common Snipes as well as a few Pacific Golden Plovers in the rice fields. We searched for Little Owl near the silos, but only found some very vocal Common Kestrels.

DSC06400Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva © Jason Loghry

FullSizeRenderMatt Poll on the search at the Seosan Silos © Jason Loghry

FullSizeRender (11)A small flurry of Eurasian Tree Sparrow © Jason Loghry

Further down a nearby road we found small noisy clouds of Eurasian Tree Sparrow passing from bush to tree, totaling between 350 – 400. On the same road, there was a Peregrine Falcon feasting on what appeared to be the remnants of an unfortunate Cattle Egret.

For the remainder of the evening we searched for Watercock, but unfortunately could not find. The evening brought on the sunset light across the bay, a lovely peaceful landscape of rice fields and a seemingly enormous, beautiful full moon.

DSC06426 What species do you see? © Jason Loghry

DSC06433Digiscoped image of the full moon © Jason Loghry

The next morning we had a great views of Black-browed Reed Warbler, and spent some time watching them in the reeds. We also found Black-faced Spoonbill, one Eurasian Spoonbill,  Common Shelduck at the bay, some Dunlin, Greenshank, several hundred Bean and Greater White-fronted Geese, a skulking Grey-backed Thrush, and for me the most impressive find of the trip, a personal first Pied Avocet.

All in all, we saw a total of 82 species.

DSC06449Greater White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons in flight © Jason Loghry

DSC06438Black-browed Reed Warbler habitat © Jason Loghry

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DSC06454Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps © Jason Loghry

DSC06511Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta © Jason Loghry

*Of special note for record, in the week following this trip, a Caspian Tern was reported and photographed at the bay. More recently there has been a report of one or two Snow Geese at Seosan as well.

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