Hwaseong Wetlands FNS: September 8-10 & 17-20

Bird News from Nial Moores with Park Hae-Jeong (Hwaseong KFEM), together on various dates with e.g. KFEM’s Kim Choony, staff from the EAAFP Secretariat, Hwaseong KFEM staff and volunteers, and even a documentary team…

Another seven or so part-days spent at the Hwaseong Wetlands Flyway Network Site as part of the EAAFP-Hwaseong City Wetlands Project, with birding highlights including single Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, Black Kite, Gull-billed Tern and Whiskered Tern, one or two Little Stint and apparently five juvenile Nordmann’s Greenshank, along with a sprinkling of autumn land-birds including three species of pipit and four species of Pyllosc all obviously on the move.

With a mix of meetings and fieldwork, in addition to the daily encounters with several of the more expected but still globally threatened Yellow Sea specials (e.g. Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Saunders’s Gulls, Black-faced Spoonbills and Chinese Egrets), selected species of note included:

Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris. Personal first of the autumn on 18th, increasing to two by 20th.

Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii. One on 20th.

Temminck’s Stint 흰꼬리좀도요 © Nial Moores

Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis. Highest count was 1,910 (all juveniles!) on 19th.

Flock of juvenile Red-necked Stint 좀도요, September 10th © Nial Moores

Dunlin Calidris alpina. Highest count was 6,875 on 20th.

Little Stint Calidris minuta. One or two on 9th; one presumed on 19th and one on 20th.

Little Stint 작은도요, September 9th © Nial Moores

Nordmann’s Greenshank Tringa guttifer. One or two seen (more or less) daily, with a peak of five on 20th , all of which were juveniles (including two which were wonderfully approachable, especially for such a typically wary species).

Nordmann’s Greenshank 청다리도요사촌 © Nial Moores

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica. One reported by Lee Ki-Sup on 18th. Presumably the same bird, a First-winter, was still present on 19th and 20th.

Gull-billed Tern 큰부리제비갈매기 © Nial Moores

Whiskered Tern. One on 8th and one (still in full breeding-plumage) was seen over rice-fields on the 20th.

Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor. A high count of 254 on 8th, when one rather striking looking individual, with a red eye-crescent above and an orange crescent below the eye (slightly more prominent on one side of the head than the other), and rather more extensive black below the bill than seems typical for this species, was present in “Pond 13”. On 18th, 479 were also counted in the Asan Bay Reclamation Area.

Black-faced Spoonbill 저어새 flock © Nial Moores, containing one individual that might look a little more in place if in Australia!

Eurasian Bittern. Very oddly, one was heard booming from suitable habitat for 1-2 minutes in 17th. This is the first record here during this project (which started in late June); the species very seldom booms in the ROK, as there are no breeding records; and I have never heard of this species booming in autumn or on migration.

Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos. One over the road just outside of the FNS on 18th.

Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus spilonotus. One on 8th, superbly photographed by “새덕후”.

Eastern Marsh Harrier 개구리매 © 새덕후. Image used with permission.

Black Kite Milvus migrans. A juvenile was seen (and poorly photographed) on 20th.

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