Birds in Songdo, September 15

Dr. Bernhard Seliger (HSF and Birds Korea) with Lee Soh Hyun (currently intern at HSF)

A day in Songdo to talk to partners about projects in Covid-19 times, including the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership, ended with a pleasant stroll along the Songdo waterside at high tide (which, alas, was not very high and did not bring the birds too close to shore). Highlight were around 450 Eurasian Curlews and 157 Far Eastern Oystercatchers, a personal high for Korea. Additionally, a great mix of shorebirds and other waterbirds, including Black-faced Spoonbills (154), Great Egrets (more than 100), Little Egrets (27), Grey Herons (more than 100), Eurasian Whimbrels (at least 50), Common Sandpipers (more than 35), Common Greenshanks (more than 50), Terek Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwits, Great Knots, Grey Plovers and at least two Pacific Golden Plovers, Dunlins (several hundreds, but impossible to count, because they were far out), Red-necked Stints, at least 800 Great Cormorants, Eastern Spot-billed Ducks (more than 250), at least 400 Black-tailed Gulls, 150 Black-headed Gulls and 20 Saunders’s Gulls. Special thanks go, like always, to Dr. Nial Moores for some additional bird identification!

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia moulting into non-breeding plumage © Bernhard Selige
Far-Eastern Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus © Bernhard Seliger
Great Egret Ardea Alba © Bernhard Seliger
Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus © Bernhard Seliger
Black-Faced Spoonbills Platalea Minor © Bernhard Seliger

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