Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns-Seidel-Foundation)
Songjiho is one of two large lagoon lakes in Goseong County, the other is Hwajinpo. One short evening stroll and two morning counts brought some nice views of arriving winter migrants. Highlights were an Eurasian Eagle Owl hunting along the shore of the lake in the evening, an American Wigeon and more than fifty Mandarin ducks, as well as an Osprey and two Whiskered Terns hunting at the lake in the mornings, which is rich in diverse fish of the brackish water.
As everywhere in the county and country, Songjiho is extremely disturbed, by a large national road (“Asian Highway no. 6”, leading hypothetically through North Korea to Russia and finally Belarus), plus adjacent smaller roads used by cars and pedestrians, plus a new bicycle lane. In front of the lake since many years a spaceship-like structure and a big parking lot are trying (mostly in vain) to attract visitors, but the bicycle way is used from the very early morning.
The high level of disturbance means that birds are crowded in the less disturbed back area, but frequently they are moving anyway. It was good to see Greater Scaups, Tufted Ducks, Common Pochard, Spot-billed Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Eurasian Teals, Eurasian Wigeon, a single Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and other winter visitors.
(Thanks go as always to Dr. Nial Moores for help with bird ID!)