Scaly-sided Merganser on Birding Beijing
Scaly-sided Merganser is one of my favourite species – and also one of Birds Korea’s conservation priorities (see blog post on winter survey). I was a bit disturbed therefore when visiting the awesome Birding Beijing blog recently to read Terry Townshend’s account of a restaurant owner claiming to take Scaly-sided Merganser eggs (link to blog)!
This species already faces a number of threats (see BirdLife Factsheet). Is “harvesting” of eggs in China or elsewhere within its breeding range an additional danger to this beautiful and globally Endangered species? And if so, how can conservationists and birders help to lessen this threat?
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, January 27th 2014 A total of 149 Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus were recorded nationwide by the Birds Korea survey, conducted between January 5th and 22nd 2014. This number is remarkably similar to the 140-149 recorded by our survey work in February 2012, despite much greater survey effort this year, with [...]Read story
Bird News from Nial Moores with Ed Keeble and others As part of the Birds Korea survey on Scaly-sided Merganser, we visited various inland riverine sites from January 11th -14th; and again for part of January 19th and 22nd. In addition, we visited the north-east coast (where joined for some of 15th and most of 16th by Jason Loghry, Tim [...]Read story