Goseong, June 28
Bird News from Mike Friel
I went early to a temple site and within minutes, at 7:25am, the first Ruddy Kingfisher I have seen in Korea wheeled up to an overhanging branch nearby, as if to check out the intruder. He sloped off downstream and immediately I saw an Asian Brown Flycatcher perched high in a tree. Very soon after, a Common Kingfisher appeared by the stream in the same location, but didn’t stay long. Things settled down after this, though there was abundant bird-life, including a passing Chinese Sparrowhawk, Pale Thrushes, Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers and a juvenile White-backed Woodpecker. I left after two and a half hours, seeing an Asian Stubtail as I was about to move off, as well as some colourful Dark-spotted Frogs (Rana nigromaculata). No more Ruddy Kingfishers (no calling even), but one can’t ask for too much!
Bird News from Mike Friel Today I broke my inland speed-birding record. At the wooded park beside the river on the outskirts of Hamyang, I spotted 18 species in 50 minutes. Apart from the usual birds like tits and mallards, those that I was most pleased to see included a pair of lugens White Wagtails [...]Read story
Bird News from Betty Slade, David Cole and Nial Moores (joined by Jason Loghry on June 24th). Although mid-late June is NOT the best time for birding in the ROK, an enjoyable eight days in the field took us to a broad range of habitats and included a good number of surprises! Moving from [...]Read story