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Gageo-do, September 6-9

Bird News from Patrick Blake

Spent the Chuseok holiday on Gageo-do, hoping to catch some migrants on their movement south. Weather throughout the trip was perfect, with predominantly clear sunny skies; this was probably the reason there was a decided lack of migrants. However, several unusual and unexpected species were observed. Highlights include Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler, Long-tailed Shrike, Brown Shrike, and some good pelagic birding on the ferries to and from Gageo-do. See below for more information.

  1. Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas – a single bird on the ride out to Gageo-do near Tae-do; 3 separate birds around Gageo-do on the return trip
  2. Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis – 30+ on the way to Gageo-do; 40+ on the return trip
  3. presumed Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro – 3 individual birds observed amid Swinhoe’s Storm Petrels on the way to Gageo-do. Clearly seen white rump on an overall dark-colored storm petrel; ruled out Leach’s Storm Petrel because of rounded tail (not forked) and no appearance of a small dark stripe across the white rump band (although not all Leach’s show this stripe; some Leach’s do not show a white rump at all). No photos were possible (outside access is restricted on the ferry), but the white rump was clearly obvious during the observations, so Swinhoe’s is unlikely
  4. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus – 1 bird in Gageodo-ri on the 6th; 3 birds on the 8th and 9th
  5. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea – 15+ at the main harbor in Gageodo-ri most days
  6. Eastern Great Egret Ardea a. modesta – 1 at the main harbor in Gageodo-ri on the 7th; 2 on the 9th
  7. Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva – 1 on the pebble beach at Gageodo-ri on the 6th and 7th
  8. Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva, © Patrick Blake
  9. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus – 1 on the pebble beach at Gageodo-ri on the 6th
  10. Latham’s Snipe Gallinago hardwickii – 1 flushed at the Sky Park near Gageodo-ri on the 6th; 1 flushed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  11. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola – common, with 3-5 being seen most days
  12. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola, © Patrick Blake
  13. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos – 2 observed on the 7th
  14. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres – 2 observed on the 7th
  15. Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis – 1 observed at Gageodo-ri on the 7th; 6 observed there on the 9th
  16. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta – 1 observed at Gageodo-ri on the 9th
  17. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus – 12 observed on the ferry ride near Heuksan-do on the 6th
  18. Black Wood Pigeon Columba janthina – 1 observed on the 8th
  19. White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus – 5 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  20. Pacific Swift Apus pacificus – 10+ observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  21. Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis – 1 observed near Gageodo-ri on the 6th; 1 observed in the interior mountains on the 8th
  22. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis – 1 observed at Gageodo-ri on the 6th; 1 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  23. Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla – 1 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  24. White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos – 1 heard calling near Sam-gu on the 8th
  25. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus – 1 or 2 observed most days around Gageodo-ri
  26. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus – 1 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th; 2 observed near Sam-gu and the interior mountains on the 8th
  27. Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus – 1 juvenile observed near Gageodo-ri on the 9th
  28. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus – 2 observed; 1 around Gageodo-ri on the 6th, 8th, and 9th; a second at Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  29. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus, © Patrick Blake
  30. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach – 2 observed; 1 at the Sky Park near Gageodo-ri on the 7th; 1 observed at Hangri-maeul, also on the 7th
  31. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach, © Patrick Blake
  32. Varied Tit Poecile varius – 3 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th; 5+ observed near Sam-gu on the 8th
  33. Eastern Great Tit Parus minor – 5+ observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th; 2 observed near Sam-gu on the 8th
  34. Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis – common around the villages; usually 30-40+ per day
  35. Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis – not as common as the LVBU; usually 10+ per day
  36. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica – 2 or 3 observed each day; 12+ observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  37. Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus – most common warbler observed; 10+ on the 7th and 8th
  38. Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus – 1 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th; 3+ in Sam-gu on the 8th
  39. Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus, © Patrick Blake
  40. Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus – 1 observed near Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  41. Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus, © Patrick Blake
  42. Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes – 1 heard along the interior of the island on the 8th
  43. Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler Locustella ochotensis – 1 observed near the Sky Park at Gageodo-ri on the 6th and 7th
  44. Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler Locustella ochotensis, © Patrick Blake
  45. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus – very common; 100+ per day
  46. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus, © Patrick Blake
  47. Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus – 8+ heard and observed in the interior of the island on the 8th
  48. Grey-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta – very common; 10+ observed most days, especially around Gageodo-ri and the western road leading to Hangri-maeul
  49. Siberian Blue Robin Larvivora cyane – 1 observed along the central road leading to Gageodo-ri on the 8th
  50. Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius – very common around the villages; 5+ observed each day
  51. Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri – 1 observed at the Sky Park by Gageodo-ri on the 6th
  52. Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis – 1 observed at Gageodo-ri on the 7th; 3 observed there on the 9th
  53. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea – common; 3-5 observed each day, especially around Gageodo-ri
  54. White Wagtail Motacilla alba leucopsis – common; 4+ observed each day, especially around Gageodo-ri
  55. Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi – 3 observed at Hangri-maeul on the 7th
  56. Chinese Grosbeak Eophona migratoria – a large flock of around 30+ birds observed atop the ridge above Gageodo-ri on the 7th