Spring migration started slowly in March down in Jeju Island, with waders showing up on coastal areas and in wetlands and reservoirs. Waders such as Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, and Great Knots began to show up along coastal areas. Yongsu Reservoir on the west coast in particular was quite busy by the end of March with most of the winter ducks remaining as it filled up with waders making short stopovers during their migration.
Fields on the south west of Jeju slowly became quite bustling, with Buff-bellied and Red-throated Pipits accompanying the resident Eurasian Skylarks. Around late March, a large group of Oriental Plovers showed up (approximately 14 individuals!) and rested for a few days with Oriental Pratincoles and Pacific Golden Plovers. Shortly after, Amur Stonechats showed up in the fields, and Grey Thrushes, Sakhalin Leaf Warblers, and Asian Brown Flycatchers in the coastal forests.
Soon other migrants began showing up, such as Eastern Crowned Warblers and Ashy Minivets in the forests, and Cattle, Intermediate, and Chinese Egrets moving in on the coasts. Black-faced, Tristram’s, Little, and Yellow-browed Buntings grew in numbers on Mara Island. On the coastal fields, Little Curlew, Whimbrels, and Mongolian Short-toed Larks began to arrive as well. Now that we are in the middle of spring migration, it will be interesting to see what rarities may show up throughout May.
Bird news from Leslie Hurteau A belated post on a fine day of birding on the east coast of Jeju Island on March 19th. The weather was rather stormy for most of the day, until clearing up a bit in … read more
Earlier this winter, an interesting discovery was made on the east coast of Jeju Island. A female Canvasback (Aythya valisineria, 큰흰죽지) was found by Kim Yewon (김에원) at Seongsan Wetlands, first seen in winter of 2020, and then seen again … read more
Some brief daily birdwatching and longer day trips on the west side of Jeju showed that winter has certainly begun, with a few surprises. The highlight so far has been an Oriental Stork along the south coast (originally reported by … read more
A Christmas birdwatching trip ended up being quite productive in various ways. Starting at Seongsan, plenty of interesting winter ducks were around but with strong cold winds it was difficult to stay long enough to search the whole area. Common … read more
An overcast day but luckily no rain, Hado-ri Wetland on the east coast of Jeju Island was quite productive and showed that winter is already on its way. Nearly every regular Korean winter duck species was present, aside from Baikal … read more
Bird News from Leslie Hurteau A Saturday was spent with a visiting friend in the southwest of Jeju Island looking for migrants. While waiting for the ferry to Mara-do, we had an hour to spare and decided to check the … read more
Bird News from Leslie Hurteau A Saturday morning in Mid-July was spent on a trip to Mara-do to see the Styan’s Grasshopper Warblers. The ferry ride was relatively smooth, with cloudy weather and little wind. A small group of Streaked … read more
Bird news from Leslie Hurteau A day trip to Mara Island on May 6th was met with beautiful sunshine and a nice selection of spring migrants. Shortly after departing from Songaksan port, a group of six Crested Murrelets were seen, … read more
Hado-ri Reservoir is a well known birdwatching hotspot on the northeast end of Jeju Island, known to host a wide array of bird species year round. I made the trip to Hado-ri on a nice sunny winter afternoon during a … read more