Bird News, Nakdong Estuary and Eco-parks, March 4th
An excellent half-day in the field in Busan in unseasonably warm spring sunshine, with twenty minutes at the Nakdong Estuary (where highlights were one First-winter Relict Gull still and a probable Far Eastern Curlew ‘scoped at long range), followed by six hours walking through a couple of the “eco-parks” upstream of the barrage.
Here, most notable species included two Greater Spotted Eagle soaring up high together; and much lower down, two Common Starling, 20+ Dusky Thrush and lots of buntings, including 5+ Rustic (nonetheless, a dreadful year for them so far it seems), five Little, a half-dozen Common Reed, 50 or so Yellow-throated and at least 90+ Pallas’s Reed Buntings, including a single flock of 70, comprised mostly of males with emerging breeding plumage, many of which were feeding out together on a footpath: stunning!
Other highlights included a flock of about 30 Red-billed Starling, two groups of Light-vented Bulbul and good numbers still of regular over-winterers, including c. 1400 Taiga Bean and 90 Greater White-fronted Geese and 200 Whooper Swan, along with a good selection of ducks which included a handful of resplendent Falcated and Tufted Ducks – both tending to be rather commoner here in March than in mid-winter.
Bird News from Nial Moores Following the rain and snow of the 21st, a sudden progression into spring. In the estuary, few ducks, swans or gulls remain (best being seven Saunders’s Gull) – instead at least 60 Far Eastern Curlew … read more
Bird News from Jason Loghry I had a couple of hours this evening so I went quickly to one of the nearby parks at the Nakdong to get some birding in before sunset. This week has been cold, even in … read more
Bird News from Jason Loghry With very little wind, no sign of showers, and a high of 23°C in the daily forecast, I was a little reluctant to get out birding on a busy weekend. Still, I couldn’t resist and … read more
Bird News from Jason Loghry with Park Seonyeong This evening, we enjoyed a short peaceful walk near the Nakdong as the sun set. As we were watching a Black Kite low-gliding across the sky, a Common Snipe (2) quickly flew … read more
Bird News from Jason Loghry with Aniko Pollak At dawn, we visited Yongdo looking for migrants. The sky was overcast and there were occasional showers. At the park we visited, there were fewer people than usual in the morning, which … read more
Birds News from Jason Loghry On Saturday morning, light to dark grey clouds covered the sky. A typhoon (Toraji) had passed the night before more quietly than expected. At Myeongji, 300+ Barn Swallow were at roost on some reeds, while … read more
Birds News from Jason Loghry Throughout the course of last week, I spent a few of my afternoons on the east bank of the Nakdong River. As many of you may know, the landscape has been subjected to numerous changes, … read more
Bird News from Jason Loghry Despite all the mosquito bites, this late afternoon was well-spent. First, I re-visited a site near the Nakdong River where recently I had observed Red-billed Starling. It turns out there are at least three breeding … read more