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Geum Estuary, May 8

Bird News from Nial Moores with Xavier Vandervyre and Francois.

Best for the day were excellent and prolonged views of several of the six Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper seen (with four full breeding-plumaged adults and a Second Calendar-year together; and a more weakly plumaged bird – either a well-developed Second Calendar-year or a poorly-developed adult type, seen separately at some distance). None of the five birds seen well had any leg-bands.



rs-spoonyandredneckedstint-DSC05058Breeding-plumaged adult Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, with breeding-plumaged Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis (bottom image) © Nial Moores. Spoonies are a little larger and rather bigger-headed than Red-necks, and often lift-and-run rather than shuffle when feeding. At this time of year too, they also tend to look rather darker, with e.g. more dark centres on the crown and dried-blood tones instead of orange. This helps to accentuate plumage contrasts, so that even at range the mantle braces, the blotchy spotting on the breast-sides and the white donut around the bill base often stand out more than on Red-necked Stint.

In total, 25 shorebird species were seen in the Geum, with c. 40,000 individuals on Yubu and 10,000+ below the estuarine barrage – including at least 575 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, a healthy count of a much-decreased species.

rs-tideline-DSC05290Rich colours of the tundra along the tide-line © Nial Moores. How many species of shorebird can you see?

As expected at this site, we encountered an array of globally threatened Yellow Sea-dependent species including ~10,000 breeding-plumaged Great Knot, several hundred Far Eastern Curlew, two Nordmann’s Greenshank, three Black-faced Spoonbill, one Chinese Egret and 35 Saunders’s Gull.  Other species of note in the estuary included good numbers of Red-necked Stint (perhaps 3,000 in total), several dozen Broad-billed Sandpiper, and single singing Forest Wagtail, Arctic and Black-browed Reed Warblers.

In the evening, a visit to an area of river near Jeonju then found adult and juvenile Japanese Wagtail and single singing Ruddy Kingfisher, Indian Cuckoo and Oriental Scops Owl (heard only).


  • How many shorebirds in the image above?  From left to right: Red-necked Stint (5), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (4), Mongolian Plover (1), Terek Sandpiper (2), Broad-billed Sandpiper (3), Dunlin (1) and Common Redshank (1) – seven shorebird species in total.

2014.09.27-28 낙동강 하구, 유부도


관찰자 : Dr. Nial Moores, Mr. Andreas Kim, Prof. Robin Newlin, Mr. Jason Loghry, Mr. Patrick Black, 박진석, 하정문   낙동강 하구에서의 탐조 교육 프로그램과 연이어 진행된 이틀 동안의 탐조 여행은 정말 즐거운 기억이었습니다.   프로그램 동안 새로운 새와 생명의 터 멤버 … read more

2014.09.13-14 금강하구둑, 유부도, 새만금


관찰자 : 하정문, 이기산, 황해민, 서해민, 채지현, 김어진, 정대혁   지난 주말 동안 대학연합야생조류연구회의 학생들 몇 명과 함께 서해로 탐조여행을 다녀왔습니다. 1박 2일로 진행된 탐조여행은 1박을 하는 유부도를 중심으로 진행되었으며, 그 외에도 금강하구둑과 옥녀저수지를 목표로 삼았습니다.   하지만 금강하구둑에서 인연이 닿은 새만금시민생태조사단 … read more