A total of 85 bird species, three mammal species (Korean Water Deer, Wild Boar and Amur Leopard Cat), one globally threatened freshwater turtle species, and two species of globally threatened amphibian (multiple Seoul Pond Frogs and 1-2 Suwon Tree Frog heard) were logged by three Birds Koreans (Nial Moores, Baek Seung-Kwang and Lee Su-Young) in Yeoncheon between September 7th and 22nd. This was even though only a few hours of this period were actually dedicated to survey, with most time and energy instead dedicated to the “Spoonbills Project“. Of this total, c. 16 bird species were new for our “Birds Korea county list”, taking the total to 208. In addition to multiple encounters with the nationally Critically Endangered Hill Pigeon, species of greatest note for this land-locked county included Globally Critically Endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting (with two on 13th and three on 22nd), single Asian House Martin (on 8th), two single Chestnut-flanked White-eye (on 16th and 22nd), single (presumed) Japanese Leaf Warbler (on 16th) and two Eurasian Spoonbill (on 22nd).
Notable “support” species included Garganey on several dates; up to eight Long-billed Plover at the “Spoonbills project” site; three species of snipe (with a high count of 15 Common Snipe in the Peace Rice-fields on 22nd, sharing 3-4 fields with substantial numbers of Intermediate and Eastern Cattle Egret); a high overflying flock of 45 Common Greenshank, moving southwest (on 13th); migrant Osprey on two dates; multiple observations of Crested Honey Buzzard (apparently including some local over-summering birds and the start of southward migration – with four on 22nd); and single Pechora Pipit, two Black-faced Bunting and two Chestnut Bunting on 22nd.
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, September 21, 2023. All images copyright of Nial Moores / Birds Korea. In September, the “Spoonbills Project” was launched in the Yeoncheon Imjin River Biosphere Reserve. This ecological planning and design project is a collaboration … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Director, & Ms Park Meena, National Coordinator, Birds Korea. Based on the kind recommendation of an environmental studies teacher, Birds Korea was asked by Hapcheon Pyeonghwa (Peace) High School if we were able to visit their school … read more
Birds Korea was fledged in 2004. Our independent NGO has only 300 members, but a huge mission: the conservation of birds and their habitats in Korea and the wider Yellow Sea Eco-region. In all of our work, we strive to … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, August 2023 It was supposed to be a way of promoting the massive Saemangeum reclamation project and (apparently) of getting more money from central government. Instead, the failed hosting of the World Scouts Jamboree in … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea In July, a statement on High Pathogenicity Avian Infuenza or HPAI (long called “Poultry Flu” by Birds Korea) was released by the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, co-convened under the Convention … read more
Michael Farrant (Head of the Science Department), Ethan Cho & Seohyun Choi The Seoul Foreign School (SFS) Science Department is in the process of organising their ‘Group 4 Project (G4P)’, an essential practical component for all International Baccalaureate Diploma Program … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Director, Birds Korea / 새와 생명의 터 In celebration of their now 30-year history, the Korean Environment Institute (KEI) and the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (the nation’s largest environmental NGO) hosted an offline and online seminar … read more
Bird News from Dr Nial Moores (Birds Korea) with Lee Su-Young, Baek Seung-Kwang, and, on single dates, Lee Soojin and Jang Ryang (all Birds Korea Yeoncheon). Under contract from Yeoncheon County, six days of up-at-dawn productive survey in some of … read more
Bird news from Nial Moores (with Shim Kyu-Sik and Song In-Sik on May 28th PM, 29th, and morning of 30th). A total of 146 species were logged during the week, including a mix of local breeders (including globally Vulnerable Chinese … read more