A very belated post to share various bird sightings throughout the month of September from various city parks within Jeju City (central north city of Jeju Island). Fall migration had really picked up by the second week of September, and continued to increase as the month progressed. There was a noticeable movement of flycatchers in particular. Black Paradise Flycatchers were seen and heard in noticeable numbers even within city parks. The usual Asian Brown Flycatchers, alongside Dark-sided and Grey-streaked, were more numerous. Other songbirds, like Arctic Warblers, Eastern Crowned Warblers, and Yellow-browed Warblers were almost a daily occurrence in urban green areas.
Along the coastal parks, Egrets and Herons could be seen in higher numbers, as well as a surprise Whiskered Tern found diving for food in a stream right off of a main road. A small number of birds I usually associated with winter here, such as Eurasian Kestrel and Chinese Grosbeak, were also observed.
Out of all the species encountered in these city parks, two standouts were Black Wood Pigeon and Fairy Pitta. Both individuals had fresh plumage, and the gape was still slightly visible on the Pitta’s bill, making me think they were born this year and were dispersing. It’s possible the Black Wood Pigeon came from Sasu Island 사수도 (a small island with restricted access, just east of Chuja Island 추자도), as a breeding population is known to be there. The Fairy Pitta was likely from Jeju, but also possible it could have been from the mainland or elsewhere.
Bird News from Dr Nial Moores with Dr Mark Harris, Birds Korean Jung Hancheul (on 27th), multiple Birds Koreans (on 28th) and Birds Korea Yeoncheon Director Baek Seung-Kwang (on 29th). Three days looking through some spectacular concentrations of birds, with … read more
Nial Moores, Birds Korea, October 31st 2023. All images copyright of Nial Moores and Birds Korea. A total of 143 species were logged during this survey visit, with the outstanding highlight a Blyth’s Reed Warbler present from 22nd to at … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi, Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea, with John MacKinnon, Jennifer George and Yoonjae Bae, both EAAFP. The late summer period along the Han River Estuary is a not so easy time to observe … read more
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 … read more
Bird News by Leslie Hurteau Around mid-June, I camped at Seogwipo Natural Recreational Forest, up on the south-west slope of Hallasan. There had been previous sightings of Ruddy Kingfishers, Black Wood Pigeons, and Northern Hawk Cuckos at this park in … 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