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 and two Chestnut Bunting on 22nd.
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
Bird News from Leslie Hurteau I took early morning trip to Udo on May 25th to see what spring birds could be found. Udo, translated as “Cow Island”, is a fair sized island off the east coast of Jeju, accessible … read more
Bird News from Leslie Hurteau A particularly rainy but very enjoyable weekend was spent in Seogwipo in early May, the southern part of Jeju Island. The morning of May 6th was spent birdwatching in Cheonjiyeon waterfalls park, Saeseom Park, and … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea) A pleasant make-up holiday spent in Paju. Unfortunately, the rapid destruction of the pleasant rice-field area below Odusan progresses, with construction machines everywhere building a huge new dyke, presumably for a road … read more
Nial Moores, Birds Korea, May 26th 2023 Every year in the second half of May, much of the survey focus at migrant hotspots turns toward “grasshopper warblers” (Locustellidae). This group contains several poorly known, highly skulking and similarly-plumaged species. Fortunately, … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores & Marshall Iliff A few hours on Gadeok Do (proposed location of the new Expo-linked Busan International Airport), where highlights included probably 3 Russet Sparrow (very local in summer away from Ulleung Do); at least … read more