Gwangju, November 16

Bird News from Patrick Blake

I spent a pleasant, though cold, morning at the Gwangjuho Lake Eco-park in Chunghyo-dong, Gwangju.  The water levels have been brought down, exposing a lot of the shoreline, which attracted quite a few wagtails and waterfowl.  Thirty-three species were tallied, including:


Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 2
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) 3, all males
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 16
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 25+
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 21
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 1, female
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 5
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 5
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1, immature
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) 1, male
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 1
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 2
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) 12
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos kizuki) 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 1, male
Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 1, female
Bull-headed Shrike (Lanius bucephalus) 2, pair
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 2
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 40+
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 16
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) 2
Eastern Great Tit (Parus minor) 9
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudacutus) 1
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) 15+
Vinous-throated Parrotbill (Sinosuthora webbiana) 65+
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) 2, female
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 30+, including lugensocularis, and leucopsis
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis) 1
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 5
Chinese Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria) 15+
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 2
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans) 25+
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 2

IMG_1756-L Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbiana, © Patrick Blake
IMG_1765-L Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus, © Patrick Blake

IMG_1779-L Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus, © Patrick Blake

IMG_1788-L White Wagtail  Motacilla alba leucopsis, © Patrick Blake

IMG_1835-L Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans, © Patrick Blake

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