Gwangneung: National Arboretum, December 11

Bird News from Robin Newlin

A visit to the arboretum on a cold snowy morning in search of winter finches found only Bramblings (a conservative 200), Hawfinches (3) and Siskins (12). Other birds included a Northern Goshawk, a Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 3Eastern Buzzards and 3 Cinereous Vultures, a Solitary Snipe, several Great TitsCoal TitsVaried Tits and aLong-tailed Tit (heard calling). I did see one Yellow-bellied Tit—being carried off by a Bull-headed Shrike. Woodpeckers were represented by 2 each of Grey-capped Pygmy and Great Spotted, and buntings by small numbers of Yellow-throated and Rustic. A few Goldcrests, a Eurasian Nuthatch, a few Eurasian Jays, severalNaumann’s Thrushes, a Red-flanked Bluetail and a Daurian Redstart round out the colorful band.

Brambling_RNBrambling Fringilla montifringilla, © Robin Newlin

Hawfinch_RNHawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes, © Robin Newlin

Eastern-Great-Tit_RNEastern Great Tit Parus minor, © Robin Newlin

Red-flanked-Bluetail_RNRed-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, © Robin Newlin

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