Songdo, July 24

Bird news from Tim Edelsten

Infilling and reclamation continues at the final mudflat. Black-faced Spoonbills were busily trawling its remaining water channels to feed their begging young at the nearby nesting island, where I counted 17 adults and 23 juveniles. An official bird-viewing platform has been erected overlooking the scene. Mongolian Gulls have also mostly fledged although I noticed 6 adults and 6 juveniles. Also nearby an apparent Oriental Scops Owl feather.

In view on the mudflat itself (where tidal flow not yet cut off), 260+ Common Greenshank, 1 Eastern Oystercatcher, 8 Common Sandpiper,10+ Grey Plover, 2 Far Eastern Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 10+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Saunders’s Gull and 2 Little Tern.


Reclamation wall

Mudflat with enclosing wall under construction

Four years ago this was all mudflat

Bird hide

One comment on “Songdo, July 24

  1. Haven’t been in Songdo area for a couple of months and the rate at which they are filling up the tidal flats is frightening. Today at sunset I was on the other side of the bay in Oido, saw 6 adult BFS and a juvenile feeding on the mudflats. It was low tide, so the waders were far away. Plenty of Terek sanpipers, black tailed gulls, a far eastern curlew, a couple of oyestercatchers. Last month, on a visit to Debu-do, saw a colony of Chinese egrets … counted at least 12 individuals but more were flying around at dawn. Couldn’t find them today!

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