Cheolwon, December 21 – 22

Birdnews by Ha Jung Mun, and 6 members of univ. birding club

With great thanks to Mr. Lee Eunseong, one of the birding club senior, we could get a chance to birding at Cheolwon and nearby civilian control zone. Although the far less species and numbers of expected finches, it was still fantastic birding with quite good numbers of Red-crowned Cranes and White-naped Cranes in families. The whole birding was followed by delicious food, and ended by numerous Cinerous Vultures feeding those buchery by-products placed by adjacent Slaughterhouse.

Species List :

Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Smew Mergellus albellus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cri
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus. Over 100 individuals gathered nearby farmlands of a restaurant, must be carried by butchery by-products spread over those farms.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla. One juvenile found among the Cinereous Vulture flocks.
Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Falco columbarius. 2 male adults observed in a close distance each other.
White-naped Crane Grus vipio
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis. over 16 families, 42 individuals observed.
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos kizuki
Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus
Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
Varied Tit Poecile varius
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Eastern Great Tit Parus minor
Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthera webbiana
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Siberian Accentor Prunella montanella. At least 10 birds seen and heard.
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Long-tailed Rosefinch Uragus sibiricus
Grey-capped Greenfinch Carduelis sinica
Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica
Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans
Pallas’s Reed bunting Emberiza pallasi

Total 46 species

독수리 5A flock of Cinerous Vultures, other birds were circling in the sky, © Ha Jung Mun

독수리 1 Cinereous Vulture with 128 wing tag, © Ha Jung Mun

독수리 4Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus, © Ha Jung Mun

독수리 7Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus, © Ha Jung Mun

참매 1A Northern Goshawk chased and hunted a Oriental Turtle Dove, © Ha Jung Mun

쇠황조롱이 1Merlin Falco columbarius, © Ha Jung Mun

두루미 2Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis, © Ha Jung Mun

재두루미 1Many crane families were very close from the road, not flushed even with the existence of cars. © Ha Jung Mun

두루미들 2Resting flocks of Red-crowned Crane and White-naped Crane, © Ha Jung Mun

 Calling Red-crowned Crane and White-naped Crane, © Ha Jung Mun


Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus© Ha Jung Mun

Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus© Ha Jung Mun

 Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis© Ha Jung Mun

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