Jungnang Stream, January 6

Bird News from Tim Edelsten

Again at Eungbong, but the main attraction – the Ferruginous Duck – has left. There remains an assortment of waterfowl, which seem a bit different to previous years, including the following:


  1. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons. One lost-looking juvenile is the first I have seen here.
  2. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. Eight. This is the first winter that they’ve appeared here.
  3. Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata. 129 counted. In unusually high numbers here this year.
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos. (Photographed).
  5. Eurasian Teal Anas crecca. (Photographed).
  6. Common Pochard Aythya ferina. 1400 at the mouth of the stream.
  7. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula. 800 at the confluence-avoiding the area which was dredged last year.
  8. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. Three: another apparent first record for this site.
  9. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus. 11 where the stream meets the Han. Another species I’ve never seen here previously.
  10. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo. There were 5-600 here on the 1st. An unprecedented number for this site.
  11. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. One 1Y bird. Rarely recorded in the Seoul city area.
  12. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra. Three -a scarce record for this particular site.
  13. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos. One.
  14. Vega Gull Larus vegae. One contrasting clearly with the 20 or so Mongolian Gulls. Unusual to see one so far inland.

Mallard_TEMallard Anas platyrhynchos, © Tim Edelsten

Eurasian-Teal_TEEurasian Teal Anas crecca, © Tim Edelsten

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