Mara-do, Jeju, March 30

Bird News from Matt Poll

On a blustery day filled with low scudding clouds and rough seas, there was some interesting movement and turnover on Mara-do. Although most birds were perhaps sheltering from the winds, and despite the fact that I only had an hour on the island, there were some birds about. The feeling was decidedly different from the previous week, with winter birds clearing out, and more migrants and breeders moving through.
Notable on Jeju’s nearby mainland were several Garganey mixed in with Spot-billed Duck and Eurasian Teal. Also, Barn Swallows have returned in force.

1. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax; presumably the same three individuals from last weekend
2. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus; one prowling the rocks where tired migrants often shelter
3. Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola; one flushed silently in front of me, flying straight and low – noticeably larger than snipes, with large ‘kestrel-colored’ rump very evident
4. Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
5. Pacific Swift Apus Pacificus; at least 30 engaged in aerial ballet low over the island
6. Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
7. Great Tit Parus major
8. Far Eastern Skylark Alauda japonica
9. Barn Swallow Hirundo Rustica;
10. Japanese Bush Warbler Horornis diphone
11. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
12. White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus
13. White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea; one in the woods with a Pale Thrush
14. Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus
15. Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri; one in a grassy field
16. Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
17. White Wagtail Motacilla alba
18. Hawfinch Coccothraustes Coccothraustes; one seen on the rocks
19. Grey-capped Greenfinch Chloris sinica
20. Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans

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