Bird News from Jason Loghry with Aniko Pollak
At dawn, we visited Yongdo looking for migrants. The sky was overcast and there were occasional showers. At the park we visited, there were fewer people than usual in the morning, which made for a pleasant walk birding. Highlights of the morning include great views of Japanese Robin (2), Stejneger’s Stonechat (7), Black-faced Bunting including personata (6), Japanese Bush Warbler (3), Brown-headed Thrush (1), Pale Thrush (5), White’s Thrush (3), Grey Thrush (1), Winter Wren (1), Red-flanked Bluetail (3), and Olive-backed Pipit (4), and both Japanese Waxwing and Asian Stubtail (1) singing.
In the afternoon, we headed to one of the eco parks along the Nakdong River. We were very pleased to find several more Stejneger’s Stonechat (10+), Common Reed Bunting, Pallas’s Reed Bunting, Penduline Tit, Far Eastern Cisticola (3), Japanese Bush Warbler, White Wagtail (lugens and leucopsis), Gadwall (9), Eurasian Spoonbill (1), Little Ringed Plover (2), Barn Swallow, with the highlight of the afternoon being a distant Bluethroat, possible first record for Busan?