Yongdo, Busan, April 12

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 BuntingPallas’s Reed BuntingPenduline TitFar Eastern Cisticola (3), Japanese Bush WarblerWhite 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?


Nakdong, 12 April 2014, © Jason Loghry



Japanese Robin Erithacus akahige, © Jason Loghry



Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri, © Jason Loghry



Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala, © Jason Loghry



Brown-headed Thrush Turdus chrysolaus, © Jason Loghry



White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea, © Jason Loghry



Bluethroat Luscinia svecica, © Jason Loghry




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