Hwacheon, May 25

Bird News from Tim Edelsten and Subhojit Chakladar

An afternoon at this delightfully unspoiled area of good habitat near the DMZ produced an almost complete roll-call of Korean summer-breeders, with all the species mentioned by Robin Newlin at the same area on May 22nd present, including the Northern Scops Owl, and also with the addition of a White-backed Woodpecker, Common Kingfisher, Lesser Cuckoo, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Marsh Tit, Varied Tit, several nests of Eastern Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, Asian Stubtail, Yellow-throated Bunting, Pale Thrush, Barn Swallow, Large-billed Crow, Rufous Turtle Dove, Tree Sparrow, and a large-ish raptor- apparently a Grey-faced Buzzard, which showed the requisite longish squared-off tail and flat-edged wings as it soared, and a glimpse of cinnamon above as it went into a steep gradual dive into the wooded hillside.

Northern Scops Owl Otus semitorques, © Tim Edelsten

Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana, © Tim Edelsten

One comment on “Hwacheon, May 25

  1. These unknown areas are relatively easy to reach (particularly convenient if you’re using public transportation) and offers a great opportunity to ‘discover’ Korea … most people are oblivious of. Worth going back just to talk through the woods and listen to the bird calls!

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