Gangwha-do, November 22

Bird News from Robin Newlin and Im Kwang Wan

Despite morning rain and on-and-off fog, a good day for raptors: several Kestrels, a Peregrine, 4 Eastern Buzzards, 2 or 3 Upland Buzzards including a handsome dark-phase, and one possible vulpinus or Steppe Buzzard first found a week earlier by Mr. Kim Seog-min. Other birds: cracking looks at 53 Swan Geese, scattered flocks of Bean and White-fronted Geese (more of the latter), 2 Common Pochards, 18 Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, 5 Mallards, a lone White-naped Crane, several (heard) Far Eastern Skylarks, c. 50 Oriental Greenfinches, a few Yellow-throated Buntings, a Daurian Redstart, 2 Grey-headed Woodpeckers and several Pheasants.

Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius, © Robin Newlin

Swan Goose Anser cygnoides, © Robin Newlin

Swan Goose Anser cygnoides, © Robin Newlin

Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis, © Robin Newlin

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