Shorebirds in Songdo, 7 May

A walk from Songdo to Sorae showed that still at least 3000-4000 shorebirds are in the area, among them most numerous Dunlins, Grey plovers, Whimbrels, Bar-tailed godwits, Great knots and Red-necked stints. Also, there were Common sandpipers, Ruddy turnstones, Mongolian plovers, Kentish plovers, Little ringed plovers, and Far Eastern oystercatchers, Saunders’s gulls, and, among a group of Temminck’s cormorants there were five Black-faced spoonbills.

A short visit to the breeding area of Black-faced spoonbills also brought into view a Siberian marten; a nice view, but given the chances that he or another carnivore might cross the shallow water to the breeding island of the spoonbills, somewhat alarming.

    Still thousands of shorebirds can be found in Songdo, among them numerous species like Red-necked stints (Calidris ruficollis), Dunlins (Calidris alpina) and vulnerable Great knots (Calidris tenuirostris) © Bernhard Seliger

Mongolian plovers (Charadrius mongolus) © Bernhard Seliger

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) © Bernhard Seliger

Saunders’s Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi) © Bernhard Seliger

Siberian marten Mustela sibirica © Bernhard Seliger



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