Passerines in Jeju-Do

Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea, Birds Korea), with Park Ji-Hyun, Johann and Joseph Seliger

A short trip over the US thanksgiving weekend to Jeju Island was devoted to climbing some of the beautiful volcanoes called Oreum here (after a trip to Hallasan was shortcut by incoming snow, leading to very low visibility). These included Yongnuni Oreum, a beautiful oreum mostly bare of trees, teaming with buntings, Gomeun oreum, with the World Natural Heritage center, Sumangri forest path as well as Mulyeongari Oreum, a Ramsar site.

Typical forest and hill birds in the Oreum included Thick-billed crows, Oriental Magpies, Azure-winged magpies, Brown-eared bulbuls, Oriental Turtledoves, Great Tits, Varied Tits, Coal Tits, Siskins, Bramblings, Winter Wren, Bullheaded Shrikes, raptors like the Eastern Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and Common Kestrel, White-backed Woodpeckers and others.

Of special interest were:

  •  a large flock of rooks (around 2000) with a few Daurian Jackdaws mixed, occupying a village,
  • six Black Kites circling (unfortunately in the last light of the evening),
  • several large flocks of several hundred siskins,
  • a flock of 25 Buff-bellied pipits.
Eurasian Siskin Spinus Spinus There were several flocks with hundreds of birds. © Bernhard Seliger
In Korean language, the bird is called “black-headed Green finch” © Bernhard Seliger
Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus © Bernhard Seliger
Black Kite Milvus migrans © Bernhard Seliger (unfortunately, no better photos…)
A Buff-bellied pipit Anthus rubescens in a meadow near Mulyeongari Oreum. © Bernhard Seliger
Thousands of Rooks Corvus frugilegus occupying a village © Bernhard Seliger
Mulyeonari oreum hosts a small wetland and was declared a Ramsar site © Bernhard Seliger

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