Bird News from Barry Heinrich
I went to Buk Cheon, to the north of Ganseong Eup after school today to see what birds were around. Interestingly, Great Egrets have moved into the nest site near there, more than a month after Grey Herons. I saw about 12 egrets and about 50 herons in the nesting area. There were more than 30 Tufted Ducks in the creek, but less than 10 Mallards. Also some Eastern Spot-billed Ducks and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.
I heard a Pale Thrush and saw Black-faced Buntings (nominate race) for the first time this year along the creek. On the back of the sand bar across the mouth of the creek I saw a Bar-tailed Godwit with an orange leg flag [a single orange flag on the right tibia indicates that the bird was flagged in Victoria, Australia].
Yesterday evening along Nam Cheon south side of Ganseong I saw about 140 Bramblings and 25 Dusky Thrushes. There were low numbers of ducks including Eastern Spot-billed Ducks, Mallards, Gadwalls, Eurasian Wigeons and a male Northern Shoveler. Just beyond the breaking wave on the sea there were 9 White-winged Scoters.
Returning to Ganseong after sunset I saw a flock of about 60 corvid heading in a general northerly direction. I assume they were Rooks.
Flagged Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica. Photo copyright Barry Heinrich
(a single orange flag on the right tibia indicates that the bird was flagged in Victoria, Australia)
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla. Photo copyright Barry Heinrich