Geoje-do, November 20

Bird news from Matt Poll

Japanese Robin Erithacus akahige. Photo © Matt Poll.

I spent a wonderful few hours of crisp birding in a quiet valley near Gohyeon. The valley has been quite productive for birds over the past month, probably due to its remoteness and consequential very light foot traffic on the trail. After a relatively quiet trip back down the trail, I spotted a small dark bird flutter from the stream up to the bank. I first assumed it was yet another Winter Wren, but it was noticeably quiet, and something about it didn’t add up. I got a look at it with the binos and was more than pleased to realize that I’d finally crossed paths with a gorgeous but shy Japanese Robin. I wish I’d known about this spot in the spring!

3 comments on “Geoje-do, November 20

  1. So, are we to be treated to a Spring birding trip to Geoje? I do still need to see my first Black Woodpigeon. It’s great to hear you’re getting the lay of the land there and getting some productive birding in. See you in a few days, I hope.

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