Bird News from Matt Poll
I had a weekend filled with interesting birds in my own patch, as the weather started to finally get frosty. On Saturday I went back to the Light-vented Bulbul spot and saw a pair of Light-vented Bulbuls being mercilessly harassed by a large pack of Brown-eared Bulbuls for the better part of an hour. One of the LVB was missing its tail. Nearby, I finally caught up with a Long-tailed Shrike that was first spotted a few weeks ago.
On Sunday I stuck closer to home, and I spotted several Geoje firsts. A first winter female Naumann’s Thrush perched in a scrubby area of a farm field before flying off. I used to see these birds quite often up in Ilsan (near Seoul), but I’ve never run into one this far south. Shortly after that, a Red-billed Starling rocketed into some brush at my feet, hotly pursued, once again, by Brown-eared Bulbuls. Apparently they migrate south through nearby Tsushima Island, and winter further south. It made me wonder if this individual was a late migrant or a potential winter visitor. Whatever the case, it felt like it was fresh in, given its disheveled/lethargic behaviour.
On the nearby saltwater canal I’ve noted at least a dozen active Little Grebes, where last year I only saw a handful.
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis. Photo © Matt Poll.
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach. Photo © Matt Poll.
Naumann’s Thrush Turdus naumanni. Photo © Matt Poll.
Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus. Photo © Matt Poll.