Northeast Jeju, May 21

Bird news from Mathew Poll, Young Ho Kim, with David and Heather McDowell


A nice mix of fog and sun, for a full day of showing visiting birders around the island. In an evergreen forest near the northeast coast, we got good looks at a Eurasian Jay, and great close views of a Japanese Paradise Flycatcher. Nearby, a Common Cuckoo was seen, while several Lesser Cuckoos were heard only, while three late Upland Buzzards were a surprise circling overhead.

At Hado, a single Eurasian Wigeon and Black-faced Spoonbill were reminders of the winter. At least two dozen Black-winged Stilts, and two Black-tailed Godwit were also notable at Hado. Nearby, a Chinese Egret was a great treat to watch, as it stalked fish close to the coastal road.

At the Arboretum it looks like the female White-bellied Green Pigeon has not returned this year, although Young Ho spotted a male near the northeast coast about a month ago.


Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata


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