Sunday, January 29, 2012

Last week's Geoje-do birds

A secret valley filled with Yellow-throated Buntings
Half way up Parrotbill Mountain
Parrotbill Mountain
The view from my window - good for lazy gulling!
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
female Baikal Teal Anas formosa
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus in pale light
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
  The weather for the first couple of weeks in January was unseasonably warm - up to 12° C (53°F) during the day.  Here are a few of the birds I ran into on these sunny days.  Daurian Redstarts have a habit of leading me down the trail like an impatient spirit guide, creaking their squeaky hinge creak.
  There is a salt-water canal right outside my window, and one of the first things I do every morning is scan the rafts of gulls and ducks for anything interesting.

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