Friday, March 16, 2012

Eurasian Hoopoe

Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops (March 31, 2011, Jeju Island)
  Thankfully pronounced 'who-poo', the Hoopoe is the ultimate punk-rock bird.  These D-Day stripe-winged birds show up in farming towns in small numbers every spring and fall in Korea, but have a habit of turning up at random times year-round.  One was just spotted on Jeju a week ago.  'Hututi' in Korean,  by the way.
  Also spotted on Jeju over the past week: 10 Oriental Plovers!  My Korean birding friend Young Ho and I spent three consecutive springs fruitlessly searching for one on Jeju, so naturally 10 show up my first spring away.  
  I was going to cruise down to the southeast of the island to have a look for any early migrants today, but it's looking rainy.  A lot of Little Egrets on the salt-water canal outside my apartment lately - at least 30.

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