Monday, September 30, 2013

Jeju east coast sites, September 19, 2013

Hado horses
Temminck's Cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus
juvenile Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus with Garganey Anas querquedula
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
odd-looking White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
  A lovely sunny day off for a long drive around coastal sites mostly on the east coast of Jeju. Shorebird numbers were pretty low, and the winter ducks have yet to arrive in force, with mostly single-digit numbers of Spot-billed Ducks at most sites. Several early Garganey were spotted near Seongsan, in the company of three Black-winged Stilts. Three Little Grebe in summer plumage were seen nearby, as well as single Common Greenshank and Common Redshank. Active Common Sandpipers were noted at most sites, with perhaps two dozen seen on the day. Also in the area, five Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Raptors were represented by patrolling Osprey and Peregrine Falcon.
  Hado was very quiet, with a spotty juvenile Grey-streaked Flycatcher seen.
At Pyeoson, 14 Red-necked Stints, as well as several Sanderling and Kentish Plover worked a quiet section of beach.
In Seogwipo, 5 Red-necked Stints fed in the harbour, while the hills around town held two mysterious Cuckoos, which were unfortunately silent. I'll deal with them in a separate post soon. In a riverside park, a female-type Mandarin duck (male eclipse?) with a pink bill paddled on a quiet bit of river. An odd White Wagtail with a buffy-white head (leucistic?) was spotted nearby. Japanese White-eyes were feeding on berries at a number of sites.

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