|Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata|
|Eurasian Teal Anas crecca|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major japonicus|
|Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus|
|Japanese Wagtail Motacilla grandis|
|Japanese Waxwing Bombycilla japonica|
|Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus|
|Chinese Penduline Tit Remiz consobrinus|
|Varied Tit Sittiparus varius|
|Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata|
|Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica|
|Common Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus|
|Siberian Chipmunk Eutamias sibiricus|
On the morning of March 24th, Suncheon Bay’s Hooded Crane numbers were down in the low 400s (from a personal high count of more than 800 in mid-February), and I saw my first Barn Swallows of the year. Soon after, two Chestnut-eared Buntings were seen near the entrance to the touristy area. Five days later, while on a walk to the bay along the river, I spotted a Wood Sandpiper pacing a small flooded field, and got great looks at a confiding Japanese Wagtail. At the bay itself, an oiled Red-throated Loon was seen paddling aimlessly on a small artificial pond.
On April 2nd, in a large field near the park, I encountered four Stejneger’s Stonechat (my first of the year), a Hen Harrier, and small groups of Chinese Penduline Tit, as well as Pallas’s and Common Reed Bunting still. On the 8th, small numbers of Intermediate Egret and Common Sandpiper were seen along the river, probably fresh in, while Barn Swallow numbers swelled daily.
A Chestnut-eared Bunting and several Little Buntings were also seen. On an early morning trip to Bay on April 10, the highlight came when I surprised a Eurasian Bittern at close range in a quiet reedy pond, and it hesitantly flushed, showing its spectacular tiger-stripe pattern well.