|Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus|
|Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens|
|Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia with Great Egret Ardea alba|
|Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana|
|Gadwall Anas strepera|
|Greater Scaup Aythya marila|
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago|
|Looking north towards downtown Gangneung, from my side of the river|
|Proudly and constantly covered in tokebis|
Red-billed Starlings remain fixtures in my neighbourhood, with 14 seen squabbling over persimmons at dawn. The Oriental Stork lingers on the Namdaechon, and four Common Snipe were counted along various reedy streams. Common Gull numbers have swelled to over 40 on the lake, among seven species of gull. Once again I forced myself to stare into the rafts of gulls for a lot longer than I have in the past. If you ain’t tryin’ you dyin’.
A flock of Far Eastern Skylark that conservatively numbered 90 birds rippled low over the fields near the lake. The day ended with an initially puzzling, flighty pipit that turned out to be a Buff-bellied – always worth ruling out more exotic options, innit.
Since I hit ‘both’ spots on Saturday, I decided to explore the river and valleys west of town on Sunday. With ominous dark finger-clouds of doom looming above, an odd, living wind lashed the countryside, making for a decidedly unbirdy morning. I walked up a long valley crowded with an unsettling blend of small factories, redneck dog farms, and designer homes, before getting to a reservoir that was almost completely devoid of waterfowl. Hell, it was worth a try, anyway. A Eurasian Spoonbill with a wedge of 42 Great Egrets was the highlight on the river.