I think the first bird I saw on my trip was Grey Heron, along with a bunch of Pacific Golden Plover somewhere near the Aam-Dearo area, plus loads of frustratingly distant gulls and other waders.
My first trip out with Grant was to the woods opposite his flat in Gun-dong, a nice hilly wood that turns up some good stuff. In fact we had 5 species of Woodpecker whilst standing in one area - White-backed, Great, Grey-headed, Pygmy and the least common one, Grey-capped (Pygmy) Woodpecker which surprised Grant as he had never seen one in his local wood. I only once again saw all 5 species together and that was in a Cemetery area near Wolpyeong Park that I was to spend many hours recording and birding in during the trip. This area is reached by walking a couple of miles along a river south of Gun-dong which could be quite busy at times, then got to along a path into the forest, this was to prove a perfect location, and very quiet (apart from the noisy building work on the other bank of the river).
The river was a good place to get migrants and was a regular place to see or hear Black-faced Buntings plus Olive-backed Pipits flying over. The sounds of birds in the cemetery forest were quite audible from below and White's Thrush could regularly be heard on the first visits and probably the easiest thrush to see as they were clearly nesting in here, with a max of 5 on one occasion. Plus regularly Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and Blue and White Flycatcher could be heard too. The other thrush that was on territory here was Grey-backed Thrush (Turdus hortulorum) and that was extremely hard to get anywhere near, though I did record it using my upturned umbrella.... I mean professional Chris Watson type parabolic scientific aparatus of course.
|Dragon Swallowtail - pale morph|
|Dragon Swallowtail - dark morph|
|Lilacene Bush Brown in the Cemetery|
|Eyebrowed Thrush looking at me looking at him|
|View south along cycle track showing the woodland south of the cemetery|
Another bird that was present along the riverside later with a 'tropical' song was the Manchurian Bush Warbler, I got a distant recording of one here:
|Some kind of white heron|
|Korean Red Squirrel|