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Days 2 through 4 were filled with work, jetlag recovery, and rain. No new photos from those days, and the only new birds were
a handful of "proper" Ring-necked Pheasants foraging on a soccer field on Yongsan Army Base. I spent today hiking around the
northwestern coast of South Korea. I took the subway to Inchon, a taxi to the internation district Wolmido, then a ferry to
Yeongjong Island. The island is known as a great migration spot, so I was hoping to run into some migrant shorebirds. Although fairly
dry in that department, it was a very satisfying day. Above and below: Black-tailed Gull (Larus classirostris; Korean name:
Gwaengigalmaegi), an abundant resident along the Korean coast.
Below: Immature Black-tailed Gulls
Below: Bean Goose (Anser fabalis serrirostris; Keungireogi)
Below: Bull-headed Shrike, Juvenile (Lanius bucephalus; Ttaekkachi)
Below three: Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis; Jikbakguri)
Below two: Coal Tit (Parus ater; Jinbaksae)
Below: "Vega" Gull (Larus vegae or Larus argentatus, depending on who you ask; Jaegalmaegi)
See Nial Moores's "Consideration of 'The Herring Gull Assemblage' in South Korea"
Below: Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra; Muldak)
Below four: A few lower-quality shots. Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea; Waegari)
Below: Little Grebes (foreground) (Tachybaptus ruficollis; Nonbyeong-ari)
Below: Greenshank (Tringa nebularia; Cheongdaridoyo)
Below: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus; Jungburidoyo)
Full bird list from the day on Yeongjongdo and Wolmido: Little Grebes (~20 in various impoundments),
Temminck's Cormorant (1 juvenile seen from ferry to Yeongjongdo), Gray Herons (~15), Great Egrets (~8), Little Egrets (~25),
Bean Goose (1, serrirostris subspecies), Spot-billed Ducks (100+), Eurasian Coots (~10), Whimbrel (1; high on flats), Redshanks (1-2),
Greenshanks (~12), Black-tailed Gulls (500+), "Vega" Gulls (5), Rock Pigeons, Rufous Turtle Doves (3), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1),
Barn Swallows (AKA House Swallows, 3), Gray Wagtails (2), Brown-eared Bulbuls (20+, Wolmido Park), Bull-headed Shrikes (1 ad., 1 imm.),
thrush sp. (1), Marsh Tit (1), Coal Tits (5), bunting sp. (~20), Eurasian Tree Sparrows (30+), Eurasian Magpies (20+).
Korean Bugs and Such
Above: This Comma species was the most common butterfly species on Yeongjongdo.
Scenes from Yeongjongdo
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Comments:  All photographs taken on Wolmido and Yeongjongdo, Korea (10/2/2005).