Migratory Birds in Taehwa River


Summer Migratory Birds

The egrets that visit Samho Bamboo Forest every spring are representative summer migratory birds that visit Korea, with about 9,000 egrets breeding from April to September. This scale is the largest breeding ground for egrets in Korea. In addition, Samho Bamboo Forest is the only place where you can see all 7 species of egrets visiting Korea. Black-crowned night herons, Chinese pond herons, cattle egrets, little egrets, intermediate egrets, large egrets, and herons nest on bamboo and feed on fish, amphibians, and insects in the Taehwa River and nearby farmlands during the day and return to the bamboo forest after sunset to sleep. Storks, which were known to have become extinct in Korea, also visit the Taehwa River in recent years, telling us that the ecosystem has been reviving.


Intermediate egrets

Black-crowned night herons

Winter Migratory Birds

Rooks are representative winter migratory birds that visit Ulsan. They fly from the Siberia region from mid-October every year to winter until March of the following year. The total number of rooks and jackdaws is about 130,000, and they eat down grain and grass seeds in the wide farmland around Ulsan during the day and flock to the Samho Bamboo Forest at sunset. The group dances that cover the sky every evening just before sunset and just before sunrise at dawn are spectacular. In addition, dozens of species of ducks and cormorants, which are representative winter migratory birds, can be easily observed throughout the winter in the Taehwa and Oehang River estuaries.

Group Dance of Rooks

Group Dance of Rooks

Group Dance of Rooks

Why do egrets and rooks visit Samho Bamboo Forest at Taehwa River in Ulsan?

The Taehwagang Samho Bamboo Forest is very safe from natural enemies as well as people's access, so it has good conditions for breeding and sleeping. It is also because food is abundant in nearby areas, including the Taehwa River. This shows that the natural environment of Ulsan, including the Taehwa River, has improved, and is of high value as an ecotourism destination that promotes the eco-city of Ulsan.


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