They Will Come!
Ooh! It’s a bird footprint in our pond!
It hasn’t rained enough yet for the pond to fill up. So far, it’s just a big puddle. But that’s enough to arouse the interest of the local birds. This is probably the footprint of some kind of rail.
As soon as the pond was completed, it was immediately checked out by a Spotted Dove, Long-tailed Shrikes and a Grassbird.
Our caretaker Picio says he has seen Philippine Ducks scoping out the area and even landing there! Picio is pretty reliable with bird info. His eyesight is extremely sharp! He can spot things that I don’t see. Like this tiny baby pipit in a hole in the grass. We were walking from the pond back to the house when he took a sudden sidestep to avoid crushing this nest hidden in the grass.
And so we wait for the rain that will fill up the pond and bring in the cooler weather.
In the meantime, we bought more seedlings to plant when it starts raining regularly. We went back to Talisay, Batangas where there are a lot of trees for sale by the side of the main road. We stopped by one of them and found out that they have a huge, very impressive nursery a short drive away from the main road. They had the usual trees that are popular for tree farming like mahogany and gmelina, the ones popular for landscaping, and also some native trees like the agoho in the photo.
- mulawin (also called molave)
- kamagong (also called mabolo)
Only the camachile is “new” to our place. We already have mulawin and kamagong. Camachile is not native. It is an introduced species, and very thorny to boot. But it is also one of those very birdy trees. Birds like it a lot! I once spent many hours beside a camachile tree in Laoag while we were waiting for a Mandarin Duck to show up and I was amazed at the variety of birds that came and perched on the camachile tree.
Other interesting trees they had that we will probably go back for:
- dao – we already planted 5 before
- Ficus religiosa – this is not native, we want to get different kinds of native ficus
- malapapaya – he has to ball it out
- lipote – a different type from the one we bought before
- narra – might be good to have narra from different sources?
- banaba – cute purple flowers!
- aratiles – Picio thinks we should plant more
- tibig – a lot of the ones we planted died