Awesome birdy August

We are having an awesome birdy August! We added three more new birds to the farm bird list! That makes SIX new birds for August!

  • Striated heron Butorides striata
  • Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephaus stentoreus
  • Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urosticus
  • White-bellied Munia Lonchura locugastra 
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake Ponzana fusca
  • Philippine Green Pigeon (formerly known as Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron axillaris
Yellow-wattled Bulbul

We’ve now seen three kinds of bulbuls at the farm:

  • Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus goiavier – One of the most common birds at the farm. It’s a garden bird and is never found in mature forests.
  • Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus – This is a forest bird! It is usually seen in forest edge and advanced second growth. I always keep an eye out for these birds because I think they assist in reforestation by bringing in different seeds from forest trees and plants. I’ve been seeing more of them in our area. 
  • Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus – Another forest bird like the Philippine Bulbul. It is usually seen in lowland early second growth and forest edge. I only saw one bird that perched in front of me for a few seconds. Maybe we’ll be seeing more of them as our area becomes more and more forest-like.

We also had a returning bird. A few years ago, we had two Pied Harriers Circus melanoleucos, a female and an immature, that hung around the farm for three months. This was in November 2013 until January 2014. Then they both disappeared. Later in 2014, we saw a female Pied Harrier. We wondered, was this the same female? Did something happen to the immature? There were no more sightings in 2015 and 2016. Then this month we saw a female Pied Harrier! It’s possible that it’s the same one from 2013!

Pied Harrier

This month I also had my best views ever of Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea at the farm! I thought that I would be seeing a lot of these birds in our area. In the early days, I even wrote about seeing one when we first toured the farm and how it was a “sign”! But, they weren’t as easy to see as I imagined they would be .. until now!

Black-naped Monarch, female

This month, they were right near the house and very visible!

Black-naped Monarch, male

We are only halfway through August! I’m looking forward to the rest of the month!





Perseids and Pompadours

We’ve now seen 89 birds at the farm! We had three new birds this weekend:

  • White-bellied Munia Lonchura locugastra 
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake Ponzana fusca
  • Philippine Green Pigeon (formerly known as Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron axillaris



I happened to bring a camera that weekend to take bird pictures. When I looked at my photos, I was surprised to see a Philippine Green Pigeon mixed in with the flock of Pink-necked Green Pigeons!

It was also the weekend of the Perseids meteor shower. The peak of the meteor shower, when you could view up to 50 meteors an hour, was supposed to be late evening up to early morning.

We set up early knowing that farm nights usually end very early for us! We had cold drinks, snacks, and a mat for Momo and Barkley. Bats danced overhead. Soon there were firelies around us and owls calling.


When it was dark a Grass Owl perched on the bamboo fence in front of us. I peered up at the sky through binoculars. The stars were beautiful and endless! Then one star would start moving and I would follow it with the binoculars! There was only a short window of time when the skies were clear. Later that evening, the skies in the north eastern part of the sky were covered in clouds.

photo by Tonji

Behind us there were still clear skies and even more stars. If you look closely at the photo, you can see a firefly coming in to land beside the lamp near the house.





Bird List for the Farm

This is the most current list of the birds we have seen at the farm.


August 2017

  • Striated heron Butorides striata
  • Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephaus stentoreus
  • Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urosticus
  • White-bellied Munia Lonchura locugastra 
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake Ponzana fusca
  • Philippine Green Pigeon (formerly known as Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron axillaris
Yellow-wattled Bulbul
Philippine Green Pigeon and Pink-necked Green Pigeon



These are some photos taken on site of the birds at the farm. Most of the photos were taken by Tonji.  More bird photos on  Tonji and Sylvia’s Bird List.


  1. Philippine Duck  Anas luzonica
  2. King Quail (Blue-breasted Quail) Excalfactoria chinensis
  3. Cinnamon Bittern  Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
  4. Striated Heron Butorides striata
  5. Eastern Cattle Egret (Cattle Egret) Bubulcus coromandus
  6. Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
  7. Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea
  8. Great Egret  Ardea alba
  9. Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia
  10. Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
  11. Philippine Serpent Eagle (Crested Serpent-Eagle) Spilornis holospilus HO
  12. Japanese Sparrowhawk  Accipiter gularis
  13. Pied Harrier  Circus melanoleucos
  14. Brahminy Kite  Haliastur indus
  15. Barred Rail  Gallirallus torquatus
  16. Buff-banded Rail  Gallirallus philippensis
  17. Plain Bush-hen  Amaurornis olivacea
  18. White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus   
  19. Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca
  20. Spotted Buttonquail  Turnix ocellatus
  21. Barred Buttonquail  Turnix suscitator
  22. Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum
  23. snipe sp
  24. Rock Dove  Columba livia
  25. Island Collared Dove Streptopelia bitorquata
  26. Red Turtle Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
  27. Spotted Dove  Spilopelia chinensis
  28. Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris
  29. Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
  30. Zebra Dove  Geopelia striata
  31. Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans
  32. Philippine Green Pigeon Treron axillaris
  33. Philippine Coucal  Centropus viridis
  34. Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis
  35. Rough-crested Malkoha Dasylophus superciliosus
  36. Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx pectoralis (heard only)
  37. Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris
  38. Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis
  39. Philippine Nightjar  Caprimulgus manillensis
  40. Glossy Swiftlet  Collocalia esculenta
  41. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
  42. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
  43. Collared Kingfisher (White-collared Kingfisher) Todiramphus chloris
  44. Indigo-banded Kingfisher  Ceyx cyanopectus
  45. Blue-tailed Bee-eater  Merops philippinus
  46. Coppersmith Barbet  Megalaima haemacephala
  47. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculatus
  48. Common Kestrel (Eurasian Kestrel) Falco tinnunculus
  49. Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
  50. Philippine Hanging Parrot/Colasisi Loriculus philippensis 
  51. Red-bellied Pitta  Erythropitta erythrogaster
  52. Hooded Pitta  Pitta sordida
  53. Golden-bellied Gerygone  Gerygone sulphurea
  54. White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus
  55. Pied Triller  Lalage nigra
  56. Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus
  57. Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach
  58. Black-naped Oriole  Oriolus chinensis
  59. Philippine Pied Fantail Rhipidura nigritorquis
  60. Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea
  61. Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos
  62. Oriental Skylark  Alauda gulgula
  63. Yellow-wattled Bulbul Pycnonotus urostictus
  64. Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus goiavier
  65. Philippine Bulbul Hypsipetes philippinus
  66. Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
  67. Pacific Swallow  Hirundo tahitica
  68. Striated Swallow (Red-rumped Swallow) Cecropis striolata
  69. Kamchatka Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus examinandus
  70. Japanese Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus xanthodryas
  71. Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus (possible Oriental Reed Warbler or maybe Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler but we’re calling it Clamorous)
  72. Striated Grassbird  Megalurus palustris
  73. Tawny Grassbird  Megalurus timoriensis
  74. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
  75. Grey-backed Tailorbird  Orthotomus derbianus
  76. Lowland White-eye  Zosterops meyeni
  77. Asian Glossy Starling  Aplonis panayensis
  78. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis  Rhabdornis mystacalis
  79. Philippine Magpie-Robin Copsychus mindanensis
  80. White-browed Shama  Copsychus luzoniensis
  81. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher  Cyornis rufigastra
  82. Siberian Rubythroat  Calliope calliope
  83. Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
  84. Red-keeled Flowerpecker Dicaeum australe
  85. Pygmy Flowerpecker Dicaeum pygmaeum
  86. Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis
  87. Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus
  88. Scaly-breasted Munia  Lonchura punctulata
  89. White-bellied Munia Lonchura leucogastra
  90. Chestnut Munia  Lonchura atricapilla
  91. Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea
  92. Paddyfield Pipit (Richard’s Pipit) Anthus rufulus