Tibig Fruits

The Tibig we planted in 2012 has fruits! Look at how it’s grown!

We planted this tree beside the creek. Some say these trees can help recharge a natural spring. It’s usually found near water, so maybe it just grows where there is a lot of water rather than the tree causing the water levels to somehow increase. Or it could be both!

We’re collecting the seeds so we can plant more Tibig along the creek. The seeds are tiny!

November 2012
December 2013
July 2017
The ripe fruits are yellow-orange


Tibig seeds set out to dry


Bird List for the Farm

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


August 2017

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




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

Cadena de Amor

Antigonon leptopus

Family: Polygonaceae

Common Name: Cadena de Amor, Coral Vine

Origin: Mexico, introduced in the Philippines


Guidebook to Grassland Plants  A Resource Material for Biology Teachers

University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

This is a climbing woody vine with heart-shaped wrinkled leaves. It is a perennial and forms underground tubers and large rootstocks. I saw photos of the large roots in Phytoimages. It is a smothering vine and can cover other plants. It is also very pretty and can be used to cover fences or climb trellises. The one photographed is growing on a Madre de Cacao tree.




three-angled seed that can float on water


Muntingia calabura

Family: Muntingiaceae

Common Name: Aratiles, Strawberry Tree, Jamaican Cherry, Mansanita

Origin: tropical Americas, introduced in the Philippines and other areas

Reference: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk

This tree fruits year round. Many Filipinos of a certain age have childhood memories of  the fruit straight from the tree! We planted several of these non-native (though naturalized) trees as a year-round food source for birds and bats.


It is a small, spreading tree. According to some websites it can be grown in pots.