August was a great month to be at the refuge. We hired people to remove the aroma growing near the cottage. We planted
Amugis trees and Leea shrubs. Tonji used the grass cutter to clear the hagonoy that took over the picnic lot after my failed Hagonoy Eradication Project No. 1. We saw lots of butterflies. We started construction on a new and improved horse bathing area and we are converting the old bathing area into storage areas. I’m going to have a super cute garden shed! And most exciting of all, we had two new birds for our Bird List!
Bird # 99
Tonji was on the phone when he saw two Coletos fly into the clump of trees in front of the cottage. They stayed for a minute, flew to the Aratiles next to the round pen, then disappeared.
Coletos are forest birds. Their habitat is described as forest, forest edge, and clearings. The pink around their eyes is bare skin! It is a Philippine endemic. We see them most frequently up north in Subic, Zambales.
Bird # 100
a sketch of the illustration in the Kennedy guide
No picture! Just a sketch and a story! Tonji was driving the car through the mango farm when he saw two adults and a chick crossing in front of him. They would go into the sides of the path and then emerge closer to him! We looked for them on our way home, but they didn’t show up. The next week we returned for a day trip so we could spend time looking for these birds. I think I saw the head of one pop out from the corner of the path as we were about to drive to a new spot. So, maybe I saw our 100th bird.
This bird is described in the Kennedy guide as uncommon. Ok, it really isn’t that common. In 2011, we drove to more than a hundred kilometers just to see this bird. The Kennedy guide also says it is crepuscular and solitary. Perhaps it behaves differently during breeding season.
We welcomed the arrival of the fast-flying migrants that eat up all the flies that multiplied during the rainy season.
Asian Palm Swift
We had breeding birds. We saw this family while we were waiting for the Ruddy-breasted Crake.
The male takes care of the babies!
It’s always nice to get good views of these guys.
Buff Banded Rail
And to end the day with an owl on the fence.
These are all the species we have seen at the sanctuary over the years, with notes on recent sightings.
Philippine Coucal on top of a mango tree
Lesser Coucal sunning itself in an Aroma bush
cute Bee Eaters
Intermediate Egret near the cottage
4 pied birds — Pied Bushchat
Pink-necked Green Pigeon in front of the cottage!
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Pink-necked in a favorite tall perch
Olive-backed Sunbird on Madre de Cacao
Notes on recent sightings
Wandering Whistling Duck
Anas luzonica had our highest count in January, 23 birds at one time
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus was common in 2017
Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax not common, first seen in August 2017
Eastern Cattle Egret
Ardea purpurea there’s one individual in the picnic area
Ardea intermedia there was one very close to the cottage in March, might have gotten blown in with the strong wind
Philippine Serpent Eagle
Circus melanoleucos Tali and Laiya!
Haliastur indus seen frequently
Gallirallus philippensis moved to picnic area, no longer near cottage
hear them a lot
not common, first seen in August 2017
Island Collared Dove
Streptopelia bitorquata good views of them perched on a wire on our access road
Red Turtle Dove
Spilopelia chinensis seen frequently
Macropygia tenuirostris February, 2 birds
Common Emerald Dove
Chalcophaps indica still haven’t taken a photo
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Treron vernans they seem to be more common now
Philippine Green Pigeon
Treron axillaris first seen in August 2017
Centropus viridis at the mango farm, on top of the trees
Centropus bengalensis at the picnic area and F.A.
Dasylophus superciliosus February at the sampaloc tree when it was fruiting
Eudynamys scolopaceus heard only
Eastern Grass Owl
Tyto longimembris seen frequently
Philippine Scops Owl
Otus megalotis heard only
Caprimulgus manillensis they used to be on the access road only, now near cottage also
Asian Palm Swift
Halcyon coromanda first seen in September 2017 when we had my cousins over! I didn’t see it!
Todiramphus chloris seen frequently
Merops philippinus seen frequently
Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker
Philippine Hanging Parrot/Colasisi
Erythropitta erythrogaster haven’t been hearing them
Pitta sordida haven’t been hearing them
Gerygone sulphurea seen frequently
Artamus leucorynchus seen frequently
Lalage nigra not near the cottage
Lanius cristatus seen frequently
Lanius schach seen frequently
Oriolus chinensis seen frequently
Philippine Pied Fantail
Rhipidura nigritorquis seen frequently
Hypothymis azurea takes effort to see
Corvus macrorhynchos seen frequently
Pycnonotus goiavier seen frequently
Hypsipetes philippinus seen more frequently and closer to the cottage than before, I think there are more of them now
Kamchatka Leaf Warbler
Japanese Leaf Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus stentoreus not common, first seen in August 2017
Megalurus palustris seen frequently
Asian Glossy Starling
Copsychus luzoniensis heard at cement bridge
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Pied Bush Chat
Saxicola caprata seen frequently
Cinnyris jugularis seen frequently in groups in the flowering madre de cacao
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus seen frequently
Lonchura leucogastra not common, first seen in August 2017
Lonchura atricapilla seen frequently
We are now at 84 in our list of birds seen in our place!
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