Harriers and Ducks

It’s so good to be back at the refuge after a long absence and see that things have gotten bigger, greener, lusher! And we had had a big surprise. There were two Pied Harriers! It’s a different pair of Pied Harriers from the ones we had last year. These ones last year were a male and female. These ones are both brown, so maybe a female and an immature? Two females. One of them perched on the bamboo fence, just like old times! Makes us think it’s the same female from last year.

Pied Harrier perched on a bamboo fence
Is that you Laiya?

We also saw 4 Philippine Ducks. Tonji saw them swimming in the big pond when he was cutting the paths in that area. The dogs and I saw them on the path beside the smallest pond. The path was newly cut and they were on the short grass.

two Philippine Ducks in flight

This was short visit inspect things and make plans. We planted 20 more Narra seedlings and 20 Duhat seedlings that we grew from seeds. This year we are boosting our seedlings with vermicast made at home from horse poop compost. We’re hoping this makes our trees even bigger, greener, and lusher this year!

More Tree Planting

We had an unseasonably sunny spell! So, these little babies were on hold. No planting first until it rains more. Tonji says there is a short La Niña and that it should start raining again soon. Crossing fingers. Everything looks nice and lush though.

Kulis, Kalabuyo, and Wayang
Kulis, Kalabuyo, and Wayang, August 2016

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Philippine Teak

We have 3 Philippine Teak seedlings! Yey!! They were given to us by our neighbor Dr. Ed Gomez. They came from the beautiful tree that he planted at the back of the U.P. Diliman Marine Science Institute compound. The tree is featured in the book Shades of Majesty 88 Philippine Native Trees. Continue reading “Philippine Teak”

Tree Planting 2016

It’s rainy season, time to plant the seedlings! These were grown from seeds that were planted in October 2015. They are the biggest of the seedlings we have growing in the tree nursery. A lot of the seedlings have grown so robustly that their tap roots have struck out of the bag and are growing into the soil of the nursery floor.  Uh oh, we will have to do some careful digging to get them out of the nursery.

Palomaria
Palomaria

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