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Tanza, Navotas, NCR

Location: Sitio Pulo, Tanza, Navotas
January 11, 2006
9:20 am to 12:55 pm
Bushnell 60x; Bushnell 60x; Leica 80x; Bushnell 60x
Observers: Mads Bajarias, Mark Villa, DENR-NCR personnel led by Rey Aguinaldo

Trip Report by Mads Bajarias
Birdlist by Mads Bajarias & Mark Villa

Trip Report

If I'm not mistaken this is the third year running that club members, in coordination with DENR, have counted the shorebirds in the same stretchof bay in Navotas. By sheer will power, DENR's Rey Aguinaldo has given a boost to his office by investing in spotting scopes and Kennedy bird guides. He also seemed to have wrangled some funding for his office to do the counts in regular intervals.

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern

The rather sad news is that due to some inter-office reshuffles, a few of the employees under Rey who've birded with club members in Navotas are now assigned to different divisions/bureaus. I had hoped that by bringing the same set of DENR people, they'd gain some information on waterbird ID and such. But this time, except for Rey and another employee, Lea, all the rest were new to the problems unique to the Philippine shorebird birding.

Yellow Bittern
Yellow Bittern

One good thing: There were more Chinese Egrets this time: 29 . Perversely, they congregate in the mouth of the dirty stream where the squatter houses stand in Sitio Pulo. This seems to be a consistent spot for them as I have observed in the last 2 1/2 years.

1. Great Egret Egretta alba. 42
2. Eastern Reef-Egret Egretta sacra. 1
3. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia. 1
4. Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes. 29
5. Little Egret Egretta garzetta. 56
6. Little Heron Butorides striatus. 5
7. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis. 1
8. Osprey Pandion haliaetus. 3
9. Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola. 4
10. Asian Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva. 65
11. Little Ringed-Plover Charadrius dubius. 5
12. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus. 1,449
13. Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus. 162
14. Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii. 10
15. Common Redshank Tringa tetanus. 26
16. Common Greenshank Tringa erythropus. 70
17. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola. 1
18. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos. 7
19. Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus. 2
20. Sanderling Calidris alba. 1
21. Rufous-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis. 361
22. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta. 8
23. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea. 53
24. Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus. 23
25. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus. 685
26. White-collared Kingfisher Halcyon chloris. 8