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Bangrin Marine Protected Area, Bani, Pangasinan - 1/22-23/12

SITE/LOCALITY: Bangrin (Brgy San Miguel), Pataga (Brgy Aporao), Brgy Luac,
Surip (Brgy Centro Toma), Olanen (Brgy Dacap Sur)
CITY: Bani
PROVINCE: Pangasinan

START DATE: 1/22/2012
END DATE: 1/23/2012
TIME IN FIELD: 8 hours

OTHER BIRDERS PRESENT: Rene Calado, Jr, Tere Cervero, Adrian Constantino, John Mesquida, Alex Tiongco

ENVIRONMENT CONDITION: Sunny and cloudless. On day 1 approaching high tide, on day 2 beginning at the low tide.

TRIP NOTE S: AWC plus general survey by request of the office of Mayor Cel Navarro. We birded mainly at the Bangrin Marine Protected Area (which includes the Mangrove sanctuary and part of the Bani river) but also at the fields and fishponds of Brgys. Aporao and Luac which were on the way there. Brgy Aporao is the jump off point to go to the Mangrove sanctuary. We also did incidental birding at Surip and Olanen, where we were taken for some sight seeing and where we were lodged respectively. AWC count was 13,488 waterbirds, with at least 30 species seen. Besides the thousands of egrets leaving the mangrove roosting site early in the morning and flocks of Philippine ducks flying above the mangroves, other highlights included seeing 22 osprey all perched on the fishpen nets within a space of 1 km and seeing a flock of 40+ silky starlings in the mangrove- a lifer for everyone in the group.

For pictures of a silky starling seen during the trip, please click on the
following links:



1. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 4
2. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 200
3. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 2
4. Great Egret Ardea alba 3,000
5. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia 100
6. Little Egret Egretta garzetta 6,000
7. Little Heron (Striated Heron) Butorides striata 50
8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 1
9. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 1,100 possible rookery
in mangrove sanctuary
10. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus 1
11. Philippine Duck Anas luzonica 250
12. Osprey Pandion haliaetus 22 perched on fishpen fences, all within a 1
km range!
13. Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus 2
14. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus 7
15. White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea 1
16. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 15
17. Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 11
18. Little Ringed-Plover Charadrius dubius 15
19. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 325
20. Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 3
21. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 4
22. Common Redshank Tringa totanus 327
23. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 227
24. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 5
25. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 11
26. Grey-tailed Tattler Heteroscelus brevipes 4
27. Rufous-necked Stint (Red-necked Stint ) Calidris ruficollis 9
28. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta 4
29. Wader/ Shorebird sp. Charadriidae/ Scolopacidae sp. 311
30. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 92
31. White-winged Tern (White-winged Black Tern) Chlidonias leucopterus 1
32. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 1500
33. Island Collared-Dove Streptopelia bitorquata 5
34. Red Turtle-Dove (Red Collared-Dove) Streptopelia tranquebarica 22
35. Spotted Dove (Spotted-necked Dove) Streptopelia chinensis 2
36. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata 20
37. Scale-feathered Malkoha Lepidogrammus cumingi 1 HO at Surip
38. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis 1 seen in grassfields along highway
in town
39. Philippine Eagle-Owl Bubo philippensis 1 HO at Olanen
40. Brown Hawk-Owl Ninox scutulata 1 HO at Olanen
41. Philippine Hawk-Owl Ninox philippensis 1 HO at Olanen
42. Great Eared Nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis 1 HO at Olanen
43. Swift/ Swiftlet sp. Apodidae sp. x
44. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 3
45. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 2
46. White-collared Kingfisher (Collared Kingfisher) Todirhamphus
chloris 39 seen at Brgy Luac fields
47. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus 15 seen at Brgy Luac fields
48. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica 50
49. Pied Triller Lalage nigra 1
50. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier 2
51. Philippine Bulbul Ixos philippinus 1 HO at Surip
52. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos 2 seen at Brgy Luac fields
53. Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis 1 HO at Olanen singing in the
54. Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata 3
55. Golden-bellied Flyeater (Golden-bellied Gerygone) Gerygone
sulphurea 10
56. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris 6 seen at Brgy Luac fields and
Brgy Aporao
57. Zitting Cisticola (Fan-tailed Cisticola) Cisticola juncidis 2 seen
at Brgy Luac Fields
58. Warbler sp. Syllvidae sp. 1 HO
59. Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica 25
60. Richard's Pipit (Paddyfield Pipit or Oriental Pipit) Anthus
richardi 3 seen at Brgy Luac fields
61. Wagtail/ Pipit sp. Motacillidae sp 1
62. White-breasted Wood-swallow Artamus leucorynchus 2 seen in grassfields
along highway in town
63. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach 3
64. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus 5
65. Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis 12
66. Silky Starling (Red-billed Starling) Sturnus sericeus 47 :-) a
lifer for the whole group
67. Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus 31
68. Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis 2 seen in town
69. Flowerpecker sp. Dicaeidae 2
70. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus x seen at Brgy Luac fields and
Brgy Aporao
71. Java Sparrow Lonchura oryzivora 4 seen at Brgy Luac fields
72. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata 50 seen at Brgy Luac fields
73. Chestnut Munia (Black-headed Munia) Lonchura malacca 5 seen at Brgy
Luac fields