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AWC January 20, 2013
Candaba Marsh

Two sites were covered this year namely, Brgy. Simang, the front pond and back pond of the mayor’s resthouse and Brgy Perlas, another pond owned by the mayor.
 
The fields have been drained and already planted to rice in December.  With all the fields devoid of water, the flocks of egrets that used to roost at he mayor's row of eucalyptus trees were nowhere in sight.

Despite the typhoon late last year, the mayor's ponds have been drained resulting in lower water level and the invasive water hyacinths and other vegetation have covered huge portions (more than 50%) of the water surface.

With all the above factors, water birds seen in the area were obviously much lesser.

Our total tally was a disappointing 1631 water birds only led by Black-crowned Night-Heron (637), Grey Heron (269), Wandering Whistling-Duck (127).  Note pointing out were the presence of the Wandering Whistling Duck compared to two birds recorded last year. Ivan Sarenas flew over the Arayat area a few days ago and noted the resident flock of Wandering Whistling Duck in the Arayat lakes were nowhere to be found.

In the Perlas site, another property owned by the mayor, most of the ducks have taken refuge here.  The total count for waterbirds is 3744. Taking the lead are Philippine Ducks (3252), Wandering Whistling Ducks (104), Garganey (102). Noteworthy were 63 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas.

DENR noted that their count in Pantabangan Dam (Nueva Ecija) a few days ago, included Garganey at 1000+ which they have not recorded before.

Brgy Simang
Total: 1642 birds
Counters:
Front pond: Mike Lu, Gina Mapua, Abby Santos, Jelaine Gan
Back pond: Tinggay Cinco, Diuvs de Jesus, Ruth Francisco, Des Cambaliza


View of Mt Arayat from Brgy Simang

WBCP volunteers and DENR region 3 personnel
consolidating tally

Little Grebe – 6
Yellow Bittern – 20
Cinnamon Bittern – 3
Black Bittern – 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron – 637
Cattle Egret – 8
Little Egret – 63
Intermediate Egret – 18
Great Egret – 1
Purple Heron – 107
Grey Heron – 269
Egret sp – 105
Wandering Whistling Duck – 127
Common Teal -12
Philippine Duck – 117
Northern Shoveler – 1, F
Tufted Duck – 57
Duck sp – 22
Barred Rail – 2
White-browed Crake – 6
White-breasted Waterhen – 9
Common Moorhen – 21
Purple Swamphen – 4
Tern sp – 14
Eastern Marsh Harrier – 1
Common Kingfisher – 8
White-throated Kingfisher – 1
Collared Kingfisher - 1
                  
Brgy. Perlas
Total: 3758 birds
Counters: Ivan Sarenas and DENR Region 3 personnel


WBCP volunteers counting the ducks in Brgy Perlas

Yellow Bittern – 26
Little Egret – 117
Intermediate Egret – 5
Great Egret – 1
Purple Heron – 16
Grey Heron – 17
Wandering Whistling Duck – 104
Philippine Duck – 3252
Northern Pintail – 14
Northern Shoveler – 10
Garganey – 102
Common Moorhen – 1
Pheasant-tailed Jacana – 63
Wood Sandpiper – 4
Common Sandpiper – 8
Whiskered Tern – 15
Common Kingfisher – 3