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Coastal Road Lagoons

Last January DENR NCR agreed to conduct quarterly monitoring of their important wetlands. Unfortunately no one from the Club was available so I went alone with DENR to the lagoons of Coastal Road where we did the excellent interior of the Mangrove Island as well. Every little pond there was full of Wood sandpipers and the total count of nearly 1300 Tringa waders makes this locality extraordinary important also from and international perspective. More than 600 Wood sandpipers is a very high figure for a coastal locality . perhaps an indication that inland wetlands and rice fields are drying up. Tambo mudflats was empty for birds but a good number was observed in the PEA Lake of Asean Business Park. This is on of the preferred hightide roost areas.

Arne Jensen

PEA-Coastal

LOCALITY: COASTAL ROAD LAGOONS (INCLUDING MUDFLATS AROUND MANGROVE ISLAND, THE ISLANDS INTERIOR, MANGROVES AND MUDFLATS SOUTH OF GUARD POST, ITALIA-THAI CORP TO ZAPOTE RIVER)
Date : Friday, March 26, 2004
Time : 07.15 – 12.15
Weather : No wind-seabreeze from W, 1-2/8 cloud cover, morning slight pollution haze, but later clear visibility, + 28-32 C.
Observers : Lea Orcilla , DENR NCR and Arne Jensen
Species and numbers :
(Obs. high tide: no birds in South Lagoon. Birds concentrated in narrow band along mangrove of North Lagoon and in ponds of island interior (Wood Sandpiper)

1. Grey Heron - 17
2. Great Egret - 13
3. Intermediate Egret - 1
4. Little Egret - 184
5. Black-crowned Night-Heron - 2
6. Rufous Night-Heron - 1
7. Little Heron - 3
8. Yellow Bittern - 1
9. Barred Rail - 2
10. Moorhen - 7
11. Peregrine Falcon - 1 ssp calidus juv. female making great close-up show
12. Asian Golden-Plover - 3
13. Little Ringed-Plover - 9
14. Kentish Plover - 6
15. Common Redshank - 30
16. Common Greenshank - 240
17. Common Sandpiper - 8
18. Marsh Sandpiper - 438
19. Tringa sp - 210
20. Wood Sandpiper - 619
21. Rufous-necked Stint - 20
22. Long-toed Stint - 6
23. Sharp-tailed sandpiper - 1 in partial summer plum.
24. Ruff - 2
25. Oriental Prantincole - 2
26. Black-winged Stilt - 107
27. Whiskered Tern - 520
28. Island Collared Dove - 1
29. Spotted Dove - 4
30. Zebra Dove - 2
31. Common Kingfisher - 2
32. White-collared Kingfisher - 1
33. Barn Swallow - 20+
34. Yellow-vented Bulbul - 2
35. Arctic Warbler - 3
36. Clamorous Reed-Warbler - 18+
37. Striated Grassbird - 3
38. Fantail Flycatcher - 2
39. Grey Wagtail - 3
40. Yellow Wagtail - 1
41. Brown Shrike - 2
42. Tree Sparrow - 20+
43. Chestnut Munia - 30+


PEA-Lake (Aseana Business Park, Pasay) + Tambo Mudflats, Paranaque(high tide and almost no birds at mudflats)
Time: 14.40 – 16.00
1. Grey Heron 1 juv
2. Great Egret 1
3. Little Egret 29
4. Little Heron 3
5. Buff-banded Rail 1 immature
6. Moorhen 1
7. Asian Golden-Plover 40
8. Little Ringed-Plover 5 including 1 breeding pair
9. Common Greenshank 103
10. Common Sandpiper 4
11. Marsh Sandpiper 7
12. Wood Sandpiper 18
13. Whiskered Tern 50
14. Barn Swallow 200+ migrating north
15. Clamorous Reed-Warbler 3
16. Striated Grassbird 1
17. Tree Sparrow 20+