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Mt. Palay-Palay National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Date: SUNDAY MARCH 28, 2004
Time: 04.30- 13.00
Weather: Very hot and humid already from early morning. No wind- 4-5 m/sec, W, clear visibility, +29-32 C.
Observer: Arne Jensen (from 07.15-10.00 Mike Lu, Nilo Arribas, Ivor Lee)

Birdlist and trip report by Arne Jensen

I went on a very early morning back to this great protected area. We are in the start of the breeding season and many of the resident species were showing breeding display and were vocal and singing. First to start the dawn chorus at 0450 were the Blackish Cuckoo-shrikes while the owls still were calling. The Crested Serpent-Eagle also made great aerial display flights. Although the streams are nearly dried out and the forest is tinder dry (be VERY careful with open fire or avoid it!) still new species were added to my area list and perhaps to the overall list of this area (see below).

About 7.15 that morning I met with Mike, Nilo and Singaporean bird photographer Ivor Lee for a few hours birding together before I returned back to Manila.

Luzon Hornbill


Observerd Species and Numbers:
1. Brahminy Kite 14 - 5 immature
2. Crested Serpent-eagle 4
3. Grey-faced Buzzard 3 migrating north
4. Philippine Falconet 2
5. Red Junglefowl (3)
6. Pink-necked Green-Pigeon 1 male
7. White-eared Brown- Dove (3)
8. Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove (4)
9. Black-chinned Fruit-Dove (5)
10. Imperial-Pigeon sp (2)
11. Pigeon sp (1) constant calling “druhh-druhh-druhh-druhh…”
12. Guaiabero 4
13. Blue-naped Parrot 1
14. Racquet-tail sp (2)
15. Colasisi 3
16. Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo (6)
17. Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo (2)
18. Philippine Coucal (2)
19. Philippine Eagle-Owl (1)
20. Philippine Hawk-Owl (4)
21. Island Swiftlet 22
22. Glossy Swiftlet 90+
23. House Swift 2
24. Philippine Trogon (4)
25. Alcedo/Ceyx sp (1) heard at the stream, DENR Station
26. White-throated Kingfisher 4
27. Collared Kingfisher (1)
28. Spotted Wood-Kingfisher (7)
29. Blue-tailed Bee-eater 1
30. Luzon (Tarictic) Hornbill 6
31. Rufous Hornbill 2
32. Coppersmith Barbet 6
33. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker (1)
34. White-bellied Woodpecker 1
35. Pacific swallow 5
36. Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike 5
37. Blackish Cuckoo-shrike 4 start singing 04.50
38.
Yellow-vented Bulbul 20
39. Yellow-wattled Bulbul (4)
40. Philippine Bulbul 19
41. Balicassiao 3
42. Black-naped Oriole 4
43. Philippine Fairy-Bluebird (2)
44. Slender-billed Crow 2
45. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis 3
46. White-browed Shama (5)
47. Pied Bushchat 1 male
48. Blue Rock-Thrush 1 male
49. Grey-backed Tailorbird (3)
50. Pied Fantail (1)
51. Grey Wagtail 1
52. White-breasted Wood-swallow 2
53. Brown Shrike 2
54. Coleto 5
55. Asian Glossy Starling 3
56. Crested Mynah 3
57. Red-keeled Flowerpecker 3