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Lubao, Pampanga

Date: March 30,2004 - April 01,2004
Site: Lubao, Pampanga
Site qualifier: Baranggay Prado, Baruya, Piña
Time in field: 06:00AM - 11:00AM
Weather/Environment condition: sunny
Observer: Mark Villa

Summary:

Last week, I felt like seeing waders and waterbirds so I went again to Lubao, Pampangga. I also wanted to see how much I've improved since the last time I was there. I saw more species and did not have much of a hard time differentiating common sandpiper and wood sandpiper as I did before so I guess I did improve. ;) I went to the same sites, Baranggay Prado ricefields/some fishponds, and Baruya fishponds (03/30-31). The first day at Baruya was a good day because I found a site where I just sat down and they just show up. I think the waders like fishponds that have dried up into mudflats but not too dried up. This time I also went to Piña fishponds (04/01), the place where I keep hearing the locals say there are lots of birds. They told me the place is where some celebrities go hunting for ducks and black-crowned night-herons. I went there by boat with a local guide and when I got there I didn't know how to begin counting. It was like Tambo xxxx better. They were big fishponds but there were also estuaries and mangroves. There were calls from left and right, the banks of the estuaries and the path/walkway was lined up with egrets, herons, bitterns and night-herons. The trees were filled up with them too. At that rate, I thought it was a bad day for such a nice site. I should have gone earlier, maybe January, because there were no more ducks and just a few waders. I took pictures of the place, but it's to follow.

Egrets

Some notes:
1) I saw no sign of Barn Swallows anymore except for a few, about 10. There were hundreds last November.
2) On a tree where I saw a pair of OB sunbirds, there was a bird that looked like the sunbirds except that it had a shorter bill and tail and a little chubby. I thought it was a flowerpecker until I saw mommy and daddy sunbird go to it to feed it.
3) There were hundreds of BCnight-herons in Piña and the local person there said that the celebrities go there to hunt them and that they are breeding there. I think they(locals) go to get eggs sometimes.
4) I think I saw a couple of egrets mating on a tree, perhaps Intermediate Egret.
5) I feel like my count on the egrets and BCNH's, terns, some waders is an underestimate as there were more further away and it was difficult to count them.
6) I saw a big heron-looking streaked dark blackish bird, with dark brown/chestnut neck. I am counting it as Black Bittern. I had a good view until my guide talked to me and it went away.
7) I saw and heard lots of odd calls from reed-warblers or other warblers which I couldn't id.

Lubao List:
1. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 170+ - 110+ in Baruya, 60+ in Piña
2. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 20+ - mostly in Piña
3. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 20+ - mostly in Piña
4. Great Egret Ardea alba 100+ - mostly in Piña
5. Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia 500+ - "
6. Little Egret Egretta garzetta 564+ - "
7. Little Heron Butorides striatus 9
8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 15+ - some breeding
9. BC Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 150+ - Piña
10. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus 2+
11. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis 7+
12. Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis 1
13. Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator 1
14. Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis 2
15. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus 1
16. White-browed Crake Porzana cinerea 6+ - common
17. WB Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus 2
18. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 25+
19. Asian Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva 5+
20. Little Ringed-Plover Charadrius dubius 1
21. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 18+
22. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 100+
23. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 250+
24. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 18+
25. Rufous-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis 8+
26. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta 20+
27. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 15+
28. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 4000+ - thousands in Baruya fishponds, 500+ in Piña, a few in Prado
29. Red Turtle-Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica5+
30. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata 10+
31. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 5+
32. Collared Kingfisher Todirhamphus chloris 5
33. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus12+
34. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 10
35. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica 20+
36. Pied Triller Lalage nigra 5
37. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier10+
38. Golden-bellied Flyeater Gerygone sulphurea 4
39. Clamorous Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus 1
40. Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis 3
41. Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis 5+
42. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris 10+ -common
43. Bright-capped Cisticola Cisticola exilis 5+
44. Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica 10+
45. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 2
46. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 3
47. Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi 2
48. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus 10+
49. Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis 4
50. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus - common
51. Chestnut Munia Lonchura malacca 5+