May 8, 2004
Time: 6:00am - 8:00am
Location: La Vista Subdivision, Quezon
Trip Report: Mike Lu
Birdlist: Patty Adversario
birders: Mike Lu, Kitty Arce, Jeanette Bagaman,
Alice Villa-real, Greg Yan, & Crysta Rara
La Vista birders: Georgie Encanto,
Ronnie & Marisa Romero, Andy & Felice Sta. Maria,
Annie Guerrero, Floy Aguenza, Liza Gatmaitan, Kiko &
Aida Josef, Emilie
unusual for me to wake up at 4:30am to go birding on a Saturday.
But the WBCP was invited by the La Vista Ladies Association
on a recon trip to identify bird watching sites in their village.
driving down the main village road towards the La Vista clubhouse,
I almost run over my first bird, a ZEBRA DOVE (batu-bato)
standing motionless in the middle of the road.
the clubhouse parking lot, PIED FANTAILS (Maria Capra) called
out to each other in tinkling melodies while opening and fanning
their tails up and down like delicate Spanish abanicos.
was told that five residents had signed up for the bird walk.
But resident Lita Logarta’s story on bird watching in
the La Vista newsletter dated May 5, incited some interest
so that 11 residents showed up for the early summer morning
gave a short talk on the amazing diversity of birds found
in the Philippines and what birds we could expect to see in
La Vista. We split the group into two, as big groups are likely
to disturb the birds.
concentrated on the strip of greenery where the clubhouse
is located. First on the list, were the very visible and highly-urbanized
EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS (Maya). YELLOW-VENTED BULBULS (Malipago)
were at first elusive, but they gradually accepted our presence
by perching on the electric cable lines long enough for everyone
to admire. The wheezy tunes of the GOLDEN-BELLIED FLYEATERS
occasionally filled the air, but these birds were more heard
flock of seven LITTLE EGRETS (Tagak) in late northward migration
flew in V-formation high above the trees. A WHITE-COLLARED
KINGFISHER (Salaksak) pierced the air with its raucous calls
and taunted us to look for it.
also kept hearing the seep-seep calls of the COLASISI, the
smallest Philippine Parrot. The name Colasisi, which means
mistress in Tagalog, raised a few eyebrows among the ladies.
I explained that because these birds hang on tightly to branches
while feeding (sometimes upside down), they could be likened
to mistresses who latch on tightly to illicit male partners.
next birding site was the portion of Gaddang Road that borders
Loyola Grand Villas. There is a creek that runs parallel to
the road, where I saw at least four Barred Rails (tikling)
last year. Unfortunately, a house was being built across the
creek and the noise probably scared most of the birds away.
on, we saw a WHITE-COLLARED KINGFISHER flash its aquamarine
wings in flight. We also glimpsed an OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD
(tamsi) and a solitary CHESTNUT MUNIA (mayang bukid) crossed
the path of a birder in frantic flight. As we rounded a bend,
we saw a BROWN SHRIKE (tarat) prominently perched on a tree
for everyone to admire.
was getting hot and everyone had worked out a good sweat.
Georgie Encanto graciously invited the hungry birders to have
breakfast in her garden. As we entered the gate, GOLDEN-BELLIED
FLYEATERS beckoned with their whiz whiz calls.
regular birders were worried that the birds had put on a poor
show, but the residents seemed happy to learn something about
their feathered neighbors. Georgie was thrilled that she saw
the yellow in the yellow-vented bulbul while Felice Sta. Maria
said: "Now we know what bird makes the calls we have
been hearing in our garden." Over breakfast, the residents
seriously discussed what fruit trees they should plant to
attract more birds to their gardens.
Vista group invited WBCP to conduct another bird walk in their
village next month.
1. Little Egret [Egretta Garzetta] --7
2. Zebra dove [Geopelia striata] -- 2
3. Colasisi [Loriculus philippensis]-- heard
4. White-collared Kingfisher [Halcyon chloris] -- 2
5. Yellow-vented bulbul [Pycnonotus goiavier] --common
6. Golden-bellied Flyeater [Gerygone sulphurea] -- heard
7. Olive-backed sunbird [Nectarinia jugularis] -- 1
8. Pied fantail [Rhipidura javanica] --4
9. Brown Shrike [Lanius cristatus] -- 1
10. Eurasian Tree Sparrow [Passer montanus] -- common
11. Chestnut munia [Lonchura malacca] -- 1