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Getting Wet with Waders in Bulacan

Date: September 1, 2004
Time: 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Baluarte, Bulacan

Birders:
James McCarthy, Arne Jensen & Mark Jason Villa
Trip report & birdlist by Arne Jensen

September trip to Bulacan

Mark, James and I headed out early morning for our banca to pick us up in Navotas and to bring us further up north to the vast wetlands in coastal Bulacan. We ventured into the canal system of Tanza Peninsula due to strong winds. It was a truly awesome experience with the sight of people living in absolute poverty in stark contrast to the presence of prawn/shrimp ponds owned by the wealthy. The entire area is perhaps 95 % water and 5 % land, mostly in romantic canal settings.

However there is also an unsecured dumpsite right next to Meycauyan River and the Bay. Shortly after, we reached our destination: the St. Nino Chapel at the very southwest corner of Bulacan. From thereon we marched along various dikes 45 minutes inland to the dry fishponds where the congregations of shorebirds easily were found. Most of the time, we battled a thunder storm. From time to time we get drenched us we were busily identifying and counting the birds, many of them still in their amazing summer plumages.

Site: Navotas via Tanza Canal and Meucayuan River to Baluarte, Bulacan
Time: 06.05 – 7.40 + 13.30-14.50

BIRD LIST:
1. Little Egret - 15
2. Little Heron - 8
3. Black-tailed Godwit - 5
4. Common Redshank - 14
5. Common Greenshank - 1
6. Common Sandpiper - 7
7. Black-winged Stilt - 6
8. Little Tern - 3
10. Whiskered Tern - 180
11. Zebra Dove - 1
12. Common Kingfisher - 2
13. White-collared Kingfisher - 8
14. Barn Swallow - 6
15. Pacific Swallow - 8
16. Golden-bellied Flyeater - 2
17. Clamorous Reed-Warbler - 1
18. Pied Fantail - 3
19. Crested Myna - 4 Brg. Baluarte Coastal Fishponds, Bulacan







Egrets flying in from the north
Egrets flying in from the north


Whimbrel
Whimbrel



Whiskered Tern

Time : 07.45-13.30
Weather: W – WNW, 15-26 msec, 8/8, partly thunder showers w moderate to heavy rain, full to half visibility

BIRD LIST:
1. Great Egret - 21
2. Little Egret -225
3. Little Heron - 20
4. Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
5. Yellow Bittern - 6
6. Cinnamon Bittern -4
7. Asian Golden-Plover - 400
8. American Golden-Plover * 1 Ad in partial summer plumage. If accepted by peer review, it would be the 1st country record. Detailed notes and photo are with Records Committee
9. Kentish Plover - 3
10. Lesser Sand-Plover - 220
11. Whimbrel - 3
12. Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
13. Common Redshank - 245
14. Common Greenshank - 58
15. Green Sandpiper - 1
16. Wood Sandpiper -27
17. Marsh Sandpiper - 385
18. Common Sandpiper - 20
18. Terek Sandpiper - 2
20. Grey-tailed Tattler - 1
21. Ruddy Turnstone - 3
22. Great Knot - 4
23. Rufous-necked Stint - 405
24. Long-toed Stint - 3
25. Curlew Sandpiper - 36
26. Broad-billed Sandpiper - 21, 8+ in summer plumage
27. Oriental Pratincole - 8
28. Black-winged Stilt - 137, 2 of subspecies himantopus w pure white head and neck
29. Gull-billed Tern - 7 Ad
30. Common Tern - 15 Mostly adults
31. Roseate Tern - 1 Ad in summer plumage.
32. Little Tern - 15
33. Whiskered Tern - 270
34. Tern sp - 60
35. Spotted Dove - 2
36. Zebra Dove - 1
37. Common Kingfisher - 3
38. White-collared Kingfisher - 4
39. Blue-throated Bee-eater - 1
40. Bee-eater sp 4
41. Pacific Swallow - 4
42. Clamorous Reed-Warbler - 2
43. Bright-capped Cisticola - 1
44. Zitting Cisticola - 2
45. Yellow Wagtail - 3
46. Brown Shrike - 3
47. Eurasian Tree Sparrow - 5
48. Chestnut Munia - 2