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Initial Foray into Cordova

Far Eastern Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
 
Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern

Date: 02/24/2005
Site: Cordova, Cebu
Site Qualifier: Barangay Catarman
Time in the field:
1400H to 1530H
Weather/Environment Condition:
Hot afternoon with scattered clouds
Observer: Nilo Arribas Jr., Raul Puentespina, Jonathan Vestil
Contact Information of Observer: ph_photo_97@yahoo.com
Equipment Used: 10x42, 12x50 binoculars, Kennedy et al Guide
Egroup/eMail Message Number:

We finally managed to do a site survey at the southern part of Mactan island. After a speedboat ride that brought us along the shores and mangrove patches of Cordova, we decided to explore access to the same mangrove patches by land in the afternoon.

The idea to explore Cordova was planned as early as late last year. With so many mangrove patches, wide coastline and proximity to Olango island, Cordova should be the prime candidate as alternative to Olango island for birding. We ended up walking a good kilometer or so without seeing a trail that was supposed to lead us the mangroves which was seen earlier while on a boat.

It was a unanimous sentiment among us that the only viable access route to the hundreds of egrets earlier seen in the morning boat cruise... is by boat. This part of Cordova may not be ideal for birding because it is a disturbed area and limited access route. However, in spite of this impediments, we were able come up with the followng list of birds (see birdlist below) seen while walking on the tidal flats.

It was a unanimous sentiment among us that the only viable access route to the hundreds of egrets earlier seen in the morning boat cruise... is by boat. This part of Cordova may not be ideal for birding because it is a disturbed area and limited access route. However, in spite of this impediments, we were able come up with the followng list of birds (see birdlist below) seen while walking on the tidal flats.

BIRD LIST:
1. Intermediate Egret [Ardea intermedia] -15+
2. Chinese Egret [Egretta eulophotes] -3
3. Little Egret [Egretta garzetta] -207+
4. Night-Heron sp. -1
5. Greater Sand-Plover [Charadrius leschenaultii] -6
6. Far Eastern Curlew [Numenius madagascariensis] -7
7. Whimbrel [Numenius phaeopus] -14+
8. Bar-tailed Godwit [Limosa lapponica] -16
9. Common Redshank [Tringa totanus] -7
10. Common Greenshank [Tringa nebularia] -12
11. Terek Sandpiper [Xenus cinerea] -5
12. Grey-tailed Tattler [Heteroscelus brevipes] -4
13. Common Tern [Sterna hirundo] -3
14. Tern sp. -17
15. Whiskered Tern [Chlidonias hybridus] -15+
16. White-collared Kingfisher [Todirhamphus chloris] -5
17. Barn Swallow [Hirundo rustica] -3
18. Pacific Swallow [Hirundo tahitica] -2
19. Yellow-vented Bulbul [Pycnonotus goiavier] -2
20. Oriental Magpie-Robin [Copsychus saularis] -1
21. Oriental Reed-Warbler [Acrocephalus orientalis] -H.O.
22. Olive-backed Sunbird [Nectarinia jugularis] -1 seen, more heard
23. Eurasian Tree Sparrow [Passer montanus] -common, flocks of at least 5+ birds