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Eurasian Kestrel that came to perch by the College of Science

Date: March 20, 2005
Time: 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Pook Aguinaldo and NIGS area, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Birders: Lilian Bellen, Trinket Canlas, Adrian Constantino, Lilibeth Deapera, Ronald Long, Mike Lu, Lemuel Ponce, Crysta Rara & 10 students from Environmental Journalism class, Irene Tan, Rolly Urriza, Gerry de Villa, Jon Villaspero
Trip Report: Mike Lu
Bird List: Mike Lu

The Eurasian Kestrel that came to perch by the College of Science parking lot was a good start for the birding day. Our first site was the marsh at the Pook Aguinaldo. The waters have been drained though and waterbirds were hiding in the remaining thickets.

Nevertheless we were able to spot White-breasted Waterhen, Common Moorhen, White-browed Crake, Cinnamon and Yellow Bitterns. A flock of Intermediate Egrets that flew northwards was an unusual treat. Other grassland birds in the fields include the Zitting Cisticiola, Chestnut and Scaly-breasted Munias.

Back at the National Institute of Geological Science (NIGS) grasslands, among the birds were slow to come out were Striated Grassbird, Long-tailed Shrike, Blue-rock Thrush and Zebra Doves. Gerry called out to the Black-naped Orioles while bee-eaters flew by. It seemed like a slow day and I was surprised we ended with more than 20+ species !

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

BIRD LIST:

  1. Intermediate Egret - 10
  2. Cinnamon Bittern - 1
  3. Yellow Bittern - 3
  4. Eurasian Kestrel - 1
  5. White-browed Crake - 2
  6. White-breasted Waterhen - 1
  7. Common Moorhen - 1
  8. Zebra Dove - 2
  9. Bee-eaters sp - 7
  10. Barn Swallow - 20+
  11. Yellow-vented Bulbul - 10+
  12. Black-naped Oriole - 3
  13. Blue Rock Thrush - 2
  14. Striated Grassbird - 3
  15. Zitting Cisticola - 1
  16. Pied Fantail - 5
  17. Richard's Pipit - 2
  18. White-breasted Wood-swallow - 2
  19. Long-tailed Shrike - 3
  20. Brown Shrike - 5+
  21. Scaly-breasted Munia - 5+
  22. Chestnut Munia - 10+