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Summertime Birding at Makiling

Date: April 3, 2005
Time: 6:30 am - 11:00 am
Place: Mt. Makiling, Laguna
Birders:Marc Bosc ,Teresa Cervero, Eric Cu and 2 boys, Liza Dans, JC Gonzalez, Mike Lu, Alex Tiongcoo
Trip Report: Mike Lu
Bird List: Mike Lu

We started birding at the back of the TREES lodge where a huge leafless tree served as a favorite perch for the early morning birds. The backside also offers a view of the forested ravine although it is screened by dense foliage. Marc first pointed to the silent silhouette of a malkoha glidingtowards the canopy.

We waited for a few minutes and a pair of magnificent Red-crested Malkohas flew out to be counted as our first forest birds to start the day.

A migrant Brown Shrike came to perch on the big tree and soon a pair of seldom seen Black-and-White Trillers came to view and then a green bird that turned out to be a Guaiabero ! So many species and we have not even started on the forest trail yet.

Heading for the main forest trail, the first bird call was from a Tarictic Hornbill ! The hornbill would call us continuously and fly away every time we go near.


Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Another interesting species was the Greater Flameback with its brilliant red wings.Other forest birds seen were the "pok-poking"Coppersmith Barbet, Coleto, Blackish Cuckoo-shrike and Red-keeled Flowerpecker.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet

At the Botanic Gardens, the first bird to show up was the Purple- throated Sunbird along with a Yellow-vented Bulbul.On the trail to the Raptor Rescue Center, we had good views of the Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike and a fleeting glimpse of the Philippine Fairy Blue-bird. On the way out, the group rested at the rotunda.

We noticed that the trees around were fruiting and soon enough a White-eared Brown Dove came to feed.

The birds that made an appearance include the Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Yellow-wattled Bulbul, Olive-backed Sunbird and even a Grey Wagtail with it's throat speckled black on the way to putting on its breeding plumage.


  1. White-eared Brown Dove - 1
  2. Guaiabero - 3
  3. Red-crested Malkoha - 3
  4. Blue-throated Bee-eater - 12+
  5. Tarictic Hornbill - 2
  6. Coppersmith Barbet - 2
  7. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker - 1
  8. Greater Flameback - 1
  9. Bar-belllied Cuckoo-shrike - 3
  10. Blackish Cuckoo-shrike - 4
  11. Black and White Triller - 2
  12. Yellow-vented Bulbul - 2
  13. Yellow-wattled Bulbul - 1
  14. Philippine Bulbul - 10+
  15. Balicassiao - 10+
  16. Philippine Fairy Bluebird - 1
  17. Grey-streaked Flycatcher - 2
  18. Grey Wagtail - 1
  19. Brown Shrike - 3
  20. Coleto - 2
  21. Olive-backed Sunbird - 1
  22. Purple-throated Sunbird - 1
  23. Red-keeled Flowerpecker - 2