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Birding the Visayan Islands

Grey-tailed Tattler

Grey-tailed Tattler



Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

Date: April 9, 2005
Location: Olango Island, Cebu
by Bruce & Helen Glick, Nilo Arribas, Jr.

Great day at Olango with Nilo! The area is so huge that the following numbers are just what I actually saw. It is only a small percentage of the birds present in the area. Amazingly, Chinese Egret seemed to be the most common egret of the day! Some of the birds were in breeding plumage, particularly the sand-plovers.

BIRD LIST:
1. Great Egret 20+
2. Intermediate Egret 5+
3. Chinese Egret 25+
4. Little Egret 10+
5. Little Heron 6
6. Barred Rail 1
7. Grey Plover 35+
8. Kentish Plover 15
9. Lesser Sand-Plover 35+
10. Greater Sand-Plover 25+
11. Far Eastern Curlew 7
12. Whimbrel 150+
13. Bar-tailed Godwit 12
14. Common Redshank 5
15. Common Greenshank 40+
16. Common Sandpiper 2
17. Terek Sandpiper 10
18. Grey-tailed Tattler 25
19. Ruddy Turnstone 25+
20. Asian Dowitcher 3 (others reported a flock of 40+)
21. Rufous-necked Stint 12
22. Curlew Sandpiper 20
23. Black-headed Gull 2
24. Gull-billed Tern 15
25. White-winged Tern 2
26. Whiskered Tern 10+
27. Spotted Dove 4
28. Zebra Dove 2
29. Common Kingfisher 2
30. White-collared Kingfisher 5
31. Barn Swallow ?
32. Pacific Swallow ?
33. Yellow-bented Bulbul ?
34. Golden-bellied Flyeater 4
35. Oriental Reed-Warabler 2
36. Pied Fantail 4
37. Yellow Wagtail 1
38. Brown Shrike 2
39. Asian Glossy Starling ?
40. Olive-backed Sunbird ?
41. E. Tree-Sparrow ?

Total: 41 species

Date: April 10, 2005
Location:Tabunan Hills, Cebu
by Bruce & Helen Glick, Nilo Arribas, Jr

Nilo arranged for us to have this first look at the Tabunan Hills. It was a very good day, despite not finding some specialties. Climbing to the lookouts and wandering in the forest was fun, as was photographing a pair of Balicassios on a nest above one of the lookouts. We played hide-and-seek with Black Shamas at very close range. I'd like to go back.

BIRD LIST:
1. Brahminy Kite 1
2. Barred Rail 1
3. White-eared Brown-Dove 8+
4. Zebra Dove 2
5. Brush Cuckoo 2+
6. Philippine Coucal ? - heard all day
7. Pygmy Swiflet ? - seemed to be the only swift
8. White-collared Kingfisher 2
9. Coppersmith Barbet 10+ - very common bird here
10. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker Hd.
11. Pied Triller 1
12. Yellow-vented Bulbul ?
13. Philippine Bulbul 10+
14. Balicassio 2 - on nest
15. Oriental Magpie-Robin Hd.
16. Black Shama 2-4
17. Arctic Warbler 2
18. Striated Grassbird 2+
19. Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher 1
20. Brown Shrike 2
21. Asian Glossy Starling ?
22. Olive-backed Sunbird ?
23. Crimson Sunbird 2-4 - beautiful!
24. Red-keeled Flowerpecker 8+
25. Everett's White-eye 5+


Date: April 17, 2005

Location: Raja Sitakuna National Part - (Logarita), Bilar, Bohol
Bruce and Helen Glick
Report by Bruce Glick

Birds seen while at a work retreat on Apo Island. The island is so smal that you can walk across from one side to the other in 10 minutes, and the length seems less than a kilometer. It is rocky and steep in places and has arguably the best diving in the Philippines. We also know now that migrating Chinese Goshawks use it as a stop- over going north (at least they did for one day!) I have written an article on the migrating hawks.

BIRD LIST:
1. Little Egret 1
2. Cattle Egret 1
3. White-bellied Sea-Eagle 1
4. Chinese Goshawk 1397 - from 6:15 - 7:30 a.m.
5. Peregrine Falcon 1 - resident sub-species
6. Barred Rail 2+
7. Red-necked Phalarope 5 - off-shore
8. Whiskered Tern 1
9. Pink-necked Pigeon 3+
10. White-eared Brown-Dove 2+
11. Pied-Imperial Pigeon 6+
12. Spotted Dove 4+
13. Zebra Dove 2+
14. Philippine Coucal 4+
15. Pygmy Swiftlet common
16. White-collared Kingfisher 2
17. Pacific Swallow nesting on rocks
18. Black-naped Oriole 4+
19. Pied Triller 6+
20. Oriental Magpie-Robin 5
21.
Blue Rock-Thrush 1
22. Grey-streaked Flycatcher 1
23. Yellow Wagtail 1
24. Brown Shrike - 4
25. Olive-backed Sunbird - common
26. Asian Glossy Starling - nesting on rocky cliffs


April 17, 2005
Raja Sitakuna National Part - (Logarita), Bilar, Bohol
Bruce and Helen Glick Report by Bruce Glick

We birded Logarita from 5 am to 3 pm on April 17th and returned for a few short hours on the 18th before we had to leave. I have included the few additions on the 18th in this list. We found the trails recently cleared and excellent. Birds were a bit sparce but with persistence there are many to hear and some to see! The maps we have seen of the trails were poorly done and we were aided by one of the rangers in making a better one. We started from the research center (formerly called Boy Scout camp but not called that currently). Walked all the trails, including to the top of Bilar Peak. We could find no reference on current maps or from personnel there now who knew what was referred to in early trip reports as Valley Trail. We recommend this place highly. We stayed at Chocolate Hills Complex and had local driver Chito take us back and forth to Logarita but it could be done by bus, jeepney and moto and walking.

BIRD LIST:
1. Intermediate Egret 2
2. Little Egret 2
3. Cattle Egret 20+
4. Brahminy Kite 1
5. White-eared Brown-Dove 10+
6. Amethyst Brown-Dove 1 (hd)
7. Yellow-breasted Fruit-Dove hd often
8. Black-chinned Fruit-Dove hd.
9. Green Imperial-Pigeon hd
10. Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo hd
11. Plaintive Cuckoo hd
12. Brush Cuckoo hd
13. Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo 4+
14. Common Koel 2+
15. Philippine Coucal hd
16. Black-faced Coucal 1 - seen well, not far from summit
17. Great-eared Nightjar 1 - seen at dawn over clearing
18. Philippine Nightjar hd - rangers say common on park road - eve
19. Island Swiftlet small numbers
20. Pygmy Swiftlet small numbers
21. Philippine Trogon 3+
22. Rufous-lored Kingfisher 2 - very close - just after dawn (4/18)
23. White-collared Kingfisher 4+
24. Visanyan Tarictic Hornbill 6+ - quite close but hard to see
25. White-bellied Woodpecker 2
26. Steere's Pitta 1 - very close, calling, photo
27. Pacific Swallow small numbers
28. Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrike 1
29. Yellow-vented Bulbul lower altitudes, edges
30. Philippine Bulbul 15+
31. Hair-crested Drongo 6+
32. Black-naped Oriole 2+
33. Philippine Fairy-bluebird 1
34. Black-crowned Babbler 2
35. Brown Tit-Babbler 3+
36. Arctic Warbler 2
37. Philippine Tailorbird 3+ hd
38. Yellow-breasted Tailorbird 1 hd. only (4/18)
39. Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher 2
40. Blue Fantail 2+ - hd
41. Yellow-bellied Whistler 1
42. White-breasted Wood-swallow 3
43. Long-tailed Shrike 1
44. Brown Shrike 2
45. Asian Glossy Starling common
46. Coleto 2
47. Olive-backed Sunbird common
48. Purple-throated Sunbird 2
49. Metallic-winged Sunbird 1+
50. Red-keeled Flowerpecker 4+
51. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker 2

Total 51 species