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Wildlife sanctuary in Nuvali

SITE/LOCALITY: Nuvali (an Ayala residential development), Sta. Rosa
PROVINCE: Laguna
ISLAND: Luzon

START DATE: 6/21/2009
END DATE: 6/21/2009
START TIME: 3:00PM-6:00PM
TIME IN FIELD: 3 hours

NAME OF BIRDER(REPORTERS): Mark de Leon, Mike Lu and Alex Tiongco
OTHER BIRDERS PRESENT: Trinket Canlas, Tere Cervero, Adri Constantino, Che Manzano, Jun Osano, Ricardo Pronove, Jon Villasper

# OF BIRDERS PRESENT: 10
ENVIRONMENT CONDITION: Bright and sunny
REFERENCE/FIELD GUIDE: A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines by Robert S. Kennedy et. al.

Mark de Leon near the entrance to the sanctuary
Mark de Leon near the entrance to the sanctuary

TRIP NOTES: Nuvali is a 1,600 hectare Ayala development and is covered by the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba. It is 40 kms away from Makati and 25 kms from Alabang with its entrance along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. The developers set aside a bird sanctuary, complete with a viewing tower and observation decks along a forest trail, where we first birded (Location 1). The Bee-eaters were very conspicuous in these parts which we first observed just beyond the entrance gate. Along the forest trail a Mangrove Blue Flycatcher was spotted through thick foliage after it gave off its distinct call. A Plain Bush-hen was a very good find along the forest trail. We then proceeded to Montecito, an eco-community within Nuvali and birded behind the clubhouse (Location 2). We observed several Black-naped Orioles converging on a yellow flowering tree and just as the sun was about to set, a group of Guaiaberos flocked on a tree in front of the clubhouse.

Birders at the viewing deck area
Birders at the viewing deck area

Location 1 -Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary
1. Spotted Buttonquail (Turnix ocellata) - 1
2. Plain Bush-hen (Amaurornis olivaceus) - 1
3. Spotted dove (Streptopelia chinensis) - 6
4. Zebra dove (Geopelia striata) - 1
5. Philippine Coucal (Centropus viridis) - 4
6. Swiftlet sp. - 15+
7. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) - 1
8. White-collared Kingfisher (Halcynon chloris) - 8
9. Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis) - 10+
10. Blue tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) - 12+
11. Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) - 2
12. Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) - 6
13. Yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) - 20+
14. Black-Naped Oriole (Oriolus chinenesis) - 15+
15. Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) - 2
16. Stripe-headed Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis mystacalis) -3
17. Pied Buschat (Saxicola caprata) - 2
18. Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) - 3
19. Bright capped Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) - 4
20. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra) - 5
21. Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) - 3
22. White-breasted Wood-swallow (Artamus leucorynchus) - 3
23. Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) - 2
24. Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) - 5
25. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) - 10+
26. Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) - 4
27. Chestnut Munia (Lonchura malacca) - 4

Location 2 - Montecito
1. Egret sp. - 1
2. Barred rail (Gallirallus torquatus) - 2
3. Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus) - 4
4. Philippine Coucal (Centropus viridis) - 3
5. Swiftlet sp. - 15+
6. Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) - 1
7. Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) - 2
8. Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) - 30+
9. Black-Naped Oriole (Oriolus chinenesis) - 15+
10. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) - 10+