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Some of the interesting things that the members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines did in OCTOBER

by Maia Tañedo

WBCP Treasurer Mike Lu was interviewed on DWIZ on the very first day of October.

Some club members gathered together and celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival at Alice Villareal‘s residence with a simple salo-salo and a fun dice game. Lots of prizes were taken home!

Raptorwatch. The migration season has started and the raptors have been trickling into Philippine skies. A total of 3 trips were conducted during the past month to ID and count the raptors flying in. This year, there are two sites in Tanay for the raptor watch: the PAGASA Weather Station and the Cabanos‘ farm located in Sitio Jamboree.

Alex, Tere and Jan Cabanos during the 1st Raptorwatch. Photo by Tere Cervero.

Guided Trips. There have been a couple of guided trips conducted this October. A free birdwatching activity was held in the La Mesa Ecopark and was covered by GMA News.

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Another guided trip was held at the Coastal Lagoon which coincided with a beach clean-up. Both guided trips were participated by adults and kids alike!

Participants at the Coastal Lagoon Guided Trip. Photo by Tinggay Cinco

Club Trips. There were three club trips for the month of October.

The first site was the Tarlac Ecopark in the city of San Jose, Tarlac. Some species seen include Black-naped Monarch, Blue Headed Fantail and Guaiabero.

Birding in the Tarlac Ecopark. Photo by Karen Ochavo.

The second one was in Bislig, Mindanao participated by Christian Perez and Jude Sanchez.

Jude Sanchez and Christian Perez birding along the road to Tinuy-an Falls on 22 October. Photo by Christian Perez.
A male Violet Cuckoo on Road 42 in PICOP, 19 October. Photo by Christian Perez.
Rufous-lored Kingfisher near the Quarry in PICOP, 21 October. Photo by Christian Perez.

The third trip was in Calatagan, Batangas where a group of 10 birders visited a number of sites including the CAPOCEAN training center, the Calatagan Mangrove Forest Park, an art gallery and a lighthouse in Faro de Punta Fuego.

Birding in Calatagan at dusk. Photo by Anna Gonzales

International Bird Fairs. The club also participated in the 2nd Asian Bird Fair held in Tainan. Headed by club president Anna Gonzales, the team of 9 members set-up the Philippine booth and conducted coloring activities.

WBCP delegates to the 2nd Asian Bird Fair. Photo by Arnel Telesforo.

Some members also participated in the Borneo Bird Festival. Alex Tiongco also gave a talk about birding in the Philippines during the festival.

WBCP member Tere Cervero receiving a certificate of participation. Photo by Alex Tiongco.

Local Events. The club was also invited to set-up a booth and participate in ABS-CBN’s Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo event “Bayanihan Para sa Kalikasan” in Marikina City. It was a great chance to reach out to high school students from the city and neighboring places and teach them about birds and birdwatching.

WBCP talk about birdwatching. Photo by Jun Osano.

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