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INVITATION TO A SUNDAY AFTERNOON BIRDWALK



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irdwatch Philippines (registered as the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines) is organizing an afternoon of birdwatching on October 19, Sunday, at the American War Cemetery in Makati.

The American War Cemetery tour is a free public service of Birdwatch Philippines as part of our efforts to promote recreational birdwatching and nature appreciation. With luck and patience you'll get the chance to view the Cemetery specialties including Barred Rails (tikling), three species of wild dove (batu-bato), a flock of Ring-necked Parakeets, kingfishers (sasala), swifts (langay-langayan), woodpeckers (patuktok), swallows (layang-layang), bulbuls (malipago), bushchats, Blue Rock-thrush (solitaryo), warblers, grassbirds (tiryok), Pied Trillers (ibong-pare), cisticolas, flycatchers, fantails (maria capra), pipits, mynahs (martines), woodswallow (pagatpat), shrikes (pakilis, tarat), starlings, sparrows (maya), munias and white-eyes (matang-dulong).

Pied Triller
Pied Triller

Lowland White-eye
Lowland White-eye

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow

White-collared Kingfisher
White-collared Kingfisher

Barred Rail
Barred Rail



Yes, all free range birds in a park setting close to home! Some of these birds will be arriving as the Eurasian mainland gets colder so visitors might be rewarded with the sight of a migrating Grey-faced Buzzard (tikhe), Eurasian Kestrel or Peregrine Falcon (limbas) flying in from the north. Other animals that have been spotted in the Cemetery include gray squirrels and a monitor lizard (bayawak).

How to get there:

The American War Cemetery is located along Old Lawton Drive in Fort Bonifacio. It is accessible from C-5, Nichols or McKinley Road, Forbes Park. Commuters can take the jeepneys or the Fort Bus at the corner of McKinley and EDSA near the MRT - Ayala station and reach the War Cemetery gate after a short walk up the tree-lined Lawton Drive or sunny Rizal Drive from 5th Avenue. For a better appreciation of its location please see Map 87 in the Metro Manila CITIATLAS.




Park Access and Facilities

Entrance to the park is free but ID is required to enter the grounds, which is under U.S. government administration. No food is allowed and the new superintendent is implementing a strictly-no-walking-on-the-grass rule. Very clean washrooms can be located near the gate and at the parking lot behind the War Memorial.

Hats, sun block and drinking water will come handy.

Those joining the tour are requested to assemble in the Memorial Parking lot starting 2:00 pm. The official tour starts at 3:00 pm. The park closes at 5:00 pm.

Please sign up soon. We have 15 slots remaining for this tour.

Birdwatch Philippines can provide10 pairs of 8 x 40mm binoculars for rent at P50.00.

To sign up for the tour or to request more information please contact Mike Lu at myckle@thenet.ph or Jon Villasper at jmvillasper@up.edu.ph or 726-6007.