INVITATION TO A SUNDAY AFTERNOON BIRDWALK
(registered as the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines) is organizing an
afternoon of birdwatching on October 19, Sunday, at the American War Cemetery
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).
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:
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
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.
sun block and drinking water will come handy.
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.
sign up soon. We have 15 slots remaining for this tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Villasper at email@example.com or 726-6007.