Time: 8 am to 5pm
Weather: Weather was hot hot hot!
Birders: Lu-ann Fuentes, Kitty Arce, Andrew
Galano, Jenny de la Cruz, Lala
Española, Mads Bajarias
to some snafu, Lu-ann and I were not able to get up at 4am
as originally planned. The sun was up
(scorching!) when we arrived at the bus station. I texted
my apologies to Kitty and received a message saying that her
group was also running late.
who resides in the UP Los Baños area, texted to say
that she was free after lunch and promised to catch up with
us on the main trail.
finally started our walk at 8:45. The MyZoo group arrived
30 minutes earlier and had gone ahead.
a few steps past the Flat Rocks marker, Lu-ann and I spotted
Red-keeled Flowerpeckers in a fruiting tree. There were also
Philippine Bulbuls there. While straining hard to see the
Red-keels in the canopy we chanced on a Coppersmith Barbet.
Ah, the elusive Barbet. After 6 tries on Makiling and hearing
its "pok pok pok pok" dozens of times in the past,
I finally got to see one! Lala, a field biologist with extensive
(and very exciting) experience, called it "the pokpok
fruiting tree where the birds were perched was bare of leaves,
so we could see the sky clearly, and there we saw our first
glimpses of bee-eaters. They were in flight and their profiles
reminded me of Egyptian heiroglyphs. Very neat.
up the road, we saw a Blue-throated single Bee-eater perched
on a high branch. Caught in its beak was a rather large insect.
we finally hooked up with the My Zoo group, they told us that
they had spotted a Black-chinned Fruit Dove! The fruit-dove
(perched next to another species of dove) was a few meters
from the Mahogany Plantation along the main trail.
Kitty's report: The black-chinned was unmistakable and huge
with it's grey head and yellow beak! It was with a smaller
dove....we couldn't identify what it was but it was darker
and smaller the the Black-chinned though they perched side
by side and then it was sort of scaring the Black-chinned
away...and so it got scared and flew away and the smaller
dove was just sitting there doing it's business...and flew
a couple of minutes later.
MyZoo group also saw two endemics.
1. White-eared brown dove - first seen by Andrew.....almost
impossible to see but lucky that we did. This dove was seen
a few feet away after the last house on the Makiling Trail.
Colasisi - heard and seen along the sharp curve...near the
short-cut that cuts between the switchbacks.
on, we we treated to the sight of Bee-eaters flying high up
over the canopy.
higher than the bee-eaters we saw a pair of raptors. We got
good views of the raptors but couldnt ID them. they were brownish
with areas of white leading to the wingtips. my guess is honey
buzzards but am not positive.
saw squadrons on them flying throughout the day. On our way
back to Manila (at sundown) we passed
an empty field a-swarm with them. Estimated over 50 Bee-eaters.
All in all, we must've seen 100+ bee-eaters today.
1. Unidentified Raptors -- 2 believed to be Honey Buzzards
2. Black-chinned Fruit-dove
-- 1 adult
3. Unidentified Dove -- Single perched next to the BCFD. kitty
at one point wondered if it might've been an immature BCFD.
4. White-eared Brown Dove -- Single, well-camouflaged. Andrew
saw it even without binocs
5. Colasisi --1
6. Coppersmith Barbet -- 1 seen
7. Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker -- heard only.
8. Blue-tailed Bee-eater -- 1. We saw one perched
9. prominently near the "canopy," while more bee-eaters
were flying about it.
10. Blue-throated Bee-eater -- 1
11. Red-crested malkoha -- 2. super-looks near entrance on
our way down
Balicassiao -- 2
Philippine Bulbuls -- 6. Always in pairs!
Blue-flycatcher -- 1. Seen perched silent in middle-storey.
Weren't 100% sure about this one at the time of sighting.
Finally settled on IDafter process of elimination.
Wagtail -- 1. Lala showed us the "canopy" and this
was where we saw the wagtail. It flew down and landed on the
road and walked unconcerned about us.
Sunbird -- 1. Lu-ann and A saw a large sunbird on a dapdap
tree. My guess is it was a spiderhunter since it was almost
a size bigger then the usual sunbird. unsure though.
flowerpecker -- 1 in Mudspring area.
18. Red-keeled Flowerpeckers -- c.10