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Ateneo Campus

Date: March 21, 2004
Site: Ateneo - Jesuit Residence, Bamboo Grove, Manila Observatory
Time in field: 6:00AM - 9:00AM
Weather/Environment condition: sunny
Birders: Club members: Leni and Peter Sutcliffe,
Joven and Luis Descanzo, Nilo Arribas, Jr., Carl Oliveros, Mike Lu, Mark Jason Villa, Ned Liuag, Gil Dy-Liacco
Haribon staff: Lemuel Ponce, Yasmin Mangila
United Trekkers: Noel Liok, Louie & Emily Requierme, Beng Lara, Leah Cruz, May Russell Lagura


The Ateneo birdtrip had turned out with more birders than expected. There were 18 birders in all so we decided to split into 2 groups. Mike, Carl and Nilo led the United Trekkers group while I joined the other WBCP members and Haribon staffs. We had a slow start and I was beginning to think the birds were not going to show up. It felt like 30 minutes had passed and all that were showing up were sparrows and a collared-kingfisher. I was relieved when after a while the birds started showing up. We spotted Black-crowned Night-Herons, White-eared Brown-Doves and then the Scaly Ground-Thrush. We also heard the Oriental Magpie-Robin sing a most beautiful song. I've heard it before but that time was the most beautiful that I've heard it, like it was singing an actual song.

Mike and his group seemed like they were looking for nests. They found a Long-tailed Shrike in a nest and a pair of Golden-bellied Gerygones come in and out of a small nest. They were nice enough to point it to us. At the Jesuit Residence, they saw Plain Bush-hen, Barred Rail and White-breasted Water-hen together in one spot. They also saw on what they decided was a Brown-headed Thrush. In the end, it was a good birding day.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

1. Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia - 2
2. BC Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax - 2 imm
3. Barred Rail Gallirallus torquatus - 4
4. Plain Bush-hen Amaurornis olivacea - 1
5. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus - 3
6. White-eared Brown-Dove Phapitreron leucotis - 3+
7. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata - 19+
8. Collared Kingfisher Todirhamphus chloris - 2
9. Philippine Woodpecker Dendrocopos maculatus -1
10. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica - 1+
11. Pied Triller Lalage nigra - 2
12. Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier - common
13. Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis - 9+
14. Scaly Ground-Thrush Zoothera dauma - 1
15. Brown-headed Thrush Turdus chrysolaus - 1
16 Golden-bellied Flyeater Gerygone sulphurea - 10+
17 Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis - 1+
18 Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis - 1
19 Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris - 1
20 Grey-S Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta - 1
21 Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica - common
22 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - 1
23 Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach - 4
24 Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus - 5+
25 Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis - 4
26 E Tree Sparrow Passer montanus - common