Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The rains have really kicked in now, with Typhoon Baboy coming through on the 14th, and lots more rain since. The paddies are filling up, and the new rice is growing well, hence plenty of greenery, and not much open water or mud. Despite this the first Wood Sands came through this week. Other irregular visitors were Lowland White-eye in the trees near the Open University building, White-bellied Munia on the Upland Farm, and 4 Java Sparrows behind the main buildings. An oddity was a leucistic bird, in company with 2 Striated Swallows and presumed to be a juvenile of that species. All the usual Rallids much in evidence (Barred Rail, Buff-banded Rail, White-browed Crake, White-breasted Waterhen, Common Moorhen) plus a possible Ruddy-breasted Crake on the Upland Farm on 27th (brief flight views only).