Next morning an early start looking for the Blue-capped Wood Kingfisher, which we heard but did not see, then I went up the trail with Carlito. His bird mimicry skills are remarkable, and he soon whistled up a gorgeous Mountain Tailorbird. Several bird parties this morning, with new birds such as Little Pied Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Whistler, Philippine Woodpecker, Olive-capped Flowerpecker, Grey-hooded Sunbird and Eye-browed Thrush (large numbers near the lodge). The "juvenile" Eagle from the previous day was still in exactly the same pose, surely a branch not a bird! We pushed on higher looking for Apo Sunbird, which proved very difficult. I eventually got brief views of two birds, a real rarity. Other birds at this altitude included Mountain Leaf Warbler, Black-masked White-eye, Philippine Trogon and Mindanao Montane Racquet-tail. Back down at the platform a pair of Mindanao Hornbills entertained for a while, and I had good views of a perched Philippine Falconet. On the way back to the lodge a surprise was a decent view of a Red-eared Parrotfinch, common here but very tough to see. At the lodge itself a Greater Flameback (ssp montanus) in a nearby tree, and a flock of Yellow-breasted Fruit Doves by the start of the trail.
Philippine Bulbul, ssp. saturatior
Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove. A blocker unblocked for me. I've dipped on this in several places so was glad to get it here.
Sulphur-billed Nuthatch ssp. apo. Differs mainly from the race at Makiling (isarog) by the tone of the underparts.
Short-tailed Glossy Starling, ssp todayensis. In The Philippines restricted to Mindanao
Philippine Woodpecker, ssp. fulvifasciatus. Differs from validirostris in increased red on the crown in males, and a boldly-barred back
Philippine Serpent Eagle
Philippine Falconet, ssp. meridionalis, slightly larger than erythrogenys in Luzon.
Olive-capped Flowerpecker, a Mindanao endemic
Little Pied Flycatcher, ssp. rabori. A common bird in the forests on Kitanglad.
Grey-hooded Sunbird. A Mindanao endemic
Greater Flameback, ssp. montanus. Another distinctive race. This is a female, the male has a red crest
Cinnamon Ibon. Common Mindanao endemic at Kitanglad
Philippine Frogmouth. This fantastic bird was incredibly obliging, responding quickly to playback, and allowing extremely close approaches.
Not sure if I prefer the dilated or undilated pupils!
Mountain White-eye, outside our area extends to Java.
Mountain Verditer Flycatcher (ssp. nigriloris)