Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Week ending 23rd January - IRRI
The Green Sandpiper from last week stayed throughout the week, showing almost every day. In the same area a reasonable sized flock (15 + birds) of Red Turtle Doves was similarly reliable as was the Peregrine. I tried for the nightjars on Wednesday and was rewarded with a brief view of a Great-eared Nightjar, and calling Philippine Nightjar. Several Black-crowned Night-Herons have been hanging around too.
Several odd sightings of birds passing through included an Osprey, and a flock of Ashy Minivet on Monday and a Purple Heron on Saturday.
Purple Heron on the upland farm. A scarce winter visitor. One bird spent much of the winter of 2008 - 2009 on the upland farm, but this is the first sighting since then.