Few birders have visited the island, and fewer still have published trip reports, so we spent the first afternoon exploring a small patch of forest close to a village called Mahayahay. We parked in the village, engaged a guide after first contacting the Barangay captain, and set off on foot to the forest. The habitat was generally very degraded, but there seemed to be plenty of birdlife. The route we took led us in a circle through degraded forest, secondary growth, coconut plantations and a small patch of grassland. We encountered a couple of streams, one of which flowed out of a cave which our guide said contained bats. Among the more interesting birds seen were Oriental Honey Buzzard, Barred Honey Buzzard, Philippine Serpent Eagle, Philippine Green Pigeon, Black-headed Tailorbird, Rufous-fronted Tailorbird and Handsome Sunbird. Heard only birds (by me) included Ruddy Kingfisher, Philippine Oriole, Hooded Pitta, Koel, Black-faced Coucal and Black-chinned Fruit Dove. though some of these were seen by other members of the group.
That evening we tried looking for owls at a likely spot along the road, near Napa. We had no luck at all with any owls, but did find an interesting Fruit Bat.