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Winged-Residents of Taytay Falls by Chuck Baclagon

After several years, I was very excited to again visit Taytay Falls and behold its unique ecosystem and residents.

Five birders took part in Greenpeace’s World Water Day. Arriving at the parking lot of the site at around 7:30am we were greeted by a White-Collared Kingfisher perched on a palm frond of a coconut tree. I and Anne got excited when we spotted a pair of endemic Striped-headed Rhabdornis. It was the first time for us to see the said bird species.

Along the trail to Taytay Falls, endemic Philippine Jade Vines can be seen hanging from trees. Wild orchids and other arboreal plants dotted tree trunks and branches.

Sadly, due to a huge number of people along the trail and the falls itself, we failed to see a significant number of birds along the said areas.

We joined the “Forest Team” that trekked to the upstream of the falls. Bird calls can be heard along the forest trails but due to the thick forest canopy and short time devoted for the trek, we failed to see which birds the calls belong to.

But overall, it was a good trip as we were blessed to see twenty (20) bird species out of which six (6) are endemic or can be found only in the Philippines. In fact, before we left the site at 4pm, after the debriefing, a pair of endemic Elegant Tits flitting between branches of a lanzones tree were spotted by the birders and a few volunteers of Greenpeace.

Again we would like to thank Greenpeace Southeast Asia for inviting us to this wonderful event. More power.

Birdwatch report

SITE/LOCALITY: Taytay Falls
BARANGAY: Taytay
TOWN: Majayjay
PROVINCE: Laguna
ISLAND: Luzon

DATE: 03/22/2009
START TIME: 0715 H

NAME OF BIRDERS: Anne Larracas, Rei Panaligan, Iori Espiritu, Isay Sarmiento, Kris Peralta
ENVIRONMENT CONDITION: Sunny

REFERENCE: A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines by Robert S. Kennedy et. al

Birdlist

Common Name Scientific Name No. of Birds Spotted Notes
Red-Crested Malkoha Phaenicophaeus superciliosus 2 endemic
Philippine Coucal heard only endemic
Philippine Pygmy Swiflet Collocalia troglodytes 1 endemic
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis 2
White-collared Kingfisher Halcyon chloris 2
Swallow species 2
Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier 1
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos 8
Elegant Tit Parus elegans 2 endemic
Stripe-headed Rhabdornis Rhabdornis mystacallis 2 endemic
Golden-bellied Flyeater Seicercus montis 1
Grey Wagtail 1 Motacilla cinerea 1
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 1
White-breasted Wood-swallow Artamus leucorynchus 3
.Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus 4
Crested Mynah Acridotheres cristatellus 2
Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis 2
Low-land White-eye Zosterops meyeni 2 endemic
Yellowish White-eye Zosterops nigrorum 4 endemic
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus x
Riedo A. Panaligan
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