It was a warm Monday afternoon when we decided to bird in UP Diliman with my relatives. They brought with them some friends that also came to the Guided Trip yesterday in LPPCHEA. I asked Tristan (Cousin) what they have already found, and he said they have found a White-breasted Wood Swallow, and a White-collared Kingfisher. I wasn’t too disappointed that I missed them because I have already seen many of those.
My dad showed up with our huge telescope which we are improvising ’til my dad gets a real spotting scope. Tito Jerome and Tristan found it hilarious and so did I. It was actually very difficult to use because it was like five times (or so) stronger than an actual spotting scope, so when you try to look at a branch, all you see is tree bark -_-.
My dad was a bit disappointed because they weren’t many birds there. We tried to reassure him that there are many birds t, but its still too early. It was in fact early since it was just 3:30.
We went to a more elevated part of the area, where we found a lot of Long-tailed Shrikes and White-breasted Wood Swallows just perching on small trees or on the wires. We called Kuya Jops and Ate Maia to join us in UP and they said they would meet us in front of the MSI building.
There in front of the MSI building, we heard the call that has been taunting us back when we were still very new to birding, but are now common to us. We still tried to find it though, for the sake of the friends of my Tito, sadly we weren’t able to. A Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker called on a tree, but while we were trying to find it, Kuya Jops and Ate Maia came, so we decided to go say Hi first.
There were still the usual Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Pied Fantails, and Lowland White-eyes everywhere as we decided to walk the short distance another building. In front of that building were two overlapping trees where the Philippine Nightjars are known to roost during the day.
We spent a long time there, sadly, not a single Nightjar was found. The walk there was not a total waste though because we saw a Coppersmith Barbet calling on an exposed branch. The call gives it its local Philippine name, Pok-Pok. Kuya Jops and Ate Maia said it was the most beautiful Coppersmith Barbet they have ever seen, and I have been there to see it.
We went back to the MSI building ready to leave when Ate Maia saw something which turned out to be a false alarm. We were then ready to leave, again, but then Tristan saw something. It was a Philippine Nightjar, as Kuya Jops said, sadly it flew away before I could have gotten a good look at it, so I can’t count it as a lifer :(.
- Long-tailed Shrike
- White-breasted Wood Swallow
- Yellow-vented Bulbul
- Pied Fantail
- Lowland White-eye
- Coppersmith Barbet