For the past two days WBCP has been holding “Pledge to Fledge” Guided Trips to the public. Guided Trips in which we try to “Fledge” non-birders to try on birding, most of the participants were actually some of the member’s friends and relatives. The word “Fledge” means to take care of a young bird until it is ready to fly.
Day one of the of the “Pledge to Fledge” weekend, I was a bit confused because I thought we weren’t going to join it. I originally thought we were going to UP Diliman, but to my surprise my dad said “Okay, were going to La Mesa Ecopark.” I thought he was messing with me, but then I knew he was serious as we passed the road on the way to La Mesa Ecopark.
We met with the other birders at the Spill Way and they were just as surprised to see us there as I was. I saw a group of 20+ participants, and each face was surely ready to learn more about birds. Before entering the actual park, Kuya Jun showed me a Common Kingfisher. It was so cute with its orange belly and blue-green back, definitely my favorite Kingfisher that I have seen so far.
We entered the park entrance, hoping to get lucky on the Ashy Ground-Thrush, but alas, no Ashies. We went deeper into La Mesa Ecopark, seeing Olive-backed Sunbirds on some heliconia plants and birds of paradise plants. I have now realized that knowing plants and trees are actually important in birding, so that you can tell what plants and trees do birds favor.
We spotted some Osprey before entering the Nature Trail, and inside the trail were some cute little Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers and Black-naped Orioles which got a lot of attention from the participants. Yellow-vented Bulbuls and Pied Fantails would show themselves once in a while
My dad saw the very first Rufous Paradise Flycatcher and I was disappointed because I thought I wouldn’t see one that day, but as I was walking down the path with Alain Pascua behind me. I saw something orange, in my mind I’m like “Dried Leaf?”, but the leaf moved “Rufous Paradise Flycatcher?!” I got my binoculars and sure enough, it was. I was so happy, and later on, everyone got a chance to see the Flycatchers.
We went out out of La Mesa Ecopark, and Kuya Jops collected the binoculars that were borrowed by the participants. Me and my Dad went to the Spill Way again, and saw some participants. One has been birding for a long time, but never joined the club, but he said he would soon. The other was his friend, a first time birder.
We saw some Little Herons and Little Egrets with Common Sandpipers, lifer. An Immature Black-crowned Night Heron was present and still, so were Barred Rails, swimming and drying themselves. Lowland White-eyes flew above and a White-eared Brown Dove perched itself on a small tree.
I started raining so we had to leave, plus we were getting hungry, on the way out we saw some Pacific Swallows and a White-breasted Waterhen crossing the road, how ironic.
- Common Kingfisher (Lifer)
- Olive-backed Sunbird
- Philippine Pygmy Woodpecker
- Black-naped Oriole
- Yellow-vented Bulbul
- Pied Fantail
- Rufous Paradise Flycatcher (Lifer)
- Little Heron
- Little Egret
- Common Sandpiper
- Black-crowned Night Heron
- Barred Rail
- Lowland White-eye
- White-eared Brown Dove
- Pacific Swallow
- White-collared Kingfisher
- White-breasted Waterhen
to be continued…