APRIL ROUNDUP

SOME OF THE INTERESTING THINGS THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE WILD BIRD CLUB OF THE PHILIPPINES DID IN APRIL
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Compiled by Mike Lu and Maia Tanedo

Spring Migration Raptorcount – The club had a total of six counts for the Spring Migration: April 5, 6, 7, 9, 15, 21 and 22. Leading these counts are Alex Tiongco, Martin Johnson, Randy Weisser, Jon Villasper and Mike Lu. Highest count was on the 15th with 2,893 raptors counted led by 2,876 Chinese Goshawks.

One group of raptor counters: Melanie Tan, Tere Cervero, Alex Tiongco and Jelaine Gan.

Apr. 1 – Club Trip to Mt. Palay-Palay. A huge contingent of birders went birding in Mt. Palay-Palay in Cavite. Members were joined by visiting Dutch birders Merijn de Leeuwen and Marianne Rense.

Group shot of birders in Mt. Palay-Palay. Photo by Chee-Anne Rono.

April 2 – Ecoguiding talk at Subic Bay. Anna Gonzales was a resource speaker for this activity.

Apr. 8 – Guided Trip for residents of Loyola Grand Villas in Quezon City. During their Easter Sunday activities, some residents participated in a short introduction to birdwatching and went around their subdivision to check out the birds in their “backyard.”

A short introductory talk was given to the residents of LGV before conducting the birdwalk. Photo by Jun Osano.

Families also joined the birdwalk around their subdivision. Photo by Jun Osano.

Apr. 13 –Guided Trip for Nuvali staff. An ocular inspection and guided trip was conducted in the Bird Sanctuary inside the Nuvali property in Laguna. Led by Anna Gonzales and Manny Illana.

Mike Lu with participants of the guided trip. Photo by Jon Javier.

Jops Josef points out the birds seen in the field guide. Photo by Jon Javier.

Apr. 14 – WBCP Records Committee meeting. The members of the Records Committee Meeting gathered to discuss the past annual reports as well as to discuss some updates to the official list of Philippine species.

Jops Josef, Mark Jason Villa and Arne Jensen work on the Philippine records during the Records Committee meeting. Photo by Arnel Telesforo.

Apr. 19 – Birdwatching Talk in Travel Club, Trinoma. Maia Tañedo conducted an introductory talk to birdwatching and Carmela Balcazar shared about birding in Villa Escudero. Mini-photo exhibit of birds found in the resort.

WBCP members having fun after the talk. Standing from left to right: Alain Pascua, Maia Tanedo, Jops Josef, Anna Gonzales, Adri Constantino, Jon Javier. Seated from left to right: Ronald Artillaga, Nestor Cortez, Carmela Balcazar and Trinket Canlas.

Apr. 21 – Earth Day Celebration at the Arroceros Forest Park, Manila. WBCP members participated in the celebration and offered face painting to guests.

Rhoda Tayag, Jon Javier and Vincent Lao pose by the WBCP booth. Photo by Tinggay Cinco.

Our very own eBon editor Sylvia Ramos does face and body painting of birds. Photo by Tinggay Cinco.

Apr. 22 – Earth Day Celebration at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. WBCP members also participated in the Nuvali Earth Day celebration. A talk on birdwatching was conducted as well as face painting and an actual birdwatching station.

WBCP members Tinggay Cinco, Karen Ochavo, Anna Gonzales and event organizer Pepper pose at the club’s booth. Photo from Tinggay Cinco.

WBCP member Peter Sutcliffe conducts bird drawing lessons. Photo by Tinggay Cinco.

Apr. 22 – “Owls in the City” Philippine Star article featuring the Philippine Eagle Owls of Manila Water in Balara (see eBon Feb 2012 issue)

Apr. 22 – Earth Day Clean-up at LPPCHEA.

Apr. 28 – Guided Trip to Villa Escudero. As a follow up activity for the birdwatching talk held in the Travel Club store in Trinoma, guests took a trip to Villa Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon to do actual birdwatching.

Participants enjoy views of the resident Indigo-banded Kingfisher as well as Mangrove Blue Flycatchers and Oriental Magpie Robins. Photo by Maia Tanedo.

Group photo of the participants and guides. Photo by Maia Tanedo.

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