La Mesa Eco Park and Angono Cave

Ashy Thrush

Spotted Wood Kingfisher is also possible to see very well these days.

We will spend a whole morning birding at the La Mesa Eco Park, a bird haven in the heart of Quezon City in Manila. It has become the best site to see the Ashy Thrush as it has at least 5 territories within the park. Arriving very early in the morning gives the best chance to see the Thrushes. Aside from the Thrushes, the park also holds the incredibly beautiful Red-bellied Pitta and the Hooded Pitta. These would be the main targets for birding in the park. Other target species include the Lowland White-eyes, which are very commonly seen. The La Mesa Eco Park is also a great spot for migrating and wintering birds and the list is still growing. Some migrants that have been recorded in the park include Scaly Ground Thrush, Brown-headed Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Arctic Warbler, and Pechora Pipit.

Red-bellied Pitta

The park also holds more bird species including Slaty-legged Crake, Plain Bush-hen, Barred Rail, White-eared Brown-Dove, Emerald Dove, Colasisi, Brush Cuckoo, Philippine Coucal, and Philippine Nightjar. The Indigo-banded Kingfisher and Rufous-crowned Bee-eater are sometimes seen and the Collared Kingfisher is very common in the park. Philippine Pygmy Woodpeckers are commonly heard and seen as well as Yellow-vented Bulbul, White-breasted Wood-swallow , Philippine Pied Fantail, and Black-naped Oriole. The Philippine Magpie-Robin and Grey-backed Tailorbird are also targets that can be seen here, as well as the Mangrove (Philippine) Flycatcher which is sure to be a future split. The Rufous Paradise-Flycatcher was also recorded for some time and Brown Shrikes are very common during migration season. There was also a previous record of a Naked-faced Spiderhunter in the park. There are so many possibilities for a nice morning birding at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.

Hooded Pitta

In the afternoon, we will make our way to the Angono Cave in Rizal which is a one-hour drive from the La Mesa Eco Park. We will spend several hours birding and to look for the Philippine Eagle-Owl, that has its stake out at the cave. This is a perfect opportunity to see this mighty Owl.

Mangrove(Philippine)Blue Flycatcher

We offer one whole day birding at both La Mesa Eco Park and Angono Cave in our Short Tours and Main Tours.

Philippine Eagle-Owl
Ashy Thrush

Indigo-banded Kingfisher