Birding at the La Mesa Nature Reserve

September 15, 2019

By Stephanie Lim

Haribon members and friends gathered last September 7, 2019 for a morning birdwatching at the La Mesa Nature Reserve.

Known mostly for its bike trails, the La Mesa Nature Reserve is one of the few places in Metro Manila where you can experience an almost virgin forest, one that’s abundant with a variety of our native trees, birds and insects.

Participants observed a total of 19 different bird species, including endemics such as the Scale-feathered Malkoha and Stripe-sided Rhabdornis. Raptors such as the Osprey and Peregrine Falcon were also spotted in the area.

The activity also doubled as a native tree trek as there were least 26 native tree species identified. This included the Antipolo, Kamagong, Kupang and Narra. Several insect species were also abound, showing how diverse the wildlife was in the reserve. 

Princess del Castillo holds a large Antipolo leaf.