Census: 13,047 migratory birds fly to Mindanao
More than 13,000 foreign birds, mostly Whimbrel, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt, and Common Tern, have flocked Southern Mindanao in the first quarter.
Southern Mindanao or Davao Region (Region 11), composed of the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley, was flocked by a total of 13,047 migratory birds, based on the global Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) led by non-profit organization Wetlands International.
At least 4,699 birds were found in Malalag, Davao del Sur; 4,848 in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and 3,500 birds in Banaybanay in Davao Oriental. Most of the bird species were Whimbrel, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Whimbrel, and Common Tern, among others.
The global bird count was part of the AWC, which seeks to obtain information on the population of migratory birds in wetlands, as well as to monitor on an annual basis, the status and condition of wetlands. The bird census was initiated in the Indian subcontinent in 1987 and has grown rapidly covering more than 32 countries worldwide.
According to Wetlands International’s National Wetlands Program, many species of waterbirds fly in droves during winter to go to warmer and more hospitable tropics, such as the Philippines, in search for food.
After which, they go back to their country of origin in summer. The Philippines, like Japan and China, is part of the East Asian Flyway, a major migratory pathway. A total of 77 species of migratory birds use this flyway annually.
Based on web research, the East Asian–Australasian Flyway is one of the world’s great flyways. At its northernmost it stretches eastwards from the Taimyr Peninsula in Russia to Alaska. Its southern end encompasses Australia and New Zealand. Between these extremes the Flyway covers much of eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia and the western Pacific. In total, the flyway passes through 22 countries with approximately five million birds traveling along it.