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Increase in number of migratory birds in Balanga recorded

MANILA, Philippines – Apparently even migratory birds have found it more fun in the Philippines.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recorded 25,935 migratory birds in Balanga City, Bataan in one day from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Sunday. This is an increase of 11,036 from 14,899 recorded on January 28, 2012, according to a report of the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday.

Among the migratory birds sighted in the seaside villages of Tortugas, Lote Itaas, Lote Ibaba and Sibacan/Tuyo included little, intermediate and large egrets; the black-winged stilt; the whiskered tern; the great crested tern; gray plover; shank; heron; and moorhen. It was only the third time that six great crested tern were sighted in the Wetland Park in Tortugas, according to the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP).

The DENR undertook the census along with the WBCP, the local government of Balanga, and some university students from the province.

"It is amazing there are many species that filled up the sky when they were simultaneously flying," the PNA quoted Fr. Auks Enjaynes, OP, a member of WBCP from Cebu, as saying.

DENR forester Daniel Miguel said the large number of birds recorded in Balanga showed that there are more food for birds in the city.

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Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III said that the census results showed that the city is succeeding in its goal of promoting Balanga as a bird-watching site.

WBCP vice-president Gina Mapua lauded Balanga for the large increase in the number of migratory birds in the city.

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