Asian migratory birds in Cavite

ROSARIO, Cavite (PIA) - Thousands of Asian migratory birds were seen in coastal waters of Rosario town, this province, particularly in the Isla Bonita Resort in Barangay Muzon 1, and were observed as well in profuse numbers in Barangay San Rafael III in Noveleta town.

The recent occurrence of these migratory birds have amazed local residents here and local officials, through Rosario's Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Engineer Marconi Austria, have requested the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Cavite through the agency's Protected Areas Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) and PENRO Information Office to assist them in the identification of these migratory birds.

The DENR-PAWCZMS has identified that most of the Asian water birds observed in the area are Little Egrets, Terns, and Common Sandpipers.

Rosario Mayor Jose M. Ricafrente, Jr. said it was only this season when abundant migratory birds were seen gathered in the area. He said the local government's efforts in maintaining beauty, cleanliness and creation of the artificial reef along the coastal area might be attributed for attracting the migratory birds to the area, because such efforts have also seen the increase of fish production.

Also, the influx of Asian birds might had been encouraged by the preservation of the natural ''Isla Pajaro'' island in aforesaid resort, which has become the resting place of the birds.

Ricafrente said he will look into the preservation of the place, including protecting it from swimmers, and other disturbances. He said he plans to declare the place a bird sanctuary for ecotourism purposes.

Little Egrets, Terns and Black Winged stilts were also observed in abundance in Barangay San Rafael III, even as Owls were also seen in the Amaya Elementary School in Tanza, and Pawikan nesters in Naic, Cavite.