The sun’s back and so are the sunbirds

The Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) – also called Yellow-breasted Sunbird; Yellow-bellied Sunbird at calle Zaragosa, Tacloban City

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) – a rare Philippine endemic species spotted at Lake Danao, Ormoc City, Leyte

After the seemingly unceasing rainy days of recent weeks that saw several provinces in Eastern Visayas being declared under a state of calamity, the clouds broke up early last week and things seemed to get sunny once again eliciting one giant collective sigh of relief from everybody.

I was extra blessed this passing week with my spotting of two sunbirds – one, a favorite of mine, the Siwit, the local name for the Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) also called Yellow-breasted Sunbird; Yellow-bellied Sunbird;  and, secondly, a not-so-common bird called Naked-faced Spiderhunter – a lifer (first time to view at its natural habitat) for me! – at Lake Danao in Ormoc City, Leyte.

The sunbirds and spiderhunters are a family, Nectariniidae, of very small Passerine birds (perching birds/ songbirds).

I missed seeing the Siwit at our veranda during the incessant rains I began to wonder whether she’d moved on and found a better refuge.

Then just a couple of days ago, I heard her familar call!

She was back!

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~ by gerryruiz on 13 February 2011.

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