Spring Migrants - Daintree

Subject: Spring Migrants - Daintree
From: (Chris Dahlberg)
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 16:51:43 +1000 (EST)
Hello everybody
                 with a warm winter and many over-wintering species it is
hard to be accurate about the spring arrivals. Sunday for instance a
solitary Metallic Starling was seen at Daintree and with so many at Cairns
all year it is difficult to know if this was a recent arrival. The first
migrant that I see is usually the Brown-backed Honeyeater. One was here this
morning at a nesting site, they seem to arrive with paperbark in their
bills. The second is usually the Brush Cuckoo that parasitises the B-b C's
nest however some of these over-wintered.
    There was a dramatic change to the weather here 3 days ago (warm and
fine with cool nights) and some birds like Sunbirds and Large-billed
Gerygones are building nests. A consequence of the L-b G's activities is
that where ever I go in the valley, Gould's Bronze Cuckoos are calling.
    On another note, if anyone has the email address for Richard and Sara
Thomas could they pass it to me privately please.
cheers for now
  Chris Dahlberg
  Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours
  Daintree Village Q 4873
Ph/fax International +61 7 4098 7997, Australia 07 4098 7997, Local 4098 7997

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