Subject: Cuckoos
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 17:11:29 +1100
Sorry to dampen the spring enthusiasm of several contributors - but Fantailed Cuckoos do overwinter way down south. I've recorded them at Deakin University (as has Margaret Cameron), the You Yangs, and the Western Treatment Plant (Werribee) during winter months. I have no idea whether many stay or just a few scattered individuals. As far as I can tell they are not very vocal at that time of year, so may be overlooked.

Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoos also stay around all year down here in the deep south of Victoria.

Is there any way of determining whether or not a bird that suddenly starts calling is a recent arrival, rather than one that's just decided to sing after spending a quiet winter?

Please keep these spring reports coming in - it's useful to know what is moving where - please give numbers whenever possible.

My own contribution: Pallid Cuckoo (probably one) calling this morning (4-9-00) in Corio (north Geelong).



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