Russell Woodford <>
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
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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