<>, "Russell Woodford" <>
"Philip A. Veerman" <>
Tue, 5 Sep 2000 15:34:53 +1000
The same happens up in Canberra, which is not
quite so way down south (by up I mean altitudinally). The Fantailed Cuckoo is
the one that consistently has low numbers in winter, the other Cuckoos
inconsistently have much lower numbers during winter. All this is based on the
data in the book: Birds of Canberra Gardens, which as I've often said, provides
graphs of the monthly and long term abundance of most of the 100 most common
species around here, based on 17 years continuous survey data.
-----Original Message-----Sorry to dampen the spring enthusiasm of several
contributors - but
Russell Woodford <>
Monday, 4 September 2000 16:10
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
Cuckoos also stay around all year down here in the
deep south of
Is there any way of determining whether or not a bird that
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
where - please give numbers whenever possible.
contribution: Pallid Cuckoo (probably one) calling this
in Corio (north Geelong).
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