To: <>, "Russell Woodford" <>
Subject: Cuckoos
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: 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.
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From: Russell Woodford <>
To: <>
Date: Monday, 4 September 2000 16:10
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Cuckoos

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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