Barred Cuckoo-shrike

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Subject: Barred Cuckoo-shrike
From: "Dion Hobcroft" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:53:43 +1100
Visited Surfers Parade, Thirroul today looking for a vagrant Barred
Cuckoo-shrike (third record in two hundred and twelve years) to County of
Cumberland- Illawarra. Met the finders and have no doubt it is a genuine
report. Unfortunately it was last seen on Sunday after having spent all of
Saturday eating the fruits of a small-leafed fig. It was a solitary adult
which gave extended views. There is quite a clump of littoral figs at this
site very close to the beach. On Sunday a storm removed most of the figs and
the BCS has departed but to where? It must be out there somewhere along with
the Little Bronze-cuckoo, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Varied Triller, Forest
Kingfisher-a host of subtropical rarities to central NSW.

Other records of BCS-Sydney 1886, Wollongong Botanic Gardens 1999. Thanks to
Chris Brandis for letting us know.

Good birding


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