Occassional Cairns News June 2001

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Subject: Occassional Cairns News June 2001
From: "Keith & Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 13:39:49 +1000
Hi Everyone,
A wader count along the Cairns Esplanade, (Far North Queensland),  this
morning produced few species but higher numbers of G-T Tattlers & G. Knots
than was expected for this time of year. Species and numbers are listed at
the end.
A female Red-backed Kingfisher was also seen on our way home, unusual to see
in Cairns. Several have been reported on the Atherton Tableland, one was on
the coast at Euramo south of Tully and another in one of Cairns northern
beach suburbs. Chris Dahlberg reported his 4th Red-backed Kingfisher in 12
years at the Daintree, so it looks like this year is unusual in the number
of sightings on the coast in this region. A Blue-winged Kookaburra was
reported by Ian Cowan in one of Cairns northern suburbs, again unusual.
There has been a family of blue wings in Little Street, Cairns (near
Centenary Lakes, Botanic Gardens) for many years but these are the only ones
we know about in Cairns. The cooler weather of late has brought a few
species down from higher altitudes to the coast in Cairns, including Wompoo
Fruit-Dove, Bridled Honeyeater and Yellow-breasted Boatbill. Rufous Fantails
and Grey Fantails still appear to be passing through.

Cairns Esplanade 24/6/2001
Australian Pelican-1 been on its own now for several months
White-faced Heron-1
Little Egret-15
Great Egret-3
Intermediate Egret-7
Nankeen Night Heron-1 roosting in trees opposite playground
Royal Spoonbill-10
Osprey-1 Diving for a feed.
Bar-tailed Godwit-10
Eastern Curlew-10
Grey-tailed Tattler-35
Great Knot-92
Red-necked Stint-4
Masked Lapwing-16
Silver Gull-43
Gull-billed Tern-21
Caspian Tern-1
Crested Tern-16
Rock Dove-22
Spotted Turtle-Dove-1
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet-4
Sacred Kingfisher-2
Yellow Honeyeater-1
Brown Honeyeater-1
Willie Wagtail-4
White-breasted Woodswallow-1
Nutmeg Mannikin-2
Welcome Swallow-6
Common Myna-20+
31 species

Cheers, Keith & Lindsay

Keith & Lindsay Fisher
PO Box 2209 Cairns, (16°55' 40"S 145° 46' 35"E)
Far North Queensland 4870 Australia

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