Pallid Cuckoos

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Subject: Pallid Cuckoos
From: "Wynton" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2001 19:40:22 +0800
Hi Birders,
I have noticed some recent observations from South Australia re the arrival of Pallid Cuckoos. Here in  Western Australia i  heard a Pallid Cuckoo calling for the first time this year at the Vines Golf Course on 30 June 2001.A quick look through my records revealed the earliest ever recording was a female on 18 June 1978 (the first male heard that year was on 24 June 1978).
The first record of a male was on 19 June 1997 that was also seen at The Vines Course.
I now know why a lot of birders do not keep detailed records, it avoids the reminder such as above  that we are 23 years older!
A final comment on the Pallid Cuckoo is that in the 70's and 80's they were common in the Perth metro area, however are now not as common in the suburbs. This is probably due to the decline in the native trees and vegetation caused by the reduction in block size and backyard.
Best Regards
Wynton Maddeford
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