Fan-tailed cuckoo in Maribyrnong

To: Jim Caine <>
Subject: Fan-tailed cuckoo in Maribyrnong
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 23:48:13 +0800
At 16:17 28/07/2003 +1000, Jim Caine wrote:
Yesterday, Sunday 27/7/2003, I was able to observe a Fan-tailed cuckoo, calling persistently from a wattle tree adjacent to the Maribyrnong River about 1 km south of the Canning St Bridge in Maribyrnong (Melbourne). I had heard it the previous weekend but couldn't locate it. This is the first cuckoo I've recorded in this section of the river since I began regular visits in January this year. Perhaps a sign spring is on the way ??

Is the Fan-tailed Cuckoo a bird of spring in the east? In the west we start to hear them in winter (June and sometimes as early as May) in suitable habitat, so I think of them more as a bird of winter in SW WA, although they continue to call through to about October. I have always wondered where they go in the summer and early autumn. You can often find one on the far south coast in this period, but in July to September they are fairly common through the south west.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694              Email : 

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU