Papuan Frogmouth nests early.

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Subject: Papuan Frogmouth nests early.
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 21:53:45 +1000
After the two failed Wet Seasons of 2002-3 it seems that some species are not waiting for their normal breeding time. Yesterday (31/07) a male Papuan Frogmouth was spotted on a nest in Port Douglas!
    In the nine years that I have resided locally my earliest nesting record is 15th of October and in that instance that pair bred again using the same nest through the Wet Season. This indicates that food supply plays a big part in breeding dynamics in the Wet Tropics.
    Other species perhaps trying to make up for lost breeding opportunity are Lovely Fairy-wrens, White-throated Gerygones and Banded Honeyeaters. These honeyeaters would be the most nomadic member of the genus in the north and don't normally show up until November, but are established in savannah woodland due to the big flowering of eucalypts.
    Last week at Lake Mitchell north of Mareeba there were about 15 young Pied Geese unable to fly which again is unseasonal.
    Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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