odd Qld claims

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Subject: odd Qld claims
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 23:35:27 +1000
Birders in other parts of Australia must think there's something in the water up here for the number of bizarre, and apparently unsupported claims that have been made in the past few days.
The most outlandish is Judith's second-hand report of Flock Bronzewings passing annually over Mt Mee in the state's south-east from 1998 to 2004. Judith, if this claim has any merit I will personally walk backwards to Birdsville, where hopefully I will finally see one. I can't say what I think they are, because if the observer noted that they fly in an "eerie silence", they obviously aren't pigeons.
The report of an Australian Bustard near Caboolture is marginally less unlikely - a bird lobbed into Lytton in Brisbane's bayside some years back - but such discoveries should be reported immediately with supporting details, not published uncritically in a newsletter after the fact.
I can think of a more likely candidate than a Grey Goshawk at Yowah in the state's south-west also.
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