odd Qld claims

To: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Subject: odd Qld claims
From: knightl <>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 16:40:11 +1000
I once came across an old timer round Canungra in SEQ who reckoned he
had seen flock pigeons in the area.  I presumed that was a local name
for something like topknot pigeons which notably fly in flocks.

Birding Aus is not a scientific journal, so I wouldn't get too worked
up either way about anything that gets circulated on it - I see BA's
function more as a set of jungle drums, carrying messages of varying
reliability and interpretation.  All messages should be read with a
salt shaker at the ready.

Regards, Laurie.

On Tuesday, October 5, 2004, at 11:35  PM, Andrew Stafford wrote:

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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