odd Qld claims

To: "'knightl'" <>
Subject: odd Qld claims
From: "Robyn Howard" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 08:56:40 +1000
Yes, Flock Pigeon is an old alternative name for the Topknot Pigeon.  I hear
it occasionally from older birdos in particular.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of knightl
Sent: Wednesday, 6 October 2004 4:40 PM
To: Andrew Stafford
Subject: odd Qld claims

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.
> Andrew

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