channel-bill cuckoos, Yungaburra, north Qld

To: Helen Larson <>
Subject: channel-bill cuckoos, Yungaburra, north Qld
From: Gordon Claridge <>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2018 07:09:33 +1000
Here in the Vinegar Hill area (~30km E of Toowoomba, Queensland) they have 
turned up between 17 and 21 September almost every year for the 20 years we 
have kept records.

This year we heard the first call on 9 September and then nothing until the 

Could the difference be the very low rainfall over the past two years?  Maybe 
they are keeping on going without stopping here.  

This year we had only 88mm from the end of March to the end of September.  
Thousands of mature stringy-bark eucalypts along the ridges (shallow soils?) 
are completely brown (unclear yet whether they are dead) as are acacias and 
some ironbarks.  The ridge tops are obvious in the view as lines of brown 
across the landscape.  These aren’t young trees, but decades old mature trees, 
many in the National Park on our boundary.

> On 7 Oct 2018, at 5:31 PM, Helen Larson <> wrote:
> Heard one here in big paperbarks at Wongaling Beach FNQ yesterday afternoon 
> about 3pmish. 
> Helen
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 8 Sep 2018, at 7:39 am, Alan Gillanders <> 
>> wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I heard my first Chanel-billed cuckoos for the season this morning at about 
>> 6 am. It sounded like two or more birds. Later I heard a single bird calling 
>> at about 0620. This is by far the earliest I’ve recorded them in Yungaburra.
>> Regards,
>> Alan
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