Songlarks, cuckoos

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Subject: Songlarks, cuckoos
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 18:45:24 +1000
These weekend was notable for a number of spring migrants that seemed to move into the NW Chapman/Cooleman Ridge area.
First among these was the Rufous Songlark, with 4 of them calling/displaying within a few hundred metres of each other on the NW edge of Cooleman Ridge, with another being heard earlier on the edge of the horse paddocks/former Narrabundah Hill pine plantation.  Three Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoos had just been seen (but quiet) in the same tree.  These were very lightly barred indeed - but another was heard and then a further one seen calling within a km, possibly (though by no means certain) one of the first group.  While a relatively early returning migrant, these were the first records of this species in the area this spring.
The first Pallid Cuckoo was also heard moving through early this morning, with the first White-winged Triller (a male calling) seen yesterday morning.  Also notable this weekend were the number of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters moving through - very few indeed for September. 
Finally a first since the fires was 2 Double-barred Finches seen this morning, though these were also rare pre-fires.  While generally bird life has been comparatively quiet since the excellent first year back, a number of species have been recorded for the first time over the past couple of months, including Brown Thornbill in my GBS, Grey Shrike-thrush and Red-browed Finch, all of which were relatively common pre-fires.
Jack Holland
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