Outing to Urambi Hills - Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos

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Subject: Outing to Urambi Hills - Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos
From: "Steve Holliday" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:53:41 +1000

The Horsfield’s B Cuckoos must have just arrived, there were also 2 calling away at Mulligans Flat today, didn’t hear any yesterday, several Pallids in good voice as well.





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Sent: Wednesday, 19 August 2009 2:36 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Outing to Urambi Hills and plan for next month


Gang-gang editors please include the items in next edition.

Outing to Urambi Hills 19 August

21 members and guests turned out for a trip led by Michael Robbins to his local patch.  Excellent weather was arranged, with birds to match.  In total 47 species were recorded comprising a mixture of Winter birds and returning migrants.

The catalyst for going to this venue was Michael recently noting large numbers of Flame Robins and some Diamond Firetails in the area.  Despite the reports of large numbers of Flame Robins in Namadgi and similar locales, we spotted 3 brown birds of this species as well as at least 4 Scarlet Robins.  The Diamond Firetails were unfortunately elsewhere.

Honeyeaters were well in evidence with flocks of 4 and 6 Red Wattlebirds almost certainly being returning migrants.  Other honeyeaters seen were White-eared, White-plumed, Yellow-faced and Eastern Spinebills.  3 Black-fronted Dotterels were seen on a dam and 3 Australian Pipits were chasing each other on the hillside.  Raptors were evident with Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Goshawk and Nankeen Kestel seen over the hills.

Bird of the trip was a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo.  This was initially seen clinging to a mullein stalk and later observed walking on the ground being chased by a female Flame Robin.  The bird then flew to the top of a dead tree where it was further harassed by a White-eared Honeyeater.  Both assailants are listed in HANZAB as host species for this Cuckoo.

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