Fantail Cuckoo - and others at Callum Brae

To: David Rosalky <>
Subject: Fantail Cuckoo - and others at Callum Brae
From: sandra henderson <>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 05:11:48 +1000
Saw a FT Cuckoo at Callum Brae last Thursday. Not calling at all, and keeping close company with a mixed feeding flock of speckled warbler, buff-rumped thornbills, scarlet robins and others and fossicking on the ground with them. I too thought it was  a bit late for it to still be around.  There was a large group of dusky woodswallows in the middle of the reserve - about 20. I  know some of these stay around through the winter, but surprised to see so many.  also 3 kestrels calling (the hunting contact call, according to Morcombe app) and flying together, near one of the dams
sandra h

On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM, David Rosalky <> wrote:

When I was at the Jewish Centre in Forrest this afternoon, some children reported that a bird had crashed into the plate glass window and was injured.

I went to inspect.  The first thing I saw were a Pied Currawong and a Noisy Miner sitting side by side on a nearby railing looking distinctly malevolent.


Then I went to look at the injured bird.  It was juvenile Fantail Cuckoo.  As I approached it with a towel to pick it up, it exploded into delayed activity and flew off – followed by the PC and NM.


It is unusual to see these birds in suburban areas away from bushland.  It is also getting rather late to embark on their migration.


David R

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