Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: David Rees <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:13:09 +0000
Seems to me that the Koel is a species mainly from more northern climes that is undergoing a breeding range extension into more temperate parts. Native veg around here is probably not optimal for it, however established gardens with all-sorts of non-local plants (native and exotic) may offer it increasing opportunities for adult birds to feed.  Probably the same applies to the local flying foxes, Rainbow Lorikeets, even New Holland Honeyeaters and the odd Eastern Spinebill I get in my front yard (former sheep paddock) these days.


On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

If you zoom in you will see those broad areas of ‘occurrence’ (‘distribution’?!)  fine down to specific sightings. Those great blocks give no idea of rural versus urban/semi-urban. Test that with an ACT zoom-in


From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 5 December 2016 6:48 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Cc: COG List
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Here is a Koel distribution map from ebird.  

Quite a few observations are obviously far from the madding crowd.


They have been recorded a few times in Carwoola (but not, so far, this year).  I have had a report of one in Bungendore a few days ago but that is out of my core area of interest - and these days is sort of like a built up area rather than a pleasant rural village.


On 5 December 2016 at 18:33, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:


From: Baird, Ian [
Sent: Monday, 5 December 2016 5:54 PM
To: Virginia Abernathy; Mark Clayton; 'Hawkins, Brian'; 'Philip Veerman'; m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


I can’t help observing that the observers of Koels probably spend most of their time in urban areas!

Ian B


From: Virginia Abernathy [m("","virginia.abernathy");" target="_blank">]
Sent: Monday, 5 December 2016 5:48 PM
To: Mark Clayton; 'Hawkins, Brian'; 'Philip Veerman'; m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


True, that parasitized Noisy Friarbird nest was further away from urbanization, but still in someone's back garden in a residential area.


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