FW: [canberrabirds] Fan-tailed Cuckoo at Bluetts Block this morning (?)

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Fan-tailed Cuckoo at Bluetts Block this morning (?)
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 01:37:48 +0000

Fan-tailed Cuckoos can remain and call throughout winter, sometimes being heard at local orienteering venues, of which Bluett’s is one - although not the favourite of the fence-averse.  The presence of FTCs was shown in the ‘winter birds’ exercise some years ago.  I think I prepared the below the last time this was raised


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From: Steve Read <>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2019 10:40 AM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Fan-tailed Cuckoo at Bluetts Block this morning (?)


Bluetts Block was quiet and still in the cool sunshine this morning. There was evidence of the recent rain, and a number of Spotted Pardalotes were hanging around a puddle at the side of the (recently graded) track. A flock of Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos came through to break the quiet.


One of the bird calls in the background was a repeated descending trill, in the ‘bouncing-ball’ style of a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. I entered the observation into eBird under this species (, being slightly surprised by hearing it at this season. but was wondering: is there any other species I could have confused this call with? I’m reasonably confident that it wasn’t a White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin or Eastern Spinebill.




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