thanks for cairns

Subject: thanks for cairns
From: "Peregrine" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 20:40:00 -0400 (EDT)
I'd just like to thank everyone who gave me tips on places to bird in 
Cairns, I had a very sucessful trip.  Highlights for me were golden 
bowerbird, Victoria's riflebird, noisy pitta, great-billed heron,fig 
parrot, lovely fairy wren, nesting sooty terns and noddys on Michalmas 
Cay, and a host of other species.  non-bird 
highlights were the Lumholtz' tree-kangaroo, spectacled flying foxes with 
babies in tow, Ulysses butterflies and various other birdwings (I still 
havn't gotten that butterfly book yet).
I have a fairly long trip report which I sent to my parents which I can 
send to anyone who is interested.
Now I just need to plan that end of school birding trip...

I also have a question for the states, at least twoof our local 
gull species( herring gull and ring-billed gull) are adept at cracking 
hard-shelled molluscs (usually clams) by carrying them up into the air for
 some distance and dropping them on hard surfaces like rocks, roads, 
rooftops, etc.  My question is, do silver gulls have this behavior?  Do they 
eat foods that would require some effort to open? What about Pacific or Kelp 

just curious,
Katie Bertsche

Katie Bertsche .........If you're too busy to go birding, you're too busy.

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