Re: New Years Day 1999

To: Alexandra Appleman <>, "Ian Clayton" <>, "Rolf Jenson" <>
Subject: Re: New Years Day 1999
From: David James <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 17:20:08 +1000
At 07:29 2/01/99 +1000, Alexandra Appleman wrote:

>>333 White-rumped Swiftlet Collocalia  spodiopygia 30

presumably these were at Cromarty?

>>693 White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos 6
>these were nesting at Serpentine; the closest that we have known it to
>Townsville.  Perhaps David James will correct me or confirm that?

I think Serpentine is about 40 km S of Townsville. This is the first record
I know of from the Townsville Coastal Plains. I've recorded Choughs at
Speed Ck on Herveys Range, about 50 km W c. 450 m altitude. There is no
mention of Chough's in Jo Weineke's "The Birds of Townsville"  which
incorporates Stephen Garnett's Townsville data. Unfortunately the data of
some skilled and energetic birders that have lived in Townsville in recent
decades is not recorded anywhere. Who knows what was seen by the likes of
John McKean, Kath Shurcliff, Gordon Claridge, Richard Johnson and Ray
Swaby?  I can neither correct nor confirm. 
David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre 4810

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