An early Koel call - Friday, July 30 - came from Pomona, near Noosa and in
the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Qld. The observers were Brian Holley
and his wife. There was a further report from them yesterday that there are
two Koels calling.
This is a very early report, and may be an isolated case. I checked last
year's records. There was one from Jan Penne, who saw one on July 3 while
holidaying at Lakefield NP in FNQ, but I imagine this was an overwintering
bird. Down our way, the earliest report came from David Walton, who heard a
Koel in Beerwah, Sunshine Coast, in mid-August. Most of the first spring
sightings came as August turned into September.
Which brings me to my next request. Many people contributed last year, and
I would ask observers once again to advise me of their first
sightings/hearings of the
KOEL, CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOO, and DOLLARBIRD.
Birding-aus doesn't need to be overloaded, so kindly reply to my private
address with DATE, LOCATION, SPECIES. I appreciate those who take the time
to pass on information.
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
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