first drongo of the season

To: "Robert Inglis" <>,
Subject: first drongo of the season
From: Julian & Fay Bielewicz <>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 11:03:49 +1000

I'm not sure what your question is aiming at.  There is a time when the
Spangled Drongo is HERE and a time when it is not.  The former time is what
I mean by its "season".

My records indicate that over the past few decades Spangled Drongo on the
Redcliffe Peninsula (SE Queensland, 35km NNE of BRISBANE) has been a winter
visitor.  Their "season" in Redcliffe tends to be from April (eg seen at
Florence Street on 23 April -St George's Day- 1994) through to August (eg
seen behind the local golf course in 1993) but with the largest
concentration (or at least the most recorded sightings) occurring during
June and July (eg several records from the local airport and from Florence

One of course cannot be arbitary about these dates.  Your February sighting
[which incidently should have gone onto BIRDLINE :-)] is an early record
(now added to my database).  There was still one specimen around Florence
Street by as late as September 1997.  John NOYCE had recorded them at least
once in all months except January, October or December 1973-75, in 1983 and

I could quote a number of sources, Bob, but your own notes(at the time when
I was putting the finishing touches to THE BIRDS OF THE REDCLIFFE PENINSULA,
SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND (The Sunbird 1996 Vol. 26 Number 4) confirm that
Spangled Drongo is a winter visitor to the Redcliffe Peninsula. 

I hope that is what you were after.


PS As of this morning, 25 April 2000, the Koel is still around using the
Mulberry tree as a perch/roost and gorging itself on sliced banana and
lorikeet mixture.

The Spangled Drongo is also around calling as I type this.

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