Toonpan , North Qld.

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Subject: Toonpan , North Qld.
From: "Marleen Acton" <>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2001 22:56:51 +1000
G'day everyone,
                        Thanks to Alex Appleman I have now been receiving mail for about two months and although I have sent emails to some of you privately. Think that it is about time that I contribute to the list. So here goes.
Toonpan is one of Townsville's birders top spots, as a morning spent out there can produce all sorts and a list of anywhere from 50 -? the highest for me has been 80 species.
It seems that each time you go out something different turns up.My last visit was on May 13th and as usual produced some exciting birds for around here.
Almost as soon as we arrived the place was alive with Grey Fantails having just this month arrived from southern regions. There were also about 12 Black-chinned Honeyeaters. Restless Flycatcher was the next bird to catch our eye. With Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Australian Pratincole also moving in. A new bird for the list was Lemon-bellied Flycatcher taking our complete list for the area to 170 species.
There are still some young Black Swans to be seen plus lots of Ducks - Wood, Black,  Wandering Whistling, & Hardhead. Heaps of Cotton Pygmy Geese and Coots although the last two are a long way out.
For our morning effort we spotted 76 species.
Marleen Acton
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