NT Birdchat this week

Subject: NT Birdchat this week
From: "Niven" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 20:17:06 +0930
Hi all
The weather is definitely hotting up in the Top End. The birds are 
trickling in. A few highlights for the week reported on our chatline. 
Please check the source if wishing to quote these observations.

Mangrove Golden Whistler near Darwin hospital - a good sighting of 
a difficult to find bird.

Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Palmerston (near Darwin) sewage works -
 the status of this species up here is a bit of a mystery, though I'm 
working on trying to get the 'real gen' on it. Undoubtedly many 
claims over the years would refer to immature Chestnut-breasted. 

Barn Swallow near Darwin hospital - first record for season.

Oriental Pratincoles (up to 6) at Knuckey Lagoons near Darwin.

Pacific Swifts - first for the season, near Darwin Hospital and in 

Channel-billed Cuckoo, Buffalo Creek & Wanguri (both Darwin)

Brown Goshawk seen to kill a Cattle Egret, but a dog came and 
took the dead bird so the Gos missed out on its feed. Rather large 
prey for a goshawk?

Brown Booby (18), sitting on a buoy in Darwin Harbour - a rather 
large number for our area.

Happy birding down there


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