Re: Fan-tailed Cuckoos

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Subject: Re: Fan-tailed Cuckoos
From: "Isaac Clarey" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 13:11:23 +1000
Hi all,
I also saw my first Fan-tailed Cuckoo for the season today at my home in Riddells Creek (near Mt Macedon, northwest of Melbourne). I heard it calling early this morning so I went outside to check it out. I got good, but very short views of it before a car scared it away. Making my way back, I heard another one, possibly two, calling a fair distance away. I am pretty sure that this/these birds weren't the same bird that I had observed, as the calling seemed to come from the opposite direction in which the bird flew.
My records for Fan-tailed Cuckoos are fairly similar to the ones Philip Veerman found for Canberra (though they are only based over one year). I notice an influx of birds in late August to early September, from then numbers increse sharply to about October/November and then seem to dissappear altogether from December on. This was also the same trend for other cuckoo species, such as Pallid and Horsfield's Bronze which are regular around my area. I'm sure some people would have a few records of Fan-tailed Cuckoos during the other months of the year, but my guess is that most birds migrate north from southern Victoria from about January/February to early August.
Isaac Clarey
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