Plum-heads at Cairns

Subject: Plum-heads at Cairns
From: <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 19:26:55 +1000
Hi Phil, 

I visited Half Moon Bay Golf Course last week - a surprisingly good 
wetland. Also present was an immature Pied Heron, which could easily be 
overlooked in the Willow.


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Subject: Plum-heads at Cairns 
From: Sue Gregory <> 
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2005 08:22:11 +1000 

hi Folks,

Stopped at Half moon Bay Golf Course pond at Yorkey's Knob just north 
of Cairns as we returned from PNG on June 1, and found a male and two 
female plumaged Plum-headed Finch in with a flock of about 60 Chestnut-
breasted and Nutmeg Mannikins, feeding on newly mown grass opposite the 
sports club adjacent to the pond. This is my first local area record, 
though I have seen them at Georgetown some 4 hours drive west. Also 4 
Radjah Shelduck on the island on the pond, a tick for many of my group 
and scarce locally.

June 2 saw us see about 20 White-browed and 4+ Masked Wood-swallows 
still around the flowering gums at marker post 175 just beyond Koah 
servo on the Mareeba Road, where they have been since late April. 
Clearly a few odd species around this year, let's hope for more.

Good birding
Phil Gregory

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