Urban cuckoos

To: "'michael norris'" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Urban cuckoos
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:43:49 +0930
Er? Isn't it always winter in Melbourne ??

Tony Russell

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Subject: Urban cuckoos

Hi Martin and all

1. It's not "winter" in Melbourne - we never have a real winter, meaning
time when nature stops to deal with the cold. I can't remember the 
aboriginal word but for me it is "wattletime".  Incidentally it was 20
the city last week.

2. I hope people will let me, or the list, or the atlases know the
"urban" cuckoo dates this season.

Here's a summary of the records I know from SE Melbourne, especially 
Bayside: :

Pallid:  Jacqui Sheppard's Edithvale record on Birding-aus for 1
2002 is the earliest since 1952 when the area was mainly market gardens
swamps.  Back then there were records in July as well as August.

Fan-tailed: known to over-winter in the Melbourne region. Most recent
date 4-1/7/1994. But, even going back to the 1950s no record in August 
before the 15th. In last ten years arrived twice in late August: 26th

Shining: first returns in last 10 years in August: 13, 24, 27, 29.    In

early 1950s records on 2nd and 5th.  No July records.

Horsefields: earliest first return 13/8/2001.  Other August first dates 
15/8/ 57, 17/8/97, 19/8/95.

So is Horsefields Bronze-cuckoo arriving earlier? From these data it
to be behaving differently from the other three species, all of which
showing later arrival dates.

Michael Norris

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