Arrival Dates of Dollarbirds in central NSW

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Subject: Arrival Dates of Dollarbirds in central NSW
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 11:20:23 +1000
Hi Birders,

Obviously I am always interested in arrival and departure dates of migrants, although I believe too much emphasis can be placed on the first returning bird, when it should be more, the mean of the arrival dates.

Neil Kirby says his Dollarbird that he saw yesterday 24/9, was 3 weeks earlier than recorded last year (2005). But was around in 1970s to cvompare such dates?

However, the first Central Coast arrival this year was seen by my wife Anne 23/9/06 in our street, Murray St Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast.

Previous first arrival dates for the Central Coast since 1993 have been:


So there is nothing special about the arrival of 23/9/2006, as it is only one day earlier than in 1996.

The earliest Sydney arrival date as mention by E.S. Hoskin (the Birds of Sydney 1991), was 20/9/1974 and the earliest in more recen times is 7/9/1993 & 7/9/1996. However this year, Mick Roderick had a Dollarbird at Upper Dartbrook (Newcastle area) on 5/9/2006, but not seen since?

So I don't think that one can jump to too many conclusions from these dates, although for the Central Coast there does appear to be a trend to earlier arrivals but unfortunately there was no one much around to record these dates in the 1970s and 1980s. Similarly Ern could only draw his info from about 10-12 birders in the 1960s & 1970s, compared to the 100s who now note such matters.

Alan Morris

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