Someone (I can't remember who, sorry if you're reading this!) mentioned to
me a while back a theory that Koel and Channel-billed Cuckoos migrate
straight along or down the western side of the Great Dividing Range til they
reach where they want to be, and then move coastal. If that's the case this
could explain how a bird could go unnoticed til it reaches Victoria - it
just passes through sparsely populated areas.
On 9/27/07, Wendy <> wrote:
> I find it particularly interesting that, while our northern (Qld, Sydney
> North, NSW) contributors are starting their annual 'Koel arrived' reports,
> Birdline VICTORIA reported a Koel arriving in Ocean Grove (very S
> in the first week of May. Further reports of the bird 16 and 23 Sept.
> I presume, barring human intervention, this bird has been resident
> down south all year?
> Or did it just do a very fast trip from up North all the way to Ocean
> Before the SEQ and NSW lot turned up in those areas?
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