Remarkably early Koel in Newcastle, NSW

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Subject: Remarkably early Koel in Newcastle, NSW
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 04:09:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

I made a very interesting observation this morning. At approximately 0900 this 
morning I saw a male Eastern Koel in flight over Hamilton South, a suburb of 
Newcastle, NSW. I first saw the bird as it flew over a group of houses along 
Dumaresq St and watched it for a good 10-15 seconds as it flew towards a row of 
Port Jackson Figs along Gordon Ave, where it disappeared from view. I couldn't 
believe my eyes!

I have done a quick search through the archives and I found a reference to a 
July 30 bird seen around Noosa in 1999 ( see ;) but 
this is an extremely early record for this part of the country. It follows a 
report of 2 Cicadabirds in the Hunter about a fortnight ago.

Mick Roderick

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