"out of season" vocalisations

Subject: "out of season" vocalisations
From: Roger McNeill <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:55:22 -0800 (PST)
For the past two weeks or so I have noticed an increase in certain 
vocalisations here in the Samford Valley, SEQ.  The migrant Cicadabirds, 
Channel-bill's, Koels and even the mind nummingly repetative Brush Cuckoos are 
definately slowing down.  But some residents seem to be on the up-tick 
specifically, Bush-Hen, Owlet-Nightjar and White-throated Nightjars.  

Last year at this time, I heard Bush-Hen for about two or three weeks, 
throughout the day, even when it was over 30 degrees, but then not a peep the 
rest of the year.  Now again, at the same time of the year to the week, I can 
hear one from the same area below my house.  This is only my second full year 
at this property, so I am currious if this is a regular occurance and if this 
is "out of" or "in season" for Bush-Hens to be calling? 

Night time vocalisations for two resident species are also increasing.  I have 
not heard Owlet-Nightjar at night since November, but for the past few weeks I 
have been hearing both the scream and call notes until bed-time.  I know they 
have been around as I have a stakeout Owlet-Nightjar that suns itself next to 
the house and I hear him and a neighbour scream occassionaly throughout the 
day, but have heard nothing at night for some time.  

I still flush White-throated Nightjar from the trails on my block, but have not 
heard them since October and now they are starting to call again.  

When I lived in the US I would often hear the year's young "practicing" as the 
day's shortened and cooled off, some speices would give spring time calls, 
prusumaly due to similar conditions.  I am currious if anyone else is 
experiencing the same thing?



Samford Valley

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