Oriental Cuckoo 1 by Mareeba TAFE, Tinaroo Creek road, wish I'd
thought to try and play tape to get a vocal response to check whether
Oriental or Himalayan Cuckoo!
Black-faced Monarch and Dollarbird (en route to New Guinea) along
Black Mt Road, Kuranda
White Pygmy Goose 1 f.Hastie's Swamp, my fist local record for at
least 18 months, as this species seems to have vanished from all its
old haunts locally.
Red-necked Crake at Cassowary House, Kuranda, with 2 (prob. 4) juvs.
Spotted Harrier 1 ad Picnic Crossing Road near Atherton
Great Knot c. 90 Cairns Esplanade, many almost in full summer dress, a
Lesser Sand Plover 10, outnumbered Greater for once, and several in
breeding dress look to be race mongolus, with the greyish mottling on
Australian Swiftlet c. 150 heading south along the sea front, no doubt
following storm activity.
Jun Matsui was out at Michaelmas Cay today with "Seastar" and saw Red-
footed Booby and a leucistic Brown Noddy, almost entirely whitish with
a few brown blotches, would be quite a shock if it flew past at any
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