I live in Townsville and regarding Dollarbirds, they passed through in Oct/Nov
and have been mostly absent since. Last Wednesday morning, south of here in the
Giru area, we saw many Dollarbirds and that afternoon, I saw them again in
Townsville, obviously on the return migration. The Giru run was also successful
in seeing a pair of Zitting Cisticola, with the male in full vocal display
mode. For details and photograph see Birdline North Queensland on Eremaea
website < http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=5 >.
I've also noted a big increase in Koel (more males than females are calling)
and Rainbow Bee-eater numbers, but no Channel-billed Cuckoos.
On 28/03/2010, at 2:44 PM, Helen Larson wrote:
> Saw our first oriental dollarbird in the area (Mission Beach, FNQ) since
> moving here last September. So many 'expected' birds are absent or in very
> low numbers.
> And a single Wood sandpiper at the East Feluga fish farm ponds, which we had
> not previously visited. The ponds look like a good spot to keep an eye on,
> though difficult to see through the roadside veg. Wandering whistling ducks,
> little black cormorant, black-fronted dotterel were there too.
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