We've only been living in the west of Brisbane since 2006 - so not long
enough to tell whether overwintering Rufous Fantails is a new phenomenon.
When I say that a few birds overwinter, there are a couple of spots where
I see them maybe one, two or three times between May and August, which are
Mill Road in the Moggill State Forest, and Gold Creek Reserve in Upper
Brookfield, on the edge of the Brisbane State Forest. I'm sure there are
some in the Brisbane birding community who have the information on earlier
Associate Professor Rod Gardner
School of Education & Professional Studies (Brisbane, Logan)
Mount Gravatt Campus
Tel: ±61 7 3735 3472
"Greg & Val Clancy" <>
<>, "Rod Gardner" <>
13/04/2010 09:38 AM
Re: [Birding-Aus] Re; Monarchs & Rufous Fantails.
I would be interested to know how far back your records of overwintering
Rufous Fantails go. Is it a recent phenomenon? Unlike southern and
NSW Rufous Whistlers and White-throated Gerygones are present all year on
the NSW North Coast, although some may migrate. Rufous Whistlers numbers
have usually increased at Coutts Crossing during the autumn-winter but in
the last 3 or 4 years they have been scarce.
Rainbow Bee-eaters are considered to over-winter north from Iluka, NSW.