Your note about the Fan-tailed Cuckoo is interesting. One of the first, if
not the first, observation of this species that I had was of a bird that
flew into our school building at Cronulla, Sydney, NSW. It unfortunately
died. I was interested that you stated that it was the first cuckoo in
spring. Are they absent from your area during the autumn-winter? I ask
this because they are observed more often on the NSW north coast during the
autumn-winter in atypical habitats such as dry forest and woodland and urban
and suburban areas. I wonder if this species can be added to the growing
list of southern species that migrate north for the winter (Silvereye,
Golden Whistler, Grey Fantail, Striated Pardalote, ?Southern Boobook (or
Mopoke), Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater etc. etc.). I
would be interested to hear from others on this topic.
Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153 | 0429 601 960
From: brian fleming
Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:25 AM
Subject: First Fantailed Cuckoo -Ivanhoe, Vic.
On hearing the first cuckoo in spring .. the thud of a bird hitting the
glass door. Usually it's a Spotted Dove, but today at 9.00 a.m. a
Fantailed Cuckoo was clinging to the cross-bar, stunned and motionless.
I took a couple of poorly focussed photos while Brian walked round the
house to put a tea-towel over it. We put it into a shoebox for an hour
to recuperate in peace and safety. An hour later it was released and
flew off, apparently unharmed.
near Darebin Creek
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