First Fantailed Cuckoo -Ivanhoe, Vic.

To: "'Greg and Val Clancy'" <>, "'brian fleming'" <>, <>
Subject: First Fantailed Cuckoo -Ivanhoe, Vic.
From: Richard Loyn <>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:49:41 +1000
Hi Greg, fan-tailed cuckoos are mainly summer migrants to Victoria, though a
few do overwinter (and sometimes even call mid-winter).  I published an
article a few years ago about bush-bird migration, obscurely in the
Interpretive Birding Bulletin, would you like a copy?  A Wingspan report
(1999) on the Australian Bird Count (by Peter Griffioen, Mike Clarke &
myself) also deals with such matters using ABC & Atlas data.  One of the
features about bush-bird migration is the mass exodus of many insectivores
from wet forest for the winter (reported in Emu 85, etc), many people don't
realise that common birds like grey fantails and golden whistlers are almost
entirely summer visitors to wet forests (summer visitor defined as absent
for a period each winter).  Cheers, Richard.

Richard Loyn
Eco Insights

4 Roderick Close 
Viewbank VIC 3084
ph: 03-9459 4268
mob: 0488-77 66 78

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Greg and Val
Sent: Saturday, 31 August 2013 11:44 AM
To: brian fleming; 
Subject: First Fantailed Cuckoo -Ivanhoe, Vic.

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

-----Original Message-----
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.

Anthea Fleming
Ivanhoe, Vic
near Darebin Creek


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