I would agree with Frank about cuckoos in SW NSW/NW Victoria. I have yet to
hear a Pallid around Mildura and only one or two Horsfield's BC as well.
Rufous Songlarks were calling early (late August) near Dareton, but I heard
none last weekend when at the same location. I have seen a few Brown Songlarks
but not in big numbers - driving to Hay and back tomorrow so that should be the
test - if not there they won't be anywhere.
It is exceptionally dry at the moment and all the grass that is left is well
burnt off which might explain the lower numbers - Woodswallows and Trillers
seem to be in the usual sort of numbers.
> Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:19:33 +0800
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Brown Songlarks missing in sw Victoria
> They are largely missing in south west WA this season. I have only
> seen one just north of the Stirling Range in early October. None
> between Geraldton and Mt Magnet at the same time where I would expect some.
> Rufous Songlarks are not as common as last year, but that was
> probably exceptional, and they are certainly around in a number of places.
> White-winged Trillers are in lower numbers than usual.
> Sacred Kingfisher is possibly in lower numbers.
> Good numbers of Tree Martins, seems to be good numbers of Rainbow Bee-eaters.
> Cuckoos seem to be in lower numbers, or at least more silent than
> usual, especially Pallid.
> It has been a massive year for White-necked Herons in the SW. A
> count of 500 the other day at Forrestdale Lake in the south of Perth,
> and widespread through the south west.
> Black-tailed Native-hens have also been quite widespread, but this is
> probably a carry over from last year.
> Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
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