Over-wintering Cuckoo's ?

To: Chris Dahlberg <>, "" <>
Subject: Over-wintering Cuckoo's ?
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:51:55 +1030
hi Chris & others,
in my experience, seeing channel-bills up in the Wet Tropics during winter is 
something that I don't even take much note of these days - every year since 
1996 when I moved here from Melb, I have recorded them in the region between 
May-July, so it would seem that a small proportion of birds stay here - not in 
any huge numbers though, just the odd bird or 3... 
I have seen 1st year birds & adults here during those months too, so it's not 
an age related issue - i'd imagine like most migratory species, a few 
individuals don't return to their wintering grounds every year...
also, up here Brush Cuckoos are resident all year & i'd consider them 
non-migrants up here...
martin cachard,

> From: 
> Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:06:52 +1000
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Over-wintering Cuckoo's ?
> I too saw a Channel-billed Cuckoo at Daintree Village recently (8 July) and 
> yesterday (18 July) had a Brush Cuckoo calling at Wonga Beach.
> Channel-billed Cuckoos have overwintered here before but because Brush Cuckoo 
> was calling I suspect it is an early migrant. 
> I haven’t heard the Brush Cuckoo this morning.
> Our latitude is 16 degrees south.
> cheers
> Chris Dahlberg
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