Woodswallows on the coast of Cairns a month or so ago...???

To: martin cachard <>
Subject: Woodswallows on the coast of Cairns a month or so ago...???
From: Dominic Funnell <>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:18:46 +1000
Hi Martin
Oddly enough Blue-faced HE are one of the commonest HEs in my garden - was
really surprised as had never seen them on the coastal plain before! I did
not see the Koah birds but I know via John Seales e-mails that Phil Gregory
had 40+ over Cassowary House on 2/5, the Koah record was from around then
as well I believe. There have been a few records of White-browed;
Black-faced and Masked in the general area east of Mareeba as per John
Seale e-mails - a mixed flock of all three at Clohesy River Rd reported by
Andy Anderson on 29/4 "near highway, hundreds have been there for three
Would be good to meet up Martin, we did live in Yorkeys until about 7
months ago then had to move out but will be moving back in a couple of weeks

On 21 May 2015 at 13:01, martin cachard <> wrote:

> Hey there Dominic,
> nice to get a quick reply mate, thanx.
> I was sort of relying on you a little Dom, knowing (or assuming!!!) that u
> lived at Yorkeys Knob (that's on the coast less than 5kms to south of
> Trinity Beach for our non-local birders out there).
> do u recall the dates Dom of when these Masked WS were at Koah?
> did u see the birds yourself or just hear about them??
> I wonder if any White-browed WS were with them??
> even though I didn't get the best of light from 45-10mins before sunrise
> on the day I saw the huge flock at home, I reckon there would've been a
> smattering of White-browed's amongst the Masked's.
> the light actually got more difficult as sunrise got closer (I saw this
> flock from my beachfront balcony & I face EAST, so the light was tricky to
> say the very least!!).
> but I remember as soon as I heard them & looked up, they were fairly low,
> but once I got my trusty Swarovs onto a few of them, I did see one
> White-browed WS... it wasn't the best of looks, so I ran downstairs to get
> a better view(always an optimist!).
> but they were so much higher, & the height got worse & worse as the
> sunrise got closer & closer!!!
> but at least I got a much better handle of the number of birds by being on
> the ground with a perfectly clear (but by then DISTANT) view!!
> Koah is just inland of Kuranda for the non-locals, but in the eucalypt
> belt.
> so that's more normal than beachfront, shall we say...
> But these two WS species aren't recorded at Koah all that often either -
> probably once every 4 or 5 years a small group gets reported somewhere
> between Mareeba & Koah, usually a mixed species flock of both WS but not
> always... & not always in same species ratio either.
> & certainly never have I heard of 500++ being recorded in relative recent
> times in our district here either!!
> so Dom, thanx for that.
> but also mate, a Pied Butcherbird in Caravonica is also more than a bit
> unusual too!!
> I've never seen one there myself or even heard of one ever being there,
> but guess what Dom...??
> I totally believe you...
> because I often see Blue-faced Honeyeaters in that Lake
> Placid-Caravonica-Smithfield area, & even at home (seen only once at
> home) beachfront at Trinity Beach too!!
> So thanx so much mate for your reply & keep looking & stay open-minded...
> we will have to meet up one day too Dominic...
> cheers,
> martin cachard.
> trinity beach, cairns.
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