Where are the Pallid Cuckoos this year?

To: Lawrie Conole <>
Subject: Where are the Pallid Cuckoos this year?
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:19:14 +0000
Maris may have some truth in her "Sunny West" statement.

We have just driven from Melbourne to and from Perth and Albany and
heard Pallids en route.  I have not heard any around Melbourne in the
9 years I have lived here.  I recall hearing a nature talk on radio
50 years ago saying spraying in Vic was reducing their numbers in
parts of Vic.

We heard them at Merridin, and Meckering, and probably other places
but I have not got all the sightings into the computer yet.  We saw
and heard many more fan-tailed Cuckoo across South and Western
Australia.  We even saw a Sacred Kingfisher watching closely from 1
metre; a pair copulating on the power line at Cheyne Beach, East of


Michael Tarburton


On 28/09/2015, at 10:32 AM, Lawrie Conole wrote:

> Hi
> I'm curious - are you? Normally by mid-August around where I live
> the air
> is thick with the calls of Pallid Cuckoos. One can barely move
> through the
> countryside edgewise without bumping into a few.
> It's nearly October and I haven't heard one around home, or in various
> other places up to Kyneton or down to Melton/Bacchus Marsh
> (southern edge
> of central Victoria) where I've been in the last month. There are a
> few
> bronze-cuckoos about (Shining and Horsfield's) and small numbers of
> Fan-tailed Cuckoos (including night-calling birds with this full
> moon).
> Interested to hear from anyone who does have Pallid Cuckoos
> arriving/arrived, or is this just a really odd year for the species?
> cheers
> ++++++++++++
> Dr Lawrie Conole
> Tylden Vic 3444
> Australia
> lconole [at]
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