Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

To: 'martin cachard' <>, 'Birding Aus' <>
Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements
From: Paul Doyle <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:38:06 +0000
Hi Martin,
I've had Dollarbirds (harassed relentlessly by Noisy Miners) hanging around
my place in Como (Southern Sydney) since about  last Thursday or Friday.
So presumably they would have passed by your place quite some time ago.
Which made me think, anyone know how quickly migrators e.g. Dollarbird move?
How far would they go in a day?


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martin cachard
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Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

for the past 7 days I have witnessed southward bound Spangled Drongos
between Cairns and the Daintree River on migration. they are following the

what is remarkable is the sheer numbers of birds involved. most are seen
between 6am-9:30am, and every time I look skyward at theses times on the
coast I see them. on one occasion I counted 500 birds pass directly overhead
in a 20 minute period. I would imagine there would have been tens of
thousands making this trip.

has anyone else up this way witnessed this?

my first Dollarbirds for the coast this season were seen last evening, and
my first Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfishers were heard this morning.

also of note, was a single Cicadabird of the southern race 'tenuirostris'
heard this morning at Wonga Beach, obviously on-passage southbound. this
race has a very different call to our local Cicadabird, and it occurs on
passage on our humid coastline here only at this time of year, and in
April/May when heading northbound.


martin cachard,

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