Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

To: martin cachard <>
Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements
From: Dominic Funnell via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:27:18 +0000
Hi Martin
Have seen big movements of Drongo and Rainbow Bee-eaters at Newell this
spring and last spring. From memory peaks of 150 Drongo in a ten minute
period and higher numbers of bee-eaters. Passage can last for couple of
hours but seems the have stopped by midday

On 23 Oct 2017 1:19 pm, "martin cachard" <> wrote:

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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