Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

To: Dominic Funnell <>
Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:32:23 +0000
Hi Dom,

thanx for your feedback. yes I've noticed similar, but this Drongo thing this 
year has lasted almost a week now, which is longer and involves a great deal 
more individuals than I can ever recall...

have you heard any southern Cicadabirds coming through there?


martin cachard

From: Dominic Funnell <>
Sent: Monday, 23 October 2017 8:27 PM
To: martin cachard
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

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 coastline.

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 


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