Wet Tropics migrant bird movements

To: Peter Ewin <>, Birding Aus <>, Mark Clayton <>
Subject: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:39:14 +0000
Hi Peter,

thanks for that. yes these numbers this year are pretty astounding, maybe it's 
a regular thing here, but I don't think I would've missed it before...


martin cachard

From: Peter Ewin <>
Sent: Monday, 23 October 2017 8:28 PM
To: martin cachard; Birding Aus; Mark Clayton
Subject: Re: Wet Tropics migrant bird movements


Probably not in the same numbers but on one of the trips I have done to Iron 
Range (I reckon 1999, but maybe 2002) we had significant numbers of Drongos 
coming on to shore at Chili Beach when we visited there one day. They were 
definitely coming across the water and coming on to the land, some looking like 
they were struggling. This would have been in mid November as that is the usual 
time I have visited the site, but don't have the exact date.

My vague recollection was that it was certainly in the many tens, but was only 
one day. Mark C do you have any more details on this?



From: Birding-Aus <> on behalf of martin 
cachard <>
Sent: Monday, 23 October 2017 2:10 PM
To: Birding Aus
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 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 


martin cachard,

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