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A few birds from Preston

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:25 pm
by Frances B
The following birds were recorded from Hell Hole, Preston 2/6/2013

Rose Robin
Yellow Robin
Lewins Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Bell Bird
Olive-backed Oriel
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Noisy Minor
Pied Currawong
Pheasant Coucal
Pied Butcherbird
Crested Pigeon
Pale-headed Rosella
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Striated Pardalote
Spotted Pardalote
Mistletoe bird
Golden Whistler
Rufus Whistler
Varied Sittella
Silver Eye
Grey Fantail
Double-barred Finch
White-throated Treecreeper
Striated Thornbill
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Australian Wood Duck
Superb Fairy-Wren

I also heard what sounded like a Black-eared Cuckoo. Is it likely it could have been this cuckoo?[/list]

Black-eared Cuckoo query

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:11 pm
by Mick Atzeni
Hi Frances

Thanks for your list. Here's a belated reply to your Black-eared Cuckoo query. Locally, they're rarely reported. We'd be lucky to average one record every two years. But in saying that, some odd inland species turned up this winter due to the drought, so no reason Black-eared Cuckoos wouldn't drift east too.

How familiar are you with this species and its call? What other species did you consider and why did you rule them out?

If any doubt, put this one down to experience.