A relatively dry week with only 16.5mm from a couple of showers and we managed to mow the rather long grass in the orchard area without getting bogged! Species numbers recorded for the week were 63 birds seen plus another 9 heard as well as 8 reptile/mammal species, almost the same numbers as last week.
Highlights for the week were few and far between as most of the week was spent putting a PowerPoint presentation together for a shorebird workshop. The adult Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher numbers seem to have dropped so maybe some have left already but the juveniles are still obvious as the sit around and pounce on the ground for food. There are still a few juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo around with good looks at one in the adjacent
Further afield the most exciting report was of a Banded Plover turning up at the Mossman Golf Course on the coast.
Andrew Forsyth from Red Mill House in the Daintreee Villiage alerted us to the plover which according to the people at the golf course had been present for about two weeks. Keith went down the next day and took some photos. This species is uncommon in our area and is usually seen south of the tropics although there have been a few records in our area from Gordonvale, Atherton and last year one turned up on Cape York Peninsula at Bramwell Station near Weipa. There are also some breeding records from near Mareeba in the 70’s and 80’s.
The Saturday was taken up with the shorebird workshop in
Plenty of shorebirds (waders) on view at close quarters to identification and separate out the species. Plenty of birds colouring up into their breeding plumage ready for the long journey north to