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What to record in August

With the end of winter approaching and as the weather starts to warm up, there are many ClimateWatch species to keep an eye out for.

For the bird species, many cuckoos start arriving to breed, including the widely spread Pallid Cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus), the Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) in northern and eastern regions, the Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) in the east, and the Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) in the south-east and south-west of the country.

Also keep an eye out for the Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) and Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) starting to breed in southern Australia, the Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) which will appear in coastal regions, and the Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) and Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) which also start to breed in the Wet Tropics region.

There are many other birds starting to breed at this time, so for other suggestions use this search on the website.

There are also many frog species beginning to breed in August. Listen out for the Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes peronii) in eastern Australia, and the Southern Bullfrog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) and Southern Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingi) in the south-east.

Thorughout the northern coastline of Australia, from mid-NSW to Shark Bay in WA, look out for the Black Flying-fox (Pteropus alecto) which may have young attached to mother's bellies.

For the plant species, keep a look out for flowering in the Coastal Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum), which is found in coastal heathlands and on dunes in southern Australia from south-east Queensland to south-east South Australia, and also in southern Western Australia.

Also keep an eye out for the end of flowering in the Kapok (Cochlospermum fraseri), which is found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

And lastly, one of the ClimateWatch insects start appearing for the warmer months, the Macleay's Swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus) on the east coast.