The majority of PIPs left during February and March this year, making for an early end to the PIP breeding season.
A few birds were still around during the first two weeks of April. There were occasional observations from Port Douglas, Cairns and Townsville as well as Low Isles and Green Island.
Last report for this season (thanks Graham!) was a lone PIP seen flying over Banksia Street in Mooroobool on May 6.
PIPS are not normally solitary creatures and survival prospects would be poor for birds left behind after the flocks departed. But – just-maybe – some individuals might be lucky and survive until the flocks return next season… good luck PIP stragglers!