FW: Spring Migrants

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Subject: FW: Spring Migrants
From: "Vella, Edwin" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 97 18:09:00 PDT


 I believe Scarlet Honeyeaters are more so nomadic rather than migratory   
as like lorikeets and may honeyeaters, they generally follow the   
availability of flowering trees and shrubs.In my past 9 years of series   
birdwatching, I have seen them in most years in Sydney during winter   
(however though usually in smaller numbers than in Spring-Summer).

I have seen the birds regularly wintering in Sydney areas such as the   
Royal National Park and Doonside in Western Sydney as there is often   
Eucalyptus in flower during winter at these locations.

In the Spring-summer season, they can in some years be often abundant   
(eg) last year that time,  just about every birding location  I visited   
in Sydney, I could see or hear them. In 1993 there was a great influx in   
Sydney and they could be seen in many of Sydney's suburbs.

Often some other species which are more commonly seen in summer,   
regularly winter here such as Golden and Horsfield's Broze cuckoo's,   
Rufous Whistler, Restless Flycatcher's (several this winter in western   
Sydney) and Dusky Woodswallows.

Regarding the Dollarbird, I think that is quite an early record   
especially if such species has migrated from PNG.

Has anyone seen any Martins yet?

Latham's Snipe should be here within a couple of weeks aswell as other   
migratory waders.Looking forward to Spring!!!!
Happy birding

Edwin Vella
From:  birding-aus-owner[SMTP:
Sent:  Tuesday, 29 July 1997 15:13
To:  'Birding-aus'
Subject:  Spring Migrants

Hi all,

On the weekend we had a Scarlet Honeyeater at our place (Cooranbong NSW,
33 05 S 151 25 E). We do not usually see them here until about Christmas
so this is unusual. Following this, I have just observed a Dollarbird
fly past my office window (western suburbs of Newcastle). This again is
very early in the year for this bird to be about. Anyone else seeing
early migrants around?
Paul Osborn

Paul Osborn
Research Scientist
BHP Research - Newcastle Labs
PO Box 188 Wallsend, NSW, 2287
(049) 510605
8843 2605

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