Re: Bee-eaters and migration

Subject: Re: Bee-eaters and migration
From: michael norris <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 10:11:39 +1100
Depends what you mean by migration.
Here in SE Melbourne there have been exceptionally high numbers of
Spotted Pardalotes, the records including some from locations where I am
not aware of them having been seen before in the last decade or so. Many
seem to be immatures - certainly few males. Perhaps something to do with
insects rather than migration.
Young Eastern Spinebills have arrived around 8 weeks earlier than the
average date: I think the last February records were after the Ash
Wednesday bush fires. (I saw one today - the day after the Falls Creek
snows and 40mm of rain locally).
Possible drop in numbers of Welcome Swallows in the last couple of
No signs of ENSO/El Nino effects on my patch.

Michael Norris

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