YFHE return migration

Subject: YFHE return migration
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 16:13:33 +1100
This morning on Mount Hay Road, just north of its intersection with the
Great Western Highway, Leura (in the Blue Mountains, NSW) there were
thousands of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flying over on their southward
migration, joined by a few Spotted Pardalotes and Black-faced
Cuckoo-shrikes. There were hardly any White-naped Honeyeaters flying with
them at this stage. This spot, at the head of a long gully, is always a
good place to watch the return (spring) migration. The gully channels them
into a narrow front so that they all cross the road at this particular

Later, on a very exposed heathland in a howling gale, we watched a lone
male Mistletoebird get blown at great speed across the sky like a tiny
leaf, out of control. It managed to dive into a tree and with a single
chirp, disappeared into a gully.

Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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