Irruption of Honeyeaters - Barham District

Subject: Irruption of Honeyeaters - Barham District
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 10:37:42 +1000
There seems to be an influx of honeyeaters into NSW at the moment. Whilst banding (yes, boo hiss from some of you out there) at the Weddin Mountains (near Grenfell on the South West Slopes of NSW)over the June long weekend, a number of species that would be considered unusual were trapped/seen. These were:

Singing Honeyeater - the first confirmed record by the bander since he started at the site in 1986.

White-fronted Honeyeater - seemed to be common, with about 10 banded. They had been seen in 1986, and we banded the first 1 in March, but didn't actually see any on that trip.

Yellow-throated Miner - a flock of at least 15 was about, with 8 banded. Only 1 had been previously banded at the site.

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater - 2 banded. Only about 3 others had been caught at the site.

Honeyeater numbers were high generally with other species being caught:
White-plumed (in huge numbers)
Blue-faced (the first one ever banded at the site, but normally common)
& Noisy Miner
An Eastern Spinebill was also heard, and along with White-naped and Regent, these were the only Honeyeaters that have previously been banded at the site that we didn't get over the weekend.

This seems to contrast with the Charcoal Tank NR (about 100km directly west - south of West Wyalong) where White-plumed HE numbers seem to be very low compared to usual, though Yellow-plumed seemed to be in higher numbers during Autumn (normally highest numbers in Summer).

From: "John Nankervis" <>
To: <>
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Irruption of Honeyeaters - Barham District
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 09:39:05 +1000

Last Friday I went out with an old birding friend, Peter Disher to his nephew's farmlet on the outskirts of Barham N.S.W to look at honeyeaters feeding in a flowering eucalypt. (The lateness of this report is due to my computer having been at the doctor's.)

In this one tree we saw the following:

White Plumed Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater

Nothing exciting about the first two! As previously mentioned by Chris Colborn, Spiny Cheeked Honeyeaters have been quite common this year in Northern Victoria/South Western New South Wales. The closest I have previously seen Singing Honeyeaters is at Lake Tutchewop near Swan Hill. As for the Striped Honeyeater they are more of a Mallee bird and it is unusual to see them this far east.

John Nankervis

Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU