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
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
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" <>
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
Spiny Cheeked 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.
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