Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration

Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 12:09:54 +1100
Hi all,

The autumn parade of migrating honeyeaters is once again underway here in
the Blue Mountains. My house overlooks a natural ampitheatre where the
honeyeaters fly up from the Jamison Valley and follow the gully up until
they cross my street where a stand of tall eucalypts borders the road. This
morning I counted 460 flying over in a random ten-minute period
(11.30-11.40), which works out at 2760 per hour. This is, I think, the
highest count I have had in the last 2-3 years, although in the past I have
counted up to 4000 an hour on a good day. It has to be seen to be believed!

This morning they are nearly all Yellow-faced, with just  the occasional
White-naped amongst them, and a few Spotted Pardalotes going over as well.
Later in the season the proportion of White-naped increases, until they
make up the majority usually by mid-May.



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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