Where are the Fuscous Honeyeaters?

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Subject: Where are the Fuscous Honeyeaters?
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 12:30:15 +1000
Hi Birders,
Chris Tzaros in discussing the general absence of Swift Parrots from the Victorian box-ironbark woodlands, poses the questions as to where are the other box-ironbark woodland honeyeaters and lorikeets? The answer is, on the NSW Central Coast too!. In all the excitement of having Swift Parrots in large numbers and some Regent Honeyeaters here, I have omitted to say that of the 45 or so sites which were surveyed for Swift Parrots etc on the National Count weekend, atleast 60% of sites have Fuscous Honeyeaters and they are here in large numbers, the most that I have seen since moving here in 1988. On average, Fuscous Honeyeaters are only reported from Gosford/Wyong LGA (ie the Central Coast) every second year, and then only in very small numbers, usually associated with the Swamp Mahogany flowering. So far Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters have only been reported from Wyee Point, on the western side of Lake Macquarie, but the number of Little Lorikeets is also the most reported since 1988. In fact we have had extra-ordinary numbers of Little Lorikeets since January-February, and they were reported from the majority of survey sites too!
Alan Morris
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