Migrating honeyeaters

To: Roger Giller <>
Subject: Migrating honeyeaters
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 01:40:54 +0000
Hi Paul and Roger,

This is intriguing. Normally I’d guess it’s some sort of local irregularity but 
I’ve also heard other recent reports of southward movement, not only in Sydney 
but from north coast NSW. As I wrote last month, this autumn we saw a bumper 
northward honeyeater migration through the Blue Mountains, especially during 
April, and this was reinforced by the spectacular movement through the Hunter 
Valley as reported by Mick Roderick and others. I assume this was due to very 
dry conditions further south.

Why many are now heading south again this early beats me. As far as I know the 
banksias are flowering OK up the coast...? Interesting that Roger has noted the 
same thing in previous years (was it this early, Roger?). It all shows just how 
how much we still don’t know about these common yet mysterious little 

I’d be interested to hear where else people are seeing them (especially 
Yellow-faced and White-naped) in significant numbers, either migrating or 



> On 23 May 2016, at 9:31 am, Roger Giller <> wrote:
> I am at Barden Ridge, about 5 km SW of Paul, and have noted the same thing,
> in previous years as well as now. Manly south with some random excursions
> between various trees but of all the directions north would be the minority.
> Roger.
> -----Original Message-----
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> Paul Doyle
> Sent: Sunday, 22 May 2016 1:36 PM
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Migrating honeyeaters
> Hi all,
> For the last few weeks I have been watching flocks of honeyeaters, mainly
> Yellow-faced as far as I can tell, moving past my place at Como, in southern
> Sydney (34degree 59 S, 151 degrees, 04 E).
> Interested to see that every one of them so far, without exception, have
> been moving pretty much due South. I realise that there could be some
> irregularity in the directions travelled as they follow topography, etc.,
> but it still seems strange.
> Any ideas anyone?
> Paul
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