Here on Mid-North Coast, we have good flowering already in Swamp
Mahogany and banksias, particularly on the coast. I visited the
southern-most section of Crowdy Bay National Park last week, and it was
full of honeyeaters enjoying the nectar (unfortuately no sign or sound
of Regent Honeyeaters). Maybe this together with the warm daytime
temperatures is keeping the usually migratory honeyeaters south longer
> 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 travellers.
> 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.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf Of
>> Paul Doyle
>> Sent: Sunday, 22 May 2016 1:36 PM
>> 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?
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