two honeyeater questions

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Subject: two honeyeater questions
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 07:05:45 +0000
Hi Folks: two queries

  1. Today at my place near Central Tilba, NSW far south coast, I saw for the first time white-eared honeyeaters (at least two). The distribution maps do not exclude them, but I thought they were more inland, dry country birds. Possible that fires and drought have pushed them east, and they are still here? Others more expert (almost everyone) will probably know whether this sighting is genuinely unusual
  2. For the last couple of months, I am getting dozens, if not more, of white napped honeyeaters coming into drink at my various watering stations. I have always had a few, but lately they have been the most common bird on the property, by quite a way. Has anyone else noted a spike in their numbers?
Hope you are all doing OK in these weird times


Kim Sterelny, School of Philosophy, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, Acton, 0200, ACT, Australia


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