[UNCLASSIFIED] Honeyeaters, Plotters, early birds

Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED] Honeyeaters, Plotters, early birds
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 18:08:27 +1000
 On a Field Nats field trip last year to Tallaganda, in probably March or 
April, we saw many honeyeaters feeding on orangy/brown sap of an applebox. 
Something I noticed at the time was that although white eared honeyeaters were 
only perhaps 1% of honeyeater numbers in the area, they were the most common on 
the sap.

At the Pinnacle, Hawker, on the weekend there were so many birds including a 
mixed flock of perhaps 50 pardalotes, 2/3rds striated and 1/3 spotted. It is 
amazing that such a small bird can make such a loud noise eating lerps- they 
really should feed with their mouths closed. There are black faced cuckoo 
shrikes year round at the pinnacle. I am sure I heard white winged choughs, but 
couldn't locate them. This would be a first record for me at the Pinnacle.

I have seen pied currawongs chasing/intimidating grey currawongs about 5 times, 
but not the other way around.

Perhaps Black fronted '???' should be called Black Fronted Plotters.

Benj Whitworth

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