Yellow-faced Honeyeaters - whither?

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Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters - whither?
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 15:41:40 +1100

How little we know about this process.  Is an observed movement a swirl or back-eddy, and do the movers just relocate themselves a couple of hundred kms or so, or leap-frog other populations.  There are quite a few overwinterers in Victoria.  Perhaps there is a fair bit of food-motivated nomadism;  they like mistletoe and there is a bit in flower at the moment around here.  It is difficult to translate the collated observations in the atlas into numbers of birds, but the main pattern seems to be that part of the Victorian population moves north-west, the Canberra area being a narrow point in the funnel.  The below is regrettably crude, but based on the atlas maps of main concentrations of the contiguous population for 'Summer' (15 Dec - 15 Feb) (yellow) and ‘Winter’ (15 June – 15 August) (pale blue).




The apparent main winter concentration is shown by an overlay on the pale blue.  The scattered obs in central Q (mainly Spring and Winter) are left out.  Arrows indicate possible directions of movement near Canberra.  Of course the clean lines should be much more blurred.



-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Fraser [
Sent: Saturday, 1 March 2008 11:51 AM
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Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters - why early?


Perhaps what we're seeing is, rather than the start of the true

migration to the north, simply an early movement down out of the ranges,

where things must have been more than a bit nippy for Feb in recent nights?

We should be able to get some idea if that's the case over the next few







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