Mistletoebird - migrant vs overwintering [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Mistletoebird - migrant vs overwintering [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 13:23:38 +1000
My experience in the COG AOI generally matches that of Marnix.

The mistletoebird is not commonly reported in the GBS. The Annual Bird Report (ABR) for the year eded 30 June 07 shows an A value of 0.0204 which ranks it at #84 and even the higher abundance quoted in that ABR would only promote it to about #65.  However to add to the debate here are some comments.

The observations in the database show the earliest records for a GBS year (ie starting on July 1) occurring in July on 5 occasions, August on 6; September on 10 and later than September on 5. 

There are 12 observations for June - interestingly:
  • all are North of the Lake except one record in year 7 from a site in Kambah which is currently active; and  
  • 6 of the June records occur in the last 5 years (but this may be explained by the commencement of the sites in question rather than a change in behaviour of the birds).


On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM, <> wrote:
There was a vocal male Mistletoebird at Newline in late July as well.

I have recorded male Mistletoebirds on various occasions in the past in
July and August at various sites around Canberra. But I couldn't tell you
if they were early returns or over-winterers.

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                                         [canberrabirds] Mistletoebird -
                                         migrant vs overwintering

Just to add to the general discussion on migration vs overwintering, and
having just read a comment in Gang-Gang about no returned Mistletoebirds

I saw a male Mistletoebird at the picnic area at Molonglo Gorge on 2
August. On a return visit a couple of weeks later I heard one calling as it
flew overhead. Early return or overwinterer?

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