Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in Gordon [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "Perkins, Harvey" <>
Subject: Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in Gordon [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 18:29:06 +1000
The ballgame having finished with a win to the Yankees, a quick look at the GBS observations of Yellow-tufted Honeyeater shows that of the 95 observations only 31 reported White-plumed Honeyeaters in the same recording site-week. 


On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM, martin butterfield <> wrote:
 I reckon Bruce's comment "a pretty unusual recording occurrence" is spot on.

To the end of last GBS year there are 36 records (species x site x year) of Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (YTHE) in the GBS ranking it as 116th out of 233 "species".  There are 95 observations (species x site x year x week) of the species giving it a rank of 127 of 233.  The species has been recorded in 17/27 years spread fairly evenly through the period. So, to state the obvious, it is not a common species. 

Of the 36 records, 22 contain a single record (ie only seen one week in a year at a site).  Of the 12 multi-observation records only 2 are scattered.  7 records - including ones with 7-9 observations - consist of records consisting of a single string of consecutive observations and the other 3 have a string of several consecutive weeks with one or two separate but not distant observations.  So in about a quarter of cases where the species fronts up it will hang around for more than a week.

I have yet to check the coincidence of YTHE and White plumed Honeyeater (as the Yankees-Blue Jays game is getting interesting) but I will see what can be gleaned about that later today.

I have put quotes around "species" above as we now have a GBS code for Rosella hybrid so could Harvey record it as such on his chart.


On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Perkins, Harvey <> wrote:
Hi Bruce,
I'm at work so don't have access to my records, but that sounds very much like my experience last year of a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater that hung around for about three weeks (though without the White-plumes). It was the first time I had recorded YTHE at my Kambah GBS site in 14 years. Haven't seen one (yet?) this year, but there are a couple, possibly three, White-plumes hanging around for the past three weeks.
And this morning I had a fully-intermediate Crimson/Eastern Rosella hybrid in the garden.

Harvey Perkins
CRC Strategy and Communication Section

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research


From: Esme Barker and Bruce Ramsay [
Sent: Friday, 15 May 2009 10:37 AM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Yellow-tufted Honeyeater in Gordon

After an absence since Thursday of last week, a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater is back in my GBS site this morning. It was together with 9 White-plumed Honeyeaters, as was the bird which was here last Thursday.
That's 3 consecutive GBS weeks that the species has been here - which from looking through my ABR's, seems to be a pretty unusual recording occurrence.


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