Honeyeater Migration

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Subject: Honeyeater Migration
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:12:03 +1000
I spoke too soon.  Flocks were still going over here at 4pm - which is very late in the day for this site .  The latest, and largest, flock  was approximately 50 birds.


On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM, martin butterfield <> wrote:
Judging by what has gone on at our place today the colder night has persuaded the birds it is time to be elsewhere,  While further up the block about 11:30 a flock of 38 flew over headng SE while about 1345 a flock of 24 flew over my GBS site.  They were in a rather loose formation but I think the last ones entered the site before the leaders left it.   Both these groups are relatively large for my site.

A friend who lives at Urila (a good bit closer to Burra Rd than Muriels block0 reported that he didn't see any migrating honeyeaters through there last week despite worrking on the block every day.


On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM, Lindsay Hansch <> wrote:

We arrived back from Tasmania on Sunday evening.  Yesterday not a honeyeater was seen over Jerrabomberra, likely due to the wind.  Today was a different story.  We played badminton this morning returning home at about 11:30 to see our first migrating honeyeaters.  There has been a constant stream since.  In a half hour around 1:00 about 3000 passed over our house.  They slackened off after that but there are still flocks of up to 80 birds passing every couple of minutes.  Flock sizes seem larger this year (may have been a good breeding year) with 70-80 being the norm today at least (previous years it has been around 40 birds) and the largest flock was 5-600.  They were mostly Yellow-faced with the odd White-naped.


Lindsay Hansch

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