Hi Jack, Elizabeth Compston, Lindsay, Martin
and other Honeyeater migration note-takers.
Jack has hit a good question.
As far as Robertson's HE migration
route is concerned (200 Km NE from Canberra), they Honeyeater migration has been
in steady flow over the last 3 weeks. However, during the last week, (the
weather cooled on Wednesday), the numbers have dwindled.
At best I saw no more than 30 birds in any
one group (I hesitate to call them a "flock" as they are strung out over more
than 30 seconds flying time, often).
This last week, the group size has shrunk
noticeably. Average 10 birds only.
Also, the intervals between groups has
spread out greatly. There was a time when they passed every 10 minutes or so. It
spread out to a group per hour.
Today I saw one single YFHE sitting on a
power line, looking lost.
I have heard only one single White-naped HE.
That is unusual (even at the end of the YFHE migration season).
I have seen just a few Red Wattlebirds on
migration (grouped, and flying silently) over the last week.
Today I saw my first flock (for the year) of
same - 30 birds, heading NE (typical of all the Honeyeater migrants in this
It is always difficult to pronounce the
"end" of the season, but it certainly looks like it here (or at least the
transition from YFHEs to Red Wattlebirds - which are always
"later" than the