New Holland arrival - why?

To: "'casburnj'" <>
Subject: New Holland arrival - why?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:57:24 +1100
I wonder whether you have been home more than usual. But then again I wouldn't read too much into 3 individuals of common species as a sudden influx. According to The GBS Report, all these three species do occur year round in Canberra gardens, but the usual pattern for all of them is to be at their lowest numbers in mid summer (like now). So likely it is an unusual coincidence.
The weather has been very strange the last month.
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From: casburnj [
Sent: Friday, 31 December 2010 8:56 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] New Holland arrival - why?

This has been an unusual week for honeyeaters arriving through my garden near the top of Duffy – not too far from the Murrumbidgee and near Narrabundah Hill.  I have not seen HE’s for many months since Banksias finished flowering – apart from a White Eared HE that stopped coming after the Calistemons stopped flowering. 


This morning 7.45am approx a New Holland landed briefly on Red Hot Pokers – also yesterday I posted that a Yellow Faced HE had made it’s presence heard and seen and earlier in the week the Eastern Spinebill reappeared.  These will be in the GBS survey.


However I am wondering why this sudden influx?  Does anyone have any suggestions?


With thanks if you can help





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