Movements (or not moving)

Subject: Movements (or not moving)
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:34:00 +1000
A small flock (perhaps 20) of Yellow-faced HE was moving through/over trees on the ridge at Shepherds Lookout this morning (heading ?SE).

(Other birds around included 2 Wt Eagles, female Scarlet Robin, several Double-barred Finches, Red-browed Finches, Bl-faced Cuckoo Shrike, Speckled Warblers, Grey Fantails, and Welcome Swallows besides Magpies, Fairy Wrens etc.
On the road just above the Lookout there were also 2 Black-shouldered Kites (about a km apart), a Kestrel, and a Sacred Ibis at one of the vinyard dams).

Robin Hide. 

On 3/04/2012 10:46 AM, Kevin Windle wrote:

A flock of 20+ Yellow-faced HE passed over ANU about 10.00 a.m. Monday. There were also small groups flying over last Thursday.




From: Con Boekel [m("","con");">]
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Movements (or not moving)


The other day I reported Yellow-faced Honeyeaters moving on a broad front through O'Connor and Turner. By the next day there were none and there have been none since.

On 3/04/2012 9:39 AM, martin butterfield wrote:

>From reading Jack's column in the latest Gang-gang readers may be interested to note that there are still good numbers of White-throated Gerygons tinkling away around here (Carwoola).

Observers on the Hoskinstown plain have commented that Flame Robins have turned up there.  (For some strange reason I have never recorded one on our property which has enough grassland for them to be present.)  Frances and I saw a couple of male Flame Robins in Tallaganda (about 1100m elevation) together with a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, so there are still birds up fairly high.

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater movement - which is usually very weak through my GBS site - is happening but the birds seem to be feeding up rather than rushing off.  I have spent a small amount of time studying a heavily flowering stringybark which the birds are frequenting and it appears that most of their feeding is on insects - both imagos and larvae - which they are capturing ni the blossoms and foliage, rather than the nectar per se.



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