To: Philip Veerman <>, 'Birds Canberra' <>
Subject: yfhes
From: djflotek flotek <>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:10:01 +0000
Hi Phil,

Only one species calling as they are flying over. IE: Single sound. Not mixed in all of the cases I've seen.
*They* being the 'assumed to be' Yellow Faced Honey Eaters (YFHE) as the previous email so acronyminously incarnated the subject in question for all of the mailing lists wealth.
I haven't seen any mixed groupings. All positively the same bird making the same sound. So then from the sounds of things, they are and were all YFHES.

To: ;
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:53:42 +1000
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] yfhes

You wrote: Anyway, whilst they are flying, they all make the same sound.  But if both species are present AND CALLING, you should hear two very different sounds. So if that is your observation, they are probably all Yellow-faced so far.
For what it is worth, many over my house every morning for last few weeks. But as I have had no transport this year, I don't get out much to see other places.
-----Original Message-----
From: djflotek flotek [
Sent: Monday, 21 April 2014 5:33 PM
To: Elizabeth Compston; Birds Canberra
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] yfhes

Over the last month or so, I've observed hundreds upon hundreds of honey eaters flying over from the Brindabella's (west) to the east in the Kambah area.
I must admit, I've never known 100% whether they were White Naped, Yellow Faced or what -- shows how much I know. You can never get a good look at them when they are flying 10 to 20 metres above you. Anyway, whilst they are flying, they all make the same sound, and it sounds like what starts at 30 seconds in to the audio of the Yellow Faced Honey Eater call at the COG URL here:
I'm assuming yes, but have never bothered to find out. None the less, there's been literally thousands of them flying over for a good while now....

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