Migrating Honeyeaters

To: Richard Jeremy <>, canberrabirds chatline <>
Subject: Migrating Honeyeaters
From: Sue Lashko <>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 02:22:24 +0000
Apologies, Richard - YFHE is Yellow-faced Honeyeater, WNHE is White-naped Honeyeater.

MFF is mixed feeding flock, a feature of autumn and winter birding where a number of species are found feeding together.  Often you will walk for ages before you hear or see a small bird at this time of year.  I find that the easiest way to find the the MFF is to listen for fantails calling, locate the fantails and then stand and wait and watch.  Many birds do not call much at this time of year so you need to watch for movement, and more and more species will gradually appear.  I was seeing Rufous and Golden Whistlers, Scarlet Robins, Brown and Striated Thornbills, Weebills, White-throated Treecreepers, and Spotted and Striated Pardalotes.


On 6 April 2017 at 12:06, Richard Jeremy <> wrote:
Hi Sue,

I'm a total novice on the birds (and new to this list), so I was wondering if you could let me know what the mff and yf honey-eater abbreviations stand for?  Apollogies for my lack of knowledge on them.

It sounds like a great outing!



From: Sue Lashko <>
To: Lindsay Hansch <>
Cc: COG-L <m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">>
Sent: Thursday, 6 April 2017, 11:45
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Migrating Honeyeaters

Just back from Aranda Bushland where there were lots of YFHE on the move but in no particular direction.  Some were in 2s, 6s etc with the biggest group numbering 15.  Also about 11 White-naped scattered amongst the YF, and 5 wattlebirds moving through.  Some lovely MFF as well on a perfect autumn morning, and a calling owlet-nightjar was a bonus.


On 6 April 2017 at 09:45, Lindsay Hansch <m("","lindsayrhonda");" target="_blank">> wrote:
Is anyone seeing a mass  migration yet?  I certainly am not over the Tralee Flyway (Jerrabomberra, NSW).  Over the past week I have seen a single flock on each of four day ranging in size from 5 to 55 (the latter yesterday).  Red Wattlebirds seem to be on the move as do Pied Currawongs.
Lindsay Hansch

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