Honeyeater migration here and there

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Subject: Honeyeater migration here and there
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:35:26 +0000
So far I have seen few if any migrating honeyeaters in the parts of Carwoola I visit most often.  None have come over home whereas we usually get a few.  The lower end of Widgiewa Rd (out of the fireground) has had a few Yellow-faced Honeyeaters visible but they haven't been flying East "with purpose'.  Large numbers were reported from the Plain about 10 days ago.

On the other hand there was a lot of movement at Mallacoota last week.  
  • On Monday (10 April) with clear skies over the Inlet, but cloud building before a front coming from the West, I estimated 3,000 birds overflew the house, travelling steadily in loose flocks of up to 20 birds.  They were going along just below a low ridge, heading North, but more probably following the timber to a point where it was easy to cross a creek rather than overflying the Inlet.  
  • Tuesday  to Thursday were what I term English weather (mild, cloudy and drizzling) with a few birds moving between showers.  
  • Friday was fine but I only noticed a couple of flocks of up to 50 birds.  
  • On Saturday, as I was packing the car we were again back in full-on mode.  A continual stream of birds following the same path as Monday.  Around 9-10am I estimated at least 1,000 birds in the hout.

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