Out of area - YFHEs at Bega

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Subject: Out of area - YFHEs at Bega
From: Stephanie Haygarth <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:02:59 +0000
For the last several weeks we have been observing increasing numbers of YFHEs 
moving through the Bega area.  This has been most pronounced at our bush block 
at nearby Black Range (250m elevation) where now almost constant streams of 
birds (in flocks of say 30 or more) have been moving through the tree canopy. 
Movement is in a generally northern direction.

This migration has been concurrent with the movements reported by Canberra COG 
observers on the chatline.  We saw our first YFHEs here at about the same time 
as reports began on the chatline.  There seemed to be little delay between the 
Canberra observations and ours; one would presume a delay would take place if 
the birds were migrating from the ACT mountains to this coastal area. So, where 
are our Bega birds coming from - perhaps the Snowies?

Meanwhile, Goshawk and Peregrine activity has increased and it seems reasonable 
to assume that these raptors are taking advantage of the honeyeater migration.

Matt and Steph
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