Yellow faced honey eaters

To: Elizabeth Compston <>
Subject: Yellow faced honey eaters
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:10:46 +0000
I was struck by Elizabeth's comment "Remember there have been fires this last year in  Victoria.".  The fires (other than some HRBs) were a fair distance West of Mallacoota but didn't seem to drive the migrants past here. As there was little movement - that I noticed - of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters before the past two days I wonder if the fires might have blocked them?

The movement yesterday and today is as heavy as I have seen down here.  Perhaps this indicates that whiles the fires were large and tragic for those in the pah, there was sill a lot of un-burnt area for the birds to relocate to, until the weather drives them out?

On Wed, 24 Apr 2019 at 21:30, Elizabeth Compston <> wrote:

Some of you will remember that Bill and I, about 10 years ago were going to a place near the Big Hole, south of Braidwood off the old Cooma Road, to see flocks of he’s flying through, 100s 1000s.  Due to growing old, and medical conditions, we had not been able to go for a few years.  Well our grand daughter took us on Saturday and I was thrilled to see, again, 100s, 1000s of he’s and red wattle birds streaming in from the west on Hart’s Road, past Warragandra homestead and on up the hill.  It was wonderful. Date April 20th.  So where do they come from? And where do they go?

There must be people who follow the migration, lots of different routes.  I want to know of any routes, flying out of Canberra as well as flying into Canberra.  Remember there have been fires this last year in  Victoria.

Lindsay Hanch is continuing to see many birds, flying past his place, at Jerrabomberra,from Fyshwick and on to Where?  

Elizabeth  Compston
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