Re: birding-aus Migration of noisy friarbirds

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Migration of noisy friarbirds
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 11:17:48 +1000
     The movement of the 'large' honeyeaters still presents some unknown 
     aspects, Graham Fry recently recorded large numbers of honeyeaters on 
     the South Wester Slopes on birdin-aus, he suggested that the good 
     flowering had attracted the honeyeaters to an abundant food source. 
     Similar large numbers have been recorded at Warraderry State Forest as 
     a result of flowering of Mugger Ironbark. It is probably as cold on 
     the slopes as at Canberra. The availability of a good food source is 
     probably the main factor.
     Alan Leishman,
     Royal botanic Garden, Sydney

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Subject: birding-aus Migration of noisy friarbirds 
Author:  "Johnson  Fiona" <> at mailgate
Date:    19/7/99 9:59

Dear Birding-Aussers
Could someone please help with my birding education.  A simple question - 
I'm often amazed at how little I actually know!
Last weekend I did my quarterly survey (for the Atlas project) of a rural 
property between Boorowa and Cowra in the South West Slopes and Plains of 
Noisy friarbirds are usually what I would call abundant on this property, 
but last weekend they appeared to be super-abundant.  There were some 
ironbark in flower but by no means all, and there appeared to be little else 
My question is:  Do birds that leave a colder place in winter, like 
Canberra, travel just far enough north to reach a place that is bearable and 
thus saturate a place at the limit of the really cold, or is it more likely 
that the flowering ironbark had attracted them 'from near and far'?  The 
second bit of this is:  do all noisy friarbirds move in winter or only those 
in unfriendly climates?
Thanks for your help.  Oh.  Saw a pair of Hooded Robins too.  That's the 
first time I've seen them on this property so I was pretty thrilled.
Fiona Johnson
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