Yellow-faced Honeyeater Migration

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Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeater Migration
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 20:19:14 +1000
Hi Birders,
Carol Proberts from the Blue Mountains queried whether the Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration had petered out early this year because of little apparent movement of late in the Blue Mountains. I can assure her that it is still going strongly in the Hunter Valley west of Newcastle . Yesterday (20 April) John McLennan an I spent the day bird watching in the Bulga/Broke/Milbrodale area and throughout the day Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and lesser numbers of White-naped Honeyeaters were passing over in flocks of up to 60+ birds from west to east, mostly heading in a north-easterly direction. The birds were coming from the Wollemi National park on the western side of the Putty Road and flying over bushland and or farmland towards either Yengo NP on the eastern side of the road or into the Pokolbin SF/Razorback Range area east of Broke. In Wollemi NP the honeyeaters were feeding on the nectar of the flowering Spotted Gum Eucalytus maculata.
At Bulga and in the nearby Wollemi National Park , good views were had of a number of Wedge-tailed Eagles, while a hunting Hobby and a male Brown Goshawk were engaged in a bit of rivalry over the NPWS Depot. In the NP there were Fuscous Honeyaters, Double-banded Finches, Wonga Pigeons, Little Lorikeets and Large-billed Scrub-wrens to see.
Alan Morris
NSWFOC Records Officer.
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