Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration

Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 07:54:39 +1100
Hi all,

It's good to hear about the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and other migrants
being seen in inner city suburbs. Andy Burton also mentioned the honeyeater
migration through the Blue Mountains at this time of year.

Here at Katoomba the honeyeater migration is taking place in relatively
modest numbers so far this season. Our first few travelling Yellow-faced
were noted around 19th March with more constant movement happening from
27th March. There have been a few White-naped amongst them from the very
first flocks.

Normally by this time of year there have been a few days of really high
numbers. In the past I have reguarly counted up to 4000 honeyeaters per
hour going north over my house. I'm still waiting to see anything like that
this season. Nevertheless I am seeing a moderate stream of birds going over
on most days. On 17th April I counted 223 honeyeaters in a 10 minute
period. There were even a few flying over last Saturday while it was
raining steadily - usually they seem to avoid migrating in the rain or when

The migration continues here until about mid May. Stay tuned...



Carol Probets
>From a cold Katoomba
Blue Mountains, NSW

On 24/4/01, Andy Burton wrote:
>Now is the time of year that Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are on
>migration and small groups, numbering up to about 50, can be seen
>from time to time in Sydney,  although the city is east of the
>migration route for the bulk of this species; most travel through the
>Blue Mountains, I believe. This migration typically occurs for about
>a month or six weeks at this time of year.
>I have had a couple of groups (maximum 10) in the past week in
>Cammeray, just a few minutes drive north of the Harbour Bridge, and
>your sighting.
>regards, Andy Burton

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