Pied Honeyeaters over Broome Brid Observatory

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Subject: Pied Honeyeaters over Broome Brid Observatory
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Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 18:20:12 +0800
Hi Birdlovers
The staff and one lucky guest of the Broome Bird Observatory were engaged in "Migration Watch" on Roebuck Bay tonight at 5:30 when 3 flocks of Pied Honeyeaters flew around 25 metres overhead. The first flock numbered around 50 birds, the second, around 30 and the third 20 individuals. All three flocks travelled eastward making a fantastic sight.
Pied Honeyeaters have recently been reported at Anna Plains Station, on the shores of 80 Mile Beach and indeed myself and one of the Assistant Wardens dropped in there on the weekend and observed several birds there.
We are experiencing a rather dry "wet season" this year and it appears that these species which usually favour more arid climates are moving out in search of a little water and flowering plants. Eucalyptus dampieri in the Broome region are about to explode into flower and it is expected that the "Pieds" will stay around for that event. We're hoping for a few other "oddities" to turn up as well. (You left a week too early Frank)
Meanwhile, on the Bay, the migratory waders continue to colour-up, producing what can only be described as a wonderfully festive sight for all of us to enjoy. Every species is looking decidedly splendid.
Happy Birding 
Ricki Coughlan
Birds Australia
Broome Bird Observatory
PO Box 1313
Broome WA 6725
P: 061 8 9193 5600
F: 061 8 9192 3364
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