RE: No honeyeater migration yet

Subject: RE: No honeyeater migration yet
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 08:24:15 +1000

While there may be limited migration of the smaller honeyeaters, the friarbirds seem to be on the move.

I was in Albury on 18 March.  There were groups of 10 - 30 Noisy Friarbirds flying from tree to tree in a northerly direction.  

The last couple of days I've been in the Bundarra - Barraba area (north of Tamworth, west of Armidale).  There is Grey Box (E. mollucana) flowering well in the area (following good summer rainfall).  This was invariably full of Noisy Friarbirds and, in places, Little Friarbirds.  Many of these friarbirds were actively moving north.

As well as friarbirds, this Grey Box was also being utilised by large numbers of Musk and Little Lorikeets.  In at least six locations on the Barraba side of the Nandewar Ranges I also located groups of Rainbow Lorikeets - the largest flock being 30 birds just north of Barraba.  While certainly not unheard of, this is a westerly location for this species.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
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Dubbo  NSW  2830
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