The honeyeater migration begins

Subject: The honeyeater migration begins
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 14:36:44 +1000
Having written yesterday that the honeyeater migration had not yet begun, the first Yellow-faced Honeyeaters started flying north over my place this morning. I was out most of the morning but small groups were going over when I returned around 11.00am.

Regarding the Noisy Friarbird discussion, I generally see flocks of them flying north every autumn with the other honeyeaters. It certainly looks like a regular migration pattern from here. In addition, I reckon there are more Australian species with migratory tendencies than are commonly realised. But as others have said, the Australian conditions mean that the patterns can be very complex. Living as I do along a fairly major migration route I get to see all sorts of things moving along with the migrants at times during autumn. Examples include Fuscous & Crescent Honeyeaters, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Mistletoebirds and as I've often mentioned here, quite large numbers of Spotted and Striated Pardalotes regularly passing through as well as Red Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds.



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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