Honeyeater attractants

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Subject: Honeyeater attractants
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 13:22:52 +1000

I have been following with great interest the various threads on Regent Honeyeaters. I think the sighting of a Regent Honeyeater at Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic a few weeks ago has raised maybe a few more issues.

1.  Habitat
This bird was observed over a period of 3 days [unfortunately not by me as I didn't find out about it until 2 days after it left!!] in an area that doesn't have any indigenous eucalypts. The local paper reported that it was seen feeding in a wattle. The main vegetation at Blairgowrie is coastal tea-tree [Leptospermum laevigatum], Moonah [Melaleuca lanceolata] and coast beard-heath [Leucopogon parviflorus]. The moonahs were flowering at the time.

2.  Why and for how long was it there.
Was it simply off course or was it attracted to the Moonahs.
It may have been around for a lot longer that the 3 days that it was observed and may still be around.
Was it going to Tasmania???

Val Ford
Sorrento - 2 streets away from Blairgowrie!!

David wrote:

 A favour if I could.  I'm trying to establish what nectar producing trees
are currently flowering or are likely to flower over the coming winter.

 If you live within the range of the Regent Honeyeater (ie central Victoria
to, let's say, Brisbane) I would really appreciate you sticking your head
out the window and assessing the flowering, or flowering potential, of trees
in your area.

I'm aware that there is going to be, or perhaps already is,
superb flowering of Spotted Gum on the NSW South Coast, that Grey Box is
flowering well in northern NSW - southern Qld, Swamp Mahogany is budded up
on the NSW Central Coast and it looks like a good flowering of White Box
near Mudgee in a month or so.

 Greg Clancy mentioned flowering west of Grafton with lots of friarbirds.
What euc was that?

 Happy to produce a summary as a guide of where the nectarivore action will
be once I get the results.


 David Geering
 Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
 Department of Environment & Conservation
 P.O. Box 2111
 Dubbo  NSW  2830
 Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
 Fax: 02 6884 9382

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