Over 7000 honeyeaters per hour

Subject: Over 7000 honeyeaters per hour
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 10:48:24 +1000
The autumn honeyeater migration continues in good numbers here in Katoomba, and this morning is nothing short of phenomenal! I did a count from 0945 to 1000 and in those 15 minutes, 1815 honeyeaters flew over my street, amounting to a rate of 7260 birds per hour (bph). Only once before have I counted a migration rate greater than this (7500 bph over my house on 1st May 2002).

These were nearly all Yellow-faced and White-naped but interestingly, a few Eastern Spinebills appeared to be flying with them. They'd been flying over at a similar rate since about 8.00am and have only just started slowing down a little, around 10.30am. Altogether I would estimate around 20,000 honeyeaters to have flown over my street this morning.

Katoomba is in the upper Blue Mountains, 100km west of Sydney.




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