Owls - really WPHEs in the Melbourne area

To: "Steve Creber" <>, "Susie Anderson" <>, <>, "James O'Connor" <>
Subject: Owls - really WPHEs in the Melbourne area
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 15:52:29 +1000
Hi Steve and all

Banding studies at Braeside Park, SE Melbourne, have a low rate of recaptures, suggesting that many of the White-plumed Honeyeaters seen there are at least nomadic, if not migratory.

In the City of Bayside there is a notable peak in August (approx. 400 records out of 3000) with that month having 20% of foreshore records.

Nesting in the foreshore is rare and, with 77% of records in the 6 months from March to August, it is a good indicator of movement.

May used to be the month when I looked forward to less common HEs (arriving in the foreshore (this included Yellow-tufted and Fuscous) but over the last 10 years of drought, climate damage... there has been a major decline with even WPHEs becoming scarce. Singing Honeyeaters becoming more established is a minor compensation.

I would be very interested to know how much this local data is reflected in wider studies.

Michael Norris

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