Honeyeater migration

Subject: Honeyeater migration
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 09:34:40 +1000
Hi Birders,

It's a bit like Grand Central Station here at Katoomba this morning. Migrating flocks of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds, pardalotes (both spp), Silvereyes and a few White-naped and Scarlet Honeyeaters are on the move. The migration started around the 21st March which was about a week earlier than last year and has been going strongly on all fine-weather days since then.

This morning I counted for 15 minutes (0840-0855) which resulted in the following numbers:

Yellow-faced Honeyeater: 500
White-naped Honeyeater: 3
Noisy Friarbird: 24
Silvereye: 2 flocks heard travelling high, est. about 30
Pardalotes: 12
Scarlet Honeyeater: 3
Eastern Spinebill: 1
Red Wattlebird: a small flock came through just after the counting period ended.

All up, an hourly rate of about 2300 bph (birds per hour).

Most birds were flying north but quite a few of the Yellow-faced seem to be travelling west this morning. With the good rain recently in some places west of the mountains (like the Capertee Valley), could it be shaping up to be an "inland year"? The Box Mistletoe is certainly flowering well in the valley at the moment.

For anyone interested, last year I put together a summary of the honeyeater migration phenomenon which you can find on my website at:


Carol Probets
Blue Mountains, NSW
(100km west of Sydney)


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