ACT Honeyeater influx

Subject: ACT Honeyeater influx
From: Peter Milburn <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 16:01:35 +1000
Over the last several weeks there has been an unprecedented influx of Honeyeaters into the ACT. Single Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters (a scarce species locally) have been showing up since early May but numbers have been increasing. Two flocks of >10 have been found and remained in the area and small numbers are scattered throughout the ACT at present.

Black-chinned Honeyeaters (previously not recorded in the ACT) have also turned up at 3 locations but temporally separated. This species is still present at one site. Two Little Wattlebirds (rare in the ACT) were reported last Sunday and today a White-fronted Honeyeater (also previously not recorded in the ACT) was found at a local wetland reserve! The latter is easily the biggest surprise but the bird has been seen by more than 5 observers so disbelief must be suspended

Are there similar experiences elsewhere in the south-east?

Dr P.J. Milburn
Technical Specialist
ANU ACRF Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University
GPO Box 334
Canberra ACT 0200
'Phone +61 2 6125 4326
FAX      +61 2 6125 9533

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