Migrating Birds

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Subject: Migrating Birds
From: "Chris Coleborn" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:50:04 +1000
Hello All,

I was interested in Rirchard Nowotny's posting about migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and other species at Point Addis in southern Victoria.

I was wondering, Richard, if you noted any Tas ssp of Silvereye among the migrating Silvereye? Did you note any Flame Robin, Striated Pardalote or Eastern Spinebill?

Over the last month I have been on the coast of the North and North-East of Tasmania, and have been fascinated by the large flocks of birds preparing to migrate across the Bass Strait. There have been flocks of hundreds of Welcome Swallow seen one week and gone by the next week. Flocks of mixed Honeyeaters, mainly Eastern Spinebill in this instance, (one flock of Eastern Spinebill numbered around the 100), New Holland and Crescent Honeyeaters. Some flocks of honeyeaters and Silvereye etc would gather and take off in a rush and fly out over the ocean, and then back into the coastal banksia and heathland, before another foray. Seemed like they were working up the courage to make a final go for it! In the adjoining woodlands there were large numbers of Striated Pardalote too - presumeably preparing to migrate too.

One flock of birds that fascinated me was at least 60 Flame Robin. To see so many amazed me, and five brillant males beside one another on a top fence wire was a most striking sight. I understand that some Flame Robin migrate to the mainland. Does anyone know data on percentage of resident birds that migrate, why some do and some don't and where they disperse on the mainland?


Chris Coleborn

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