Chris Coleborn <>,
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:31:32 +1000
I was fascinated by your descriptions of flocking Honeyeaters and
Flame Robins and have just read the HANZAB Movements section for each
species you mentioned.
There appears to be no evidence that Eastern Spinebills or New Holland
Honeyeaters migrate across Bass Strait to Victoria. The evidence that
Flame Robins and Crescent Honeyeaters occasionally cross Bass Strait
is slightly better but by no means certain.
So, keep watching and recording what you see.
As an aside - I'm monitoring a Texas birding forum at the moment
because I hope to visit there in March next year. The migration of
Warblers, Flycatchers, Hummingbirds etc from their wintering grounds
in central America is in full frenzy. Key sites along the Texas Gulf
coast are alive with birds each day as waves of migrants rest before
heading further north. Counts of 60-100 species (up to 24 Warblers)
in a few hours are common. It must be an amazing spectacle and I hope
I get to see it next year.
Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
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