Migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters

To: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>, <>
Subject: Migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 18:31:36 +1000
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Silvereyes have indeed been migrating steadily through Katoomba during the past week or so of rain and heavy fog. Tom asked: "how bad does the weather have to be before the migrants "park up" and wait for better conditions?" Usually I see very little migration on overcast or rainy days but this season has been an exception. I guess in a season with as many rainy days as we're having, there's not a lot of opportunity for them to fly in better conditions. I reckon the next fine day (whenever that might be) we'll see huge numbers going over, as there were last Friday week (11th April).



At 10:16 PM +1000 22/4/08, Tom and Mandy Wilson wrote:
Hi all
Following on from Richard Nowotny's note from Sunday where he observed lots of Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, I spent the weekend in Katoomba (Blue Mts West of Sydney) with friends. (It wasn't a birding trip, but you know how it is - just can't help seeing birds if they're there!). Despite the mostly miserable conditions (Katoomba was encased in cloud/fog and rain of varying intensity for much of our visit), the migration of honeyeaters and silvereyes continued - on Sunday morning plenty of Yellow faced honeyeaters and silvereyes were heard, and a few seen passing over the garden of the house were were staying in. On Monday morning, peering onto the mist at Govetts Leap, when the visibility was about 10 metres, a cloud of honeyeaters shot past - about 30 birds I reckon. I heard others coming through as well. I would have thought the conditions would have caused a "fall" of migrants, but they seemed to be ploughing on northwards. It made me wonder - how bad does the weather have to be before the migrants "park up" and wait for better conditions?
Tom Wilson


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