Scarlet Honeyeaters in Melbourne

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Subject: Scarlet Honeyeaters in Melbourne
From: "Reg Oakley" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 19:05:28 +1100
This afternoon I was at my son's property in Wonga Park, an eastern suburb of 
Melbourne. I went to put out some rubbish and three metres from the bin there 
was a large callistemon in flower. Seeing some movement in the bush, I stopped 
to take a look. I was astonished to see the bush alive with scarlet honeyeaters.

 Later I went out several times to look and they were still about. The only 
other honeyeaters I saw in the bush were a couple of New Holland honeyeaters 
and a couple of yellow-faced.

Writing in 1967 Roy Wheeler reported an irruption of scarlet honeyeaters in 
Bayswater, Melbourne in 1902. There have probably been some since then, but 
they are here now.

Reg Oakley

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