Scarlet Honeyeaters in Melbourne

To: "Reg Oakley" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Scarlet Honeyeaters in Melbourne
From: "Creber Steve" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 08:54:10 +1100
Reg, there have been many well-documented sightings of the species in
several locations at Park Orchards in the past few weeks. (Wonga Park is
an adjoining suburb to Park Orchards.)

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Reg Oakley
Sent: Friday, 18 December 2009 7:05 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Scarlet Honeyeaters in Melbourne

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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