Migrating Honeyeaters?

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Subject: Migrating Honeyeaters?
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:53:18 +1000
Thanks Andrew. 

I also suspected Yellow-faced Honeyeaters but neglected to mention this when
I composed my email near midnight! It was just that the direction seemed
wrong, and I could not find a recording that matched the call, although that
is not unusual. There are many birds with "calls for all occasions".



-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Taylor  
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2012 8:41 AM
To: Roger Giller
Cc: 'Birding-Aus'
Subject: Migrating Honeyeaters?

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:53:43PM +1000, Roger Giller wrote:
> They are smallish honeyeater size, (10-15 cm?) and appear in groups of 2
> about 8 moving between the scattered eucalypts of various species around
> here.  The flight is fast, I would estimate similar to Rainbow Lorikeets
> top gear. The flight direction is predominantly South or Southwest. The
> call I have heard is their contact call while in flight. It is a series of
> vey short calls, all the same pitch, which sound a bit like a cross
> the short "wheep" of a Spotted Pardalote and the "zit"-like note of a
> Finch.

Very likely Yellow-faced Honeyeaters - they tend to be moving north of
course but divert to follow the topography & vegetation and probably
for other reasons. 

I see & hear them over Glebe in the inner west of Sydney for example
one flock of 30 yesterday morning and a couple of small groups.
Without topography to concentrate them I assume they over fly most of
Sydney in diffuse small groups.


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