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Subject: Honeyeaters
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:12:25 +1000
I spent the first 2 weeks of May conducting woodland bird surveys along the
Hume Highway between Woomargama and Tarcutta on the South-west Slopes of
NSW. There were lots of Fuscous Honeyeaters and, for the first time in 8
years of surveys in this region, I observed lots of White-naped Honeyeaters.
The Fuscous Honeyeaters were present all the time, but White-naped
Honeyeaters were definitely moving through the region on woodland slopes and
along creeks and rivers. Migrating flocks of White-naped Honeyeaters were
between approximately 20 & 50 birds in size, but distinct flocks were moving
through the region throughout the entire survey period, heading in westerly
and south-westerly directions.  In contrast, I only saw one Yellow-faced
Honeyeater the entire time I was out there.

Little Friarbirds were also relatively abundant in the survey area, as were
Red Wattlebirds, although the latter species was not as abundant or
widespread as the previous year.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Jill & Sue
Sent: Monday, 9 June 2014 9:47 AM
Subject: Honeyeaters

Responding to Carol Proberts and Tom Wilson - yes we too have seen many more
Yellow-faced HE than in previous years - huge numbers at Warriewood and
Chiltern Track (our regular haunts lately) and also have seen many more
White-naped than other years.  In the latter case though, it may be that
we're just becoming better at identifying them.  Swamp Mahoganies in
particular are in flower (or about to be) in both these locations.   In
early April we were in Capertee for a day and noted several groups (up to 20
or so) of Yellow-faced flying over as if on their usual migration, but have
no idea whether this was more or less than in other years and it was only
one day.  

Jill & Sue

Jill Rossiter & Sue Casson

PO Box 17 HORNSBY NSW 1630
02 9487 2496
Mobiles: 0409 578320(Jill); 0417 578320(Sue)
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