To: Stephen Ambrose <>
Subject: Honeyeaters
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:40:08 +1000
This is interesting, Stephen, because I’m on your side of the fence on this one.

I’ve been regularly and often surveying my local patch and have noted a late 
start to the Y-fHE migration and very low numbers. My local patch is 
essentially bounded by Sydney Harbour in the south, Lane Cove River in the 
west, Middle Harbour in the east and Lindfield in the north.


On 9 Jun 2014, at 10:12 am, Stephen Ambrose <> wrote:

> 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
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> Jill & Sue
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] 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
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