FW: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in Sydney

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Subject: FW: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in Sydney
From: "Judy Leitch" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:24:26 +1000
Re-sent on behalf of Sandra Gallienne as her new Gmail account appears to be
rejected by birding-aus. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Gallienne 
Sent: Sunday, 8 June 2014 10:56 PM
To: 'Thomas Wilson'
Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in Sydney

Hi Tom,

In SEQ this year the numbers of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters increased
dramatically from mid-late April and into May so, no, we're definitely not
missing the usual influx.  I don't know about areas further north however.
YFHE are usually around in good numbers in SEQ from mid-autumn to late
winter as they like the flowering Eucalyptus tereticornis.   Interesting
that you still have so many in the Sydney area too.

I keep a property list and in 2011 we had a very wet year and the Eucalyptus
tereticornis failed to flower - that year I only recorded 1 or
2 of these birds around for the whole autumn/winter season but when I
visited the Milmerran Region (west of the Great Divide and about 300km from
Brisbane) there were huge numbers out there in the flowering eucalypts (not
sure of the species, sorry).  Maybe they follow the flowering trees more
than a regular route?

Sandra Gallienne
-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Thomas Wilson
Sent: Sunday, 8 June 2014 9:23 PM
Subject: Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in Sydney

Hi all
a question for Sydney birders (and others).  Having spent some time this
morning at Warriewood Wetland and also periods in recent weekends at
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and on the Chiltern Track in Ku-ring-gai NP
(all in the north of Sydney) and seeing hordes of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters
at all 3 sites, my impression is that there are lots more Yellow-faced
Honeyeaters than normal for winter in this area.  Do others have a similar
observation or view?
If so, what's causing it - dry conditions inland?  Good breeding down south
last summer and thus more birds to go round? Me just being more observant
than normal?
Are other areas missing their normal winter visitors?
Tom Wilson
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