I have surveyed on the tablelands behind Wollongong and White-eared Honeyeater is a common bird.
In my experience they are very adaptable and are a species that can survive in vegetation that has very low productivity. For example in post fire surveys in the Illawarra catchments they were often the only species recorded on sites 6 months post fire.
I wouldn't be surprised if you birds have been displaced by fire and I wouldn't be surprised if you get the odd interesting species over the next year while things adapt to the regenerating vegetation.
From: Birding-Aus <> on behalf of Kim Sterelny <>
Sent: Friday, 17 July 2020 5:05 PM
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] two honeyeater questions
Hi Folks: two queries
- Today at my place near Central Tilba, NSW far south coast, I saw for the first time white-eared honeyeaters (at least two). The distribution maps do not exclude them, but I thought they
were more inland, dry country birds. Possible that fires and drought have pushed them east, and they are still here? Others more expert (almost everyone) will probably know whether this sighting is genuinely unusual
- For the last couple of months, I am getting dozens, if not more, of white napped honeyeaters coming into drink at my various watering stations. I have always had a few, but lately they have
been the most common bird on the property, by quite a way. Has anyone else noted a spike in their numbers?
Hope you are all doing OK in these weird times
Kim Sterelny, School of Philosophy, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, Acton, 0200, ACT, Australia