There were 4 Flame Robins in Braeside Park, SE suburbs of Melbourne,
Victoria, to-day, 3 were brown birds. The breast of the fourth was washed
red. This is my first sighting of this species in the park for the year.
They are an altitudinal migrant and will be with us now for the winter ( in
much larger numbers in a few weeks ).
> From: Brian Fleming <>
> Subject: birding-aus Migrating Flame Robins
> Date: Wednesday, 31 March 1999 21:22
> This evening (Wed 31 march 1999) we saw about 4 or 5 Flame Robins
> flitting about in wattles and on the ground at the western edge of
> Chelsworth Park Oval, close to the billabong, in Ivanhoe. They seemed
> to be feeding. All were brown birds - one had a faint warm tone on the
> upper breast which might have been pinkish in better light. We had no
> binoculars and the light was poor at about 5.40 pm, 'real' time, but I
> have no doubt on identification. Wingflashes were quite obvious and i
> was able to get up close.
> Thirty years ago they were regular migrants which stayed for the winter.
> These days we only see them passing through. I blame habitat change -
> the Eastern Freeway replaced grazing land on the Kew bank of the Yarra,
> among other management changes in parkland.
> Any other sightings yet this autumn?
> Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.
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