red-capped and pink robins in Melbourne

Subject: red-capped and pink robins in Melbourne
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2000 16:28:32 +1000

Last Thursday (8 June) I saw 3 Petroica spp. in a small reserve in the eastern
suburbs of Melbourne, Old Joes Creek Retarding Basin (Melway  65 A6, off Market
St near Dorset Road in Boronia).  These included a female Red-capped Robin and a
male Scarlet Robin, both loosely associated with a party of insectivorous birds
on the southern edge of the reserve, next to private gardens.  There were also
two brown-coloured Pink Robins, characteristically among teatree etc. on the
north-western fence-line.  It's curious that vagrant Red-caps should turn up in
winter as well as summer, but I know this does happen.  Cheers, Richard.

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