I conduct bird surveys regularly in woodland patches near the Hume Highway
in the South-west Slopes region of NSW. I've seen Red-capped Robin, Scarlet
Robin, Flame Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Hooded Robin and Jacky Winter in a
single (winter) outing to the Town Common Woodland at Holbrook. However,
they have not all been detected there every year over the six years that
surveys have been conducted. This is a small area of remnant box-gum
woodland alongside the Hume Highway, in a rural landscape that has been
cleared of most of its native woodland. Remnant woodland patches in this
region are usually full of woodland birds, probably because there is nowhere
else for them to go.
On Behalf Of Russ
Sent: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:54 AM
To: Frank O'Connor
Cc: birdswa Google Group; Birding Aus
Subject: Five Robins
Woodlands Historic Park, close to Melbourne Airport, is a fantastic spot.
The Back Paddock is largely a grey box woodland, and 5 Robins can be seen
here during winter: Scarlet (22), Red-capped (44), Rose (4), Flame (32),
Eastern Yellow (13). I've included the Eremaea reporting rate to give an
idea of which robins you are more likely to see. I've not seen more than 4
on one day but an amazing SEVEN is possible: Jacky-Winter (1%) and Pink
(just under 1%). I recall someone seeing six on a single outing - not sure
if anyone has seen all 7.
Eremaea has no record of Hooded Robin at this site, but they've been
recorded not that far away. 8 robins does soudn a litlte excessive!
You've laid down the challenge, Frank. I'll be out to get 5 Robins at
Woodlands next winter!
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