Five Robins

To: Stephen Ambrose <>, 'birding-aus' <>
Subject: Five Robins
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:14:39 -0700 (PDT)
The Bulloak-dominated woodlands in the Broke-Jerry's Plains-Wambo area of the 
Hunter Valley have 6 robin species present during the winter months 
(Red-capped, Rose, Scarlet, Hooded, Eastern Yellow, Jacky Winter) and I have 
seen 5 of them at the same time at 2 sites (one with the 6 listed minus Hooded 
near Broke, one with the 6 listed minus Scarlet near Wambo). When I say "the 
same time" I mean over an hour or so in a 200m radius or thereabouts. 
I know that Allan Richardson has had Flame Robins somewhere in this area as 
well, but not sure where exactly. Maybe he has seen 6 at the same site?
I've just checked with Birdata and there are a few cells between Martindale and 
Broke showing 6 species. There are some east of Broke in Bulloak country that 
have 6 robins but are missing Red-capped which is surprising. Certainly 
potential for 7 in these spots. 
The Hoodeds are disappearing from this landscape though and I don't even know 
if one could still find them at these sites any longer. Red-caps and Jacky 
Winters are also likely be declining in these places (as is probably Scarlet!).

From: Stephen Ambrose <>
To: 'birding-aus' <> 
Sent: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 8:58 AM
Subject: Five Robins

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
region are usually full of woodland birds, probably because there is nowhere
else for them to go.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
 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!

Russell Woodford
Ocean Grove


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