Five Robins

To: "'Allan Richardson'" <>, "'Mick Roderick'" <>
Subject: Five Robins
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:51:20 +1100
I've also found it increasingly harder to find Hooded Robins over the 6.5
years of woodland bird surveys between Tarcutta & Woomargama (NSW South-west
Slopes).  I can't say I've noticed a decline in Jacky Winters in the region,
but I suspect that Scarlet Robins are on the decline.

I should also clarify that the Town Common Woodland (TCW) at Holbrook where
I have seen six robins in the same survey was approximately 90 ha in area,
so I think it is probably larger than the areas where Frank, Russ & Mick
found fewer robin species. The Holbrook TCW is now slightly smaller in area
and bisected by the Hume Highway's Holbrook Bypass.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Allan
Sent: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 7:38 PM
To: Mick Roderick
Cc: 'birding-aus'; Stephen Ambrose
Subject: Five Robins

Yes Mick is correct - in the central Hunter Valley in Bulloak-dominated
woodland there are some sites that support 7 robin species (Eastern Yellow,
Red-capped, Scarlet, Flame, Rose, Hooded and Jacky Winter) - only in winter
though. The Scarlet, Flame and Rose move into the hills for the spring and

Mick is on the money about Hooded Robin in the Hunter though - it is
certainly in decline and one wonders how long it will be before they
disappear. When I do come across Hooded Robins in our neck of the woods,
Jacky Winters are almost always using the same habitat. Jacky Winter is a
once very common species that also appears to be in decline in the Hunter.

Allan R


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