Interesting that you find Scarlet Robin in shorter supply than Flame in some
areas Stephen. A few years back I was regularly working on the Newnes Plateau
in the Western Blue Mountains and Scarlet were in much better shape than Flame
- I'd say the ratio would be somewhere in the vicinity of 3:1.
Flame are absent from southern areas in the Hunter since they appear to prefer
higher elevations than we have on the Hunter's southern flanks, but even in
areas like Barrington Tops, which was always a stronghold for flame, they seem
to be dropping off in population density.
On 17/10/2013, at 8:51 AM, Stephen Ambrose wrote:
> 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: Re: [Birding-Aus] 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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