Red-capped Robins and weekend birding

Subject: Red-capped Robins and weekend birding
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:59:27 +1100

I spent a hot Saturday wandering along the Molonglo River in Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve. My aim was to look for Red-capped Robins in the Black Cypress-Pine below the Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre at the end of Stockdill Drive, followed by a wander through the reserve from the other end at Coppins Crossing.

I eventually did find 2 female Red-capped Robins adjacent to a large patch of Callitris in a MFF with a Southern Whiteface, 2 Yellow Thornbills, 12 Double-barred Finches and 8 Yellow-rumped Thornbills. Both robins had a fair bit of dull red on their forehead but none on their breast, hence my assumption they were female birds. Most of this stretch of the Molonglo wasnt touched by the fires.

I recorded well over 30 species for the reserve including also:
White-faced Heron (5)
Great Cormorant (3)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (1)
Brown Goshawk (1)
Brown Falcon (1)
Rufous Whistler (2)
Scarlet Robin (1 male)
Rainbow Bee-eater (many)
Striped Skinks (many)
What ever happened to the Copper-tailed Skinks?? I havent seen one in years.

I also heard Rainbow Bee-eaters and Double-barred Finches at Uriarra Crossing on Saturday and flushed a pair of Collared Sparrowhawks from trees along Ginninderra Creek at Evatt.


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