Coast and ID please

To: Julian Robinson <>
Subject: Coast and ID please
From: Beth Mantle <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:05:37 +1000
Hi Julian & Everyone,

Could it be a juvenile Pale Yellow Robin?  The head and bill seem to fine and delicate for it to be a whistler, while the stance put me in mind of a robin.  

At first I was thinking Jacky Winter, due to the flycatcher-type whiskers around the bird's bill, but your bird doesn't appear to be the clean grey and white that Jacky's usually are, though this might be a product of the photograph.  Furthermore, adult Jacky Winters have a white supercilium, and your bird doesn't.

Due to the fact that your bird has some yellow in the wings and a white "shoulder", I thought it might be a young Pale Yellow Robin.  I'm not sure if Mossy Point is too far south in their range as I'm not familiar with the NSW Coast.

I'd really love to hear what others think - I find this type of exercise so beneficial developing better observation skills.


On 02/03/2008, at 11:01 PM, Julian Robinson wrote:

Did some birding during a week at Mossy Point and surrounds and (as happens with us newer hands) a few lifers for me.  My two discoveries were the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens, a must-visit place, and Coila Ck - thanks to Rod.

At the Bot Gdns :
- Black-faced Monarch
- Bassian Thrush
- Rufous Fantail (lots of them, even got a photo)
- Brown Gerygones nesting - feeding nestlings
- my mystery bird which I'm after some help identifying (at the bottom of this)
- Leaden Flycatcher
- many Jacky Winters (listed on their list as a winter bird for them)
- Fantail and maybe Brush Cuckoo immatures
- Whipbird, Oriole, YFHE, Lewins HE, etc

At Coila Ck and around Mossy Point :
- many Azure Kingfishers
- Nankeen Night Heron immature (I think - have photos but I'm thrown by green legs)
- Striated Heron
- Crested Shrike-tits, Rufous and Golden Whistlers, Thornbills, Red-brow Finches, FT Cuckoo immatures, I reckon a Pilotbird but I wouldn't really know (all brown, bigger than a rock warbler, fleeting, stayed low), Yellow Robins, Grey Fantail all occurred together in a small inlet near the top of Coila Ck, just as Rod described
- Sea-eagles adult (and immature once) patrolling above the headland every evening and (also as Rod mentioned) looking spectacular in the narrow confines of Coila Ck
- Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot, SC Cockatoo, YT Black Cockatoo, Galah, Rosellas at Mossy Pt

Pics of some including Az Kingfisher, BF Monarch and B Gerygone and nest:

I'd be grateful for help on the attached bird that was at the Bot Gardens - I really have no idea.  I got the impression it was small but it may have been larger I guess up to Robin or Whistler size. Basically grey all over with greenish-yellow in the wing and a tuft of white near the shoulder. Legs were grey or reddish depending on the light (see photo) and eye was dark reddish.  It perched briefly outside the bird-hide then I found it later  feeding on insects in bark at head height.


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