ANBG: Robins Galore!

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Subject: ANBG: Robins Galore!
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 13:45:19 +1000
All rather cute and humorous but just within the last week we had a hinted and I think not unreasonable questioning if not criticism of obscurity on this chatline of calling place names according to odd individual names. Although that was in regard to a named feature at the ANBG. I hope we don't go this far down this road. Or maybe it is just because of my dislike of Martin referring to "GBS Central" a few years ago, which I think started it.
On my quick look for a Pink Robin in the area on Friday, the closest I got was several Pink Ribbons.
-----Original Message-----From: Geoffrey Dabb [ Sent: Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:45 AM      To:
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] ANBG: Robins Galore!

On reflection, I wonder whether this site should not be named to remember the robin discoverers.  Perhaps something like “Williams/Milburn Australian Robin Study Site”.  Roger certainly deserves recognition.  This could be known by the easily-recalled acronym “WIMARSS”.  This, in turn, could be incorporated in a T-shirt, that could be expected to be popular among our new and numerous breed of Pink Robin photographers:


But on further reflection again I think there may be a problem.  As I recall there is a plan to glass in the upper section of that gully to replicate Australian tropical rainforest.  It would be unfortunate if the gully became a battlefield between robin-photographers and birdwatchers waving “Save WIMARSS” placards and bewildered bearded rainforest enthusiasts down from FNQ to advance their lonely cause.    Let’s stay with “Robin Central” then as a temporary label.  “Off to Robin Central for a quick look for a PR” you can say, as you gather up the last spoonful of froth from your cappuccino at Hudsons in the Gardens.  “Better be quick”, your friend might say, “before they glass it in”.  



From: Geoffrey Dabb [ Sent: Monday, 16 May 2011 6:09 PM     To:
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] ANBG: Robins Galore!



Robin Central, by all means.  We have previously noted the curious provenance of ‘Finch Central’.   (Archive for 13 May 2010, if anyone is interested)          


-----Original Message-----From: Peter Milburn [ Sent: Friday, 13 May 2011 4:00 PM
To:      Subject: [canberrabirds] ANBG: Robins Galore!


Today at lunchtime in the ANBG a visit to the gully that includes the rainforest in its lower parts yielded no fewer than 4 species of robins.


At the edge of the rainforest Eastern Yellow (4) , Pink (1), Rose (3) and a little higher located by song Scarlet (1) Robin.


Could we have a new Robin Central?




Dr P.J Milburn

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