Wednesday walk report, Tidbinbilla 15 July

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'David Rees' <>
Subject: Wednesday walk report, Tidbinbilla 15 July
From: John Bundock <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:01:42 +0000

I don’t think the fires had much effect on  the flame robins we saw. About a month aqo there were plenty around Mt Franklin Rd and around Honeysuckle Creek. Two of us saw flames and hooded, apparently migrating, at the junction of Naas and Apollo Roads 8 days ago. There were few flames at Tidbinbilla about 10 days ago but a week ago I saw a few where we saw them today and a lot more when I returned to the same spot a couple of hours later.


John Bundock



From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Wednesday, 15 July 2015 7:49 PM
To: David Rees
Cc: sandra henderson; Cog line
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Wednesday walk report, Tidbinbilla 15 July


Pleasing to read of the excitement on the walk.


WRT to the Flame Robins, I wonder how much of the movement has been induced by the HR burns in Namadgi.  (Expand the 'H'as you wish.)




On 15 July 2015 at 15:44, David Rees <> wrote:



Interesting, suspect this bleak weather of late has chased them more completely out of them hills more this year than recently.  




On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:42 PM, sandra henderson <> wrote:

Despite a bleak weather, and the unexpected closure of Point Hut crossing road that morning, a group of 21 signed on for the outing.

The main reason for choosing Tidbinbilla was the prospect of seeing robins, but the numbers seen were a surprise. A post-walk discussion in the carpark resulted in a consensus view that we'd seen around 60 Flame Robins, in addition to a dozen Eastern Yellow Robins and 10 Scarlet Robins. The Flame Robins were in large groups on every grassy slope, and this count is very conservative.  A number of the participants had excellent views of a Wedge-tailed Eagle flying low through the trees, with Australian Ravens in pursuit.  A large mixed flock at the half-way point contained Yellow-rumped, Buff-rumped and Brown Thornbills, all feeding on the ground, as well as assorted robins and Superb Fairy Wrens. A flock of around 30 Red-browed Finches was sighted in a patch of thick scrub. A total of 37 species seen.

Sandra Henderson



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