Help needed for identifying Scarlet Robin breeding events

To: 'canberra birds' <>
Subject: Help needed for identifying Scarlet Robin breeding events
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:29:22 +0000
Yes and the other ones that are confusable with thornbill (all that group I
think) and fairy-wren nests is the finches (native ones I mean) that also
build domed nests with side entrances. Mostly they are untidy grass
arrangements. In addition to Mark's comparative comments, robins' nests are
usually neat. So indeed they are quite different. Also for Judy's question,
it is feasible that the actual breeding could be quite some distance from
the place of seeing adults with young.

-----Original Message-----From: Judy Middle took
 Sent: Tuesday, 12 July, 2016 12:33 PM
To: Mark Clayton        Cc: Rosemary Blemings; canberra birds
Subject: Help needed for identifying Scarlet Robin
breeding events

Thanks very much Mark. The ones I've found   are all dome shaped. I'll keep
looking for the source of the juvenile robins.

Sent from my iPhone

> On 12 Jul 2016, at 12:03 PM, Mark Clayton <> wrote:
> Judy,
> Both thornbill and fairy-wren nests are domed structures with a side
> entrance. Most robin nests of all local species are open cup-shaped nests
> very roughly about the size of half a tennis ball that are usually placed
> a forked branch, at various heights, and are made of fine bark, rootlets
> grasses, lined with plant down, feathers etc and often decorated with
> lichens or other plant material on the outside. Flame Robins will also
> in crevices on road banks, behind loose bark etc.
> Cheers,
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----> From: Judy
 > Sent: Tuesday, 12 July 2016 11:50 AM
> To: Rosemary Blemings> Cc: canberra birds> Subject: [canberrabirds] Help
needed for identifying Scarlet Robin breeding events
> Scarlet Robins are probably breeding at or near Uriarra Village but I'm
> deducing this because of the presence of juvenile birds. Is this a
> reasonable deduction?  There are an adult male and female scarlet robins
> accompanied by a juvenile in my garden most days. I don't know if it's
> one family group. They perch on the fence at the edge of the village with
> garden on one side and horse paddocks on the other. A friend who lives a
> houses down the road also regularly sees adults and juveniles on her
> They are sometimes hanging around near yellow rumped  thornbills and blue
> wrens. I often find tiny nests in my rose bushes and low shrubs but
> they might belong to blue wrens (which are the most common). Does anyone
> have photos of scarlet robin nests or advice on how they might be
> distinguished from wren or thornbill nests?
> Judy
> Sent from my iPad
>> On 12 Jul 2016, at 10:02 AM, Baird, Ian <> wrote:
>> Given the Scarlet Robin breeding season is no doubt getting underway, and

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