Flame Robin

To: Martin Butterfield <>, COG List <>
Subject: Flame Robin
From: Jack & Andrea Holland <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:19:33 +0000
Martin, Flame Robins are well known to be among the earliest “colonisers” of burnt areas. They certainly were around Cooleman Ridge/Narrabundah Hill in good numbers for the first few years after the January 2003 fires, but have been much harder to find since.  So I would expect you will see quite a few more this autumn/winter in your local area.
Jack Holland
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:45 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Flame Robin
I just heard a strange but very melodious song near our house so went tracking.  It turned out to be a male Flame Robin sitting in one off the many burnt out eucalypts singing his heart out. 

Although they travel around the Plain in flocks of 10+ in Winter, its the first one I have seen on our block, let alone my GBS site, in the 10+ years we've been living here.  It does call to mind the large number seen on Warks Rd after the 2003 fires and I wonder if the events of 17 February have opened up the bush and made it more attractive to them?

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