Scarlet robin(?)

To: 'Meke Kamps' <>, "" <>
Subject: Scarlet robin(?)
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2023 00:10:52 +0000

Well it is hard to identify a bird on second hand brief reports but there is no 
reason whatever to doubt that there can be a pair of Scarlet Robins at Mt 
Stromlo. They are not rare, they are regulars in our area. I don't know what 
you found on the COG website "in fact uncommon in the ACT" which is odd. I 
found this: "Petroica boodang   The Scarlet Robin is the most common robin in 
the woodlands around Canberra, and the most likely to be seen in gardens, as it 
is […]"


-----Original Message-----
From: Canberrabirds  
On Behalf Of Meke Kamps
Sent: Wednesday, 19 April, 2023 7:01 AM
Subject: Scarlet robin(?)

Dear all

I am now starting to doubt myself, so I am asking for advice on likelihood for 

On my morning walk, I believe a saw two scarlet robins at Mt Stromlo. I was 
alerted to them because their twittering was completely different from the 
usual small bird sounds around (I walk this area a lot) 

I only had my phone, so the photos are utter rubbish, but I was 100% certain 
until I read on the COG website they are in fact uncommon in the ACT and now my 
mind is telling me it might have been another one instead. Although the white 
patch on the head was bigger than what I expect from say a flame robin. 

So, until I can get my camera and get a positive ID, what’s the likelihood of a 
pair of scarlet robins at this time of year? And what would make a sighting“ 

Thank you in advance, I shall update you on a confirmed ID if I can. 


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