Scarlet robin(?)

To: 'Philip Veerman' <>, 'Meke Kamps' <>, "" <>
Subject: Scarlet robin(?)
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2023 01:00:17 +0000

This time of year particularly.  Red balloons = last 30 days.  Looks like good year for the species locally.



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From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 10:11 AM
To: 'Meke Kamps' <>;
Subject: Scarlet robin(?)




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 […]"




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From: Canberrabirds [m("","canberrabirds-bounces");">] On Behalf Of Meke Kamps

Sent: Wednesday, 19 April, 2023 7:01 AM

To: m("","canberrabirds");">

Subject: [Canberrabirds] Scarlet robin(?)


Dear all


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


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“ uncommon”?


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






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