birds on the move

Subject: birds on the move
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:36:11 +1000
simon starr wrote:

Still waiting for the usual Flame Robins(only one brown bird so far).Would be interested to hear if people find them scarcer than usual this year.I"ve no idea where the birds I see come from but you would expect reduced numbers somewhere this year after the fires.

This raises an interesting point I think.

What proportion of the Flame Robins we see in various lowland habitats throughout Victoria in Autumn - Winter are from Tasmania, and what proportion from the Victorian highlands and Alps?

When I worked in Queenscliff years ago (at the head of Port Phillip Bay), I recall each Autumn getting to work and finding tired looking Flame Robins perched on various objects in the grounds. I don't think there's much doubt that these birds had recently arrived from Tasmania??? Where they went to after that I don't know. Do the Tasmanian birds disperse south of the divide only, or north as well?

Are the Flame Robins seen in northern Victoria mostly from the Alps? .... and if so, will there be many left after the extensive summer fires this year?

Lots of questions - no real answers - hoping to see some idle speculation on the list ........

I haven't seen many Flame Robins in the south this season; but then I haven't been looking all that much either.

Lawrie Conole
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