Scarlet Robin Behaviour

To: Merrilyn Serong <>
Subject: Scarlet Robin Behaviour
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 19:12:23 +1100
Call it Bill Oddie's Law. He can handle the fame.
Or maybe Rove's Law

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Simon Hayes
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                      Merrilyn Serong                                           
                      <>         To:      Russell 
Woodford <>                            
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[BIRDING-AUS] Scarlet Robin Behaviour                              
                      19/06/03 23:19                                            

I vote for "Russell's Law"

Russell Woodford wrote:

> Hi all
> Sorry if anyone has been trying to get in touch with me  - I've been
> away at a school camp for a couple of days.  It was a music camp but
> the kids kept calling it "Band Camp" followed by a grin and a knowing
> look ...  you've got to have seen the movie (American Pie)!
> Anyway, just thought I'd pass on an interesting observation.
> I watched a male Scarlet Robin having a great time with its reflection
> today.  I know this sort of behaviour is well documented for many
> species, but I can't remember seeing any of the Petroica robins doing
> it before - probably because I'm used to seeing them in the bush and
> not around a house.  Anyway, this little fellow was spending a lot of
> time checking out the reflection in a large window, and tried
> attacking it for a few flurries every couple of minutes.  The bird
> kept returning to the same branch and the same window for at least 20
> minutes - not sure what happened after that.  There was a female
> around but she only came near the window once, and showed no interest
> in the "2nd" male.
> It was quite magical watching all this from the side (another window,
> less reflective at this time of day) and about 1 meter away.
> By the way, I'd been for a very brisk 45-minute walk just around dawn,
> hoping to see some of the local birdlife (just outside Daylesford,
> Vic) before our students got moving for the day. I didn't see much
> until I got back to the camp and looked out over the big backyard - I
> needn't have gone anywhere else!  Surely there's a name for this "law"
> (other than Murphy's) where you try to find birds the hard way, and
> they're back at home waiting for you.       I recall a few people
> telling of full-day bashes around in thick scrub looking for elusive
> species that turn up on the car bonnet at the end of the day.  So
> who's law is this???  It's got to have a name....
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
> Geelong   Victoria   Australia
> 38º 04' 09" S    144º 23' 53" E
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