Flame Robins grouping &/or moving?

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Subject: Flame Robins grouping &/or moving?
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 10:04:27 +1000
I spent yesterday investigating a site in the Quarry Hills near Wollert on the very northern fringe of Melbourne towards Whittlesea.  I was last there in January 2003, and reported on some interesting records then (Speckled Warbler, Barking Owl, etc.). 

Yesterday the main point of interest for me was a large group of Flame Robins (circa 30 birds; mostly brown birds, but including 2 fully & 1 partially coloured males) feeding on the ground adjacent to woodland in a mixed flock with White-fronted Chats (5), European Greenfinches (2), Yellow-rumped Thornbills (10), House Sparrows (2) and a Willie Wagtail.  I couldn't see what they were eating, but there appeared to be an abundance of it!  Some kind of invertebrate hatching after the copious rain and then spring-like sunshine perhaps???

I photographed the site for work purposes, and later looking at the image I was struck by the relatively clear line of sight across the plain to the real hills around Kinglake and Healesville.  I'm speculating that this large group of Flame Robins might have been passing through, fuelling up, on its way back to the hills to breed.  An impressive sight in any case ....

Lawrie Conole
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