Possible Tasmanian Morepork in Victoria

To: "Richard Loyn" <>, "'Chris Corben'" <>, <>
Subject: Possible Tasmanian Morepork in Victoria
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:08:34 +1000
I'd be surprised if Pink Robin wasn't a trans-Bass Strait migrant. Back in the 1960's & 70's when our seabird observations were land-based we (including Chris and others) made regular, perhaps weekly visits to Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. We came to 'expect' to find a brown Pink Robin or two each autumn in the bigger shrubs on the otherwise relatively bare tip of the promontory in the same sort of place one would look for migrants on a UK headland. They were also found at Sorrento in rather less bleak surroundings. Other regular migrants were Silvereyes and Grey Fantails but strangely I recall few Flame Robins. Vagrants possibly or assumed to be from Tasmania found there included Olive Whistler and interestingly, a Boobook. Vagrants clearly from inland Australia included a Pied Butcherbird, an Elegant Parrot, a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater and a White-backed Swallow. So the origin of the Pink Robins is not certain but is highly suggestive.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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