It was a pleasure to get out of the house and into the bush without the rain. Took a trip into the backpaddock at Woodlands.
Didn’t take too long to spot a red-capped male. Then we looked in an area where we hadn’t been and lo and behold another male, and two, possibly three, of his offspring. The variation on the number is that two people can never agree.
So even at at the lower count it would seem we have seen at least 24 or possible 25 new juveniles in the forest this season.
The male was a very doting father, and fed, and offered advice, but his offspring have grown into quite independent birds now. This one is probably from an earlier brood, as it is starting to take on some nice orange brown wash on its chest. Very reminiscent of the female.
The Scarlet Robin is still in place, vocal, and swift. Covering much of the area we walked in today. Didn’t sight him, but as soon as we headed in one direction, he called from another.
Plenty of Yellow-rumped Thornbills, starting to gather, so a largish winter mixed flock might be in order. Time will tell.
It would be a treat if the young robins stayed about with the flock over winter. We were also thinking how successful the Flame Robins might have been, and how many birds will pass through over the winter months.
Alway something happening.