If you’ve followed this blog for a bit, then you’ll know we often find a very startlingly handsome Scarlet Robin, we’ve named Will. I. Am. He came into the park in late December 2011 and has stayed over which is a delight, of those of us who actively work out there, its been debatable about him having a lady. We’ve each seen fleetingly what we think is a female, or was it a juvenile, or another red-capped robin?
But the nesting season has drawn to a close, and now it can be revealed. Yes. There was a lady out there. And a couple of recent sightings began to confirm it.
Having a couple of hours between appointments today, I thought a quick scout about might help. So, out I went, and very soon had heard him in full cry and not much later spotted a red flash through the trees. I was really hoping it might be a couple more Rufous Fantails. But no. However it was better. A lovely female Scarlet Robin, and she took long enough to pause for a photo opportunity, before like her mate, she sped through the trees and was gone.
Andrew H had reported seeing the male with a juvenile, and no doubt they have had a successful season.
I also found the young male red-cap hard at work prefecting his call and hunting. He was working over a large open area, and I had great hopes of him coming more in my direction. When to both of our dismays a walker with two four-legged dog scarers came by. He fluffed himself up into his best ‘Dogs begone’ pose, but in the end he took flight, and was gone.