I suppose it was not to be unexpected that after finding some Flame Robins at The Office last week, that we would have to venture further afield.
A rare find of a Rose Robin at Woodlands Historic Park, must have got the inquisitive out and about, as every person we met today asked, “Have you seen the Rose Robin?” Sadly we had to respond “No”. We did manage to get an indication that some Flame Robins had been seen down near the hospital dam, and so like the Banjo suggests, “We went”.
But no luck. Did you remember to pack the bird karma, she asked.
At this time of the year I always expect the Bandicoot Hilton, Backpaddock to be firmly locked from mere mortals, but today it was open and so we ventured in.
And quite quickly came upon some old friends. Always nice to catch up with these birds. The “Brothers Three”, are three quite distinctively different Flame Robin males who seem quite happy to winter over together. And at the moment the females and a few juveniles are in their company.
Add to the mix a very active Scarlet male, and at least two Red-capped Robin males who were discussing territory in no uncertain terms and seemed to be encouraged on by one very loud and bossy female Red-cap.
I’ve said it before, but there is something quite wonderful about sitting on a stump in a Grey Box forest as the Flame Robins hunt back and forth around me.