And now a little more on an absolute favourite, the Hooded Robin.
This woodland resident is a charming bird, made more so by its comparative rarity and shy nature. The male is striking, in fact I’d almost say spectacular, with the bold contrast between black and white and the distinctive ‘hangman’s hood’.
Their numbers are slowly recovering, since the Millennium drought – I’ve now got about a dozen local spots where they can be seen reliably. They are a sedentary species, with strong fidelity to their territories, especially as breeding season approaches.
They like to perch on exposed perches, such as low branches and tree stumps, from where they will pounce on nearby insects.
I’m looking forward to following the adventures of this pair over coming months.