… just make the heart leap. This is one of those things.
Back in the drought years it was virtually impossible to find the Hooded Robin around Newstead. Numbers had fallen precariously and they were absent from haunts where I saw them reliably during the 1980s. To see them nesting locally again, and with an apparently rising population is wonderful.
The nest was placed on the trunk of a Grey Box, with the bark prised away to create a narrow crevice for the delicate structure. It was a sunny morning and both adults were busy feeding in the area around the nest, with the female returning regularly to incubate. Incubation periods lasted about 5-10 minutes, followed by short bursts of feeding. The male wasn’t seen to visit the nest, but did patrol the general area for intruders. They were relaxed to let me watch on from a safe distance. Other birds, including a pair of Jacky Winters and Grey Fantails were also busy constructing nests nearby.