Despite the dry Spring it seems to have been a successful breeding season for woodland birds – with hopefully a way to go yet. Red-capped Robins are possibly are scarcest local robins, on a par with Hooded Robins – so any evidence of successful breeding is noteworthy.
This pair at Strangways, were attending a nest hidden away amongst a clump of mistletoe in a Red Box Eucalyptus polyanthemos.
Perched at the top of the nest, not long from fledging, were three healthy nestlings. As Patrick and I watched on, the adults made regular visits (every couple of minutes) with food – a smorgasbord of beetles, bugs, moths, flies and other unidentified invertebrates. On each visit, as the parents approached the nest they gave a characteristic wing flick, displaying the prominent white wing-bar that is characteristic of the Petroica robins. This is most likely a signal to the other adult that its partner is nearby.
Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for locating these birds.