Species: Eopsaltria australis
Common names: Eastern Yellow Robin
Last year the Eastern Yellow Robins nested on a low branch of a small Hoop Pine tree in a small patch of untreated weedy bushland. Unfortunately that nesting was unsuccessful and all the eggs/chicks disappeared, possibly taken by a currawong or crow. This year I’m pleased to report that they have nested in our restoration area well removed from any of the untreated weedy bush. I think this nest is better protected from the eyes of potential predators being in dense foliage near the top of a small tree. I waited for quite a while before taking a photo hoping that the robin would return to the nest. It was only when I looked at the photo later that I realised the bird had been sitting on the nest the whole time. Let’s hope for a successful nesting outcome this year.
The pair of Eastern Yellow Robins that appeared in last month’s Notes has built a nest on a low branch of a hoop pine sapling about 2.5 metres above the ground. The beautifully constructed nest has been wonderfully camouflaged with a covering of lichen and moss.
Unfortunately a recent check of the nest revealed that it was empty. I suspect (without any evidence) that one of the Kurrawongs might have taken the eggs.
This bird can usually be seen or heard somewhere in the reserve where it ranges through the somewhat more open parts of the bush. Its typical perching habit is on the side of a tree or gripping an upright stem as it hunts for insects in the trees or more often on the forest floor. This is another bird that should have no problems with the restoration of the bushland.