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Red-capped versus Scarlet Robin.

February 7th, 2011

This weekend just gone I was very pleased to note that in one part of the bush I was visiting there was a male Scarlet Robin in attendance and I photographed it both Saturday and Sunday morning. A lovely Canadian birder, Allan Gilbert, has been trying to track one down so I sent clear map/directions to him and his wife Sharon to see if they can find the bird. Today I received the following e-mail from Allan.

Ákos:
Sharon and I went out to the Devlin Rd bush to look for your Scarlet Robin, and were so proud of ourselves finding a Robin just where you said it would be! I wasn’t able to take a photo, but we carefully observed the red front cap, and the red belly with lots of white on the flanks… Then when we got home and looked it up in the book, we realized what we saw a Red-capped Robin, not your Scarlet Robin!!! So I guess we have to go back! Go figure! Otherwise, it seems that the Devlin bush is very quiet except for Buff-rumped Thornbills.

Anyway, I sent an e-mail back to Allan to check as I have not seen the Red-capped Robins here this year, only the stray Scarlet Robin. Below are two images of the species so you can look and see the differences for yourselves.

Happy Birding!

Nature Photography

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