To: "canberra birds" <>
Subject: Songlark
From: "David Jenkins" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 23:15:32 +1100
I'm not an experienced bird-watcher but I do have an interest and a couple of reference books including the Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT.  From the information in that guide, I thought you may be interested in a sighting on Saturday of what I believe to be a male Brown Songlark in my backyard at Amaroo, which I understand may be an unusual sighting. 
The bird was all chocolate brown in colour with a large dark eye and dark beak, about the size of a blackbird but definitely not a (female) blackbird.  It appeared to fly up from either grass or garden bed onto the fence and a minute or two later onto the adjoining roof before running up over the roof's ridge and disappearing from sight.  The most distinctive feature was the way it continually raised or cocked its tail, like a wren or a crested pigeon on landing.  I did not hear a song from my vantage point inside the house some 10 metres away.
Also, we have a few Corellas out here which occasionally fly overhead or land in the yellow boxes across the road in the company of white cockatoos.  I've only counted four at one time.
David Jenkins
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