FW: Songlark perhaps - PS

To: "'Robin Eckermann'" <>, <>, "Andrew Cockburn" <>
Subject: FW: Songlark perhaps - PS
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:06:57 +1000

Thanks for the hint, Robin.  I did a bit more searching, and on the COG website found a great recording of the Singing Bushlark.  I am now 98% certain that is the bird I saw, heard this morning, and the colour is the closest of all the candidates too.



From: Robin Eckermann [
Sent: Saturday, 14 September 2013 1:35 PM
To: Margaret Leggoe
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] FW: Songlark perhaps - PS


Maybe a Eurasian Skylark?

Regards ... Robin Eckermann

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(from phone - excuse brevity & typos)

On 14/09/2013, at 12:23 PM, "Margaret Leggoe" <m("","m.leggoe7141");">> wrote:

PS.  When I got home I listened to what I could find on the internet in terms of bird calls of the rufous songlark and Australasian pipit.  The songlark call was similar but not identical to what I had heard, and none of the recordings I listened to were much good anyway.



I’m a bit reluctant to ask for an ID without any image, but I am very curious.  This morning I went for a walk around the bare paddock opposite the RSPCA at Weston because I was intrigued by a strident bird song that was new to me.  I determined this much:

·         Up to half a dozen birds would have been involved, but not together, they did their thing individually.

·         The bird was about the size of an Australasian pipit.

·         It was fawn in colour with rusty spots on the upper parts.

·         It was most vocal whilst on the wing, and flew round and round in circles above the bare ground.

·         The call was a series of strident cheeps and whirring.

·         At one stage a calling pair stopped calling and went from the top of lamp poles down into a creek together.

Has anyone else seen these birds, and what are they?

Thank you

Margaret Leggoe


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