FW: Songlark perhaps - PS

To: "'David McDonald \(personal\)'" <>, <>
Subject: FW: Songlark perhaps - PS
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:52:33 +1000

Thanks, David.  The bird song certainly matches, but the bird I saw was much lighter in colour and more like the singing bushlark illustrated in  my bird book (Morecombe).  I will have to go back in the morning with my camera and try to get lucky.  Then the question will be settled (perhaps).



From: David McDonald (personal) [
Sent: Saturday, 14 September 2013 1:53 PM
To: Margaret Leggoe
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] FW: Songlark perhaps - PS


Margaret, perhaps the Eurasian Skylark ?
Regards - David

On 14/09/2013 12:23 PM, Margaret Leggoe 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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