slightly off topic

To: 'Dr David Rosalky' <>, "" <>
Subject: slightly off topic
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 04:03:18 +0000

A yellow-footed antechinus was @ the back door all y’day morn. I’d forgotten to renew the shallow water dish I leave for it, so did so; had v gd views of the 2-lobed ear …hopping sort of motion when it ran across the lawn to cover (after resident magpie had biffed it on the nose. Gt excitement to observe & even, v  briefly, stroke one, at such close quarters.



From: Dr David Rosalky [
Sent: Sunday, 8 April 2018 8:55 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird ID


Yes, I know.  I hate these too, but …


On the lower slopes of Red Hill this afternoon, I saw a bird that I first thought was a Rufous Whistler, but as I thought about it, I realised that it wasn’t – at least I don’t think it was.


It was about the size of a whistler, but the characteristics didn’t gel.  Its bill was sharper than I associate with a whistler.  Its lower breast and belly were reddy-brown (quite rufous) but it was not a male RW – no mask.  Also, it was heavily streaked up its belly and breast right up under its chin.  Its back and wings, as I recall, were greyish.


I admit to being stumped. 


David Rosalky

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