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.