Bird sighting near Byron Bay

Subject: Bird sighting near Byron Bay
From: (Ian Evans)
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 16:05:23 +1000
Dear Birding Au/s,

I'm a casual and amateur birdwatcher, living in the country near Byron Bay,
NSW. For the past few days I've been watching a small bird which has
arrived in this area very recently. The closest identification I can find
for it is a Golden-Headed Cisticola. But it doesn't quite fit the picture
in my bird book as it has a very pale rusty colour on the breast. It also
looks a little smaller in the body. The wings and back appear to be about
the same colour as a common house sparrow.
The bird sits on high power wires about 80 metres from my house and spends
a lot of time calling. But it appears there isn't any other bird of this
species around as this bird is entirely alone. After calling for a while it
takes off, flying fairly high but comes back to call again in an hour or
Can you suggest what it might be?
Hope you can help!

Ian Evans
The World of Old Houses |
Phone/fax: 02 6684 7677 (Int. 612 6684 7677) Mobile/voicemail 015 014 569
PO Box 591, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia 2482

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