Tawny Grassbird in Victoria

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Subject: Tawny Grassbird in Victoria
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:49:27 +1100
Hi all,

A report of a Tawny Grassbird has just been reported to Birline Victoria, see 
at Macleod Morass near Bairnsdale. See

Details are: single bird seen foraging along edge of rank vegetation by pond. 
Superficially similar to the locally common Little Grassbird, but distinctly 
larger, with comparatively longer, graduated tail, held cocked for much of time 
at about 45 degrees. Rich rufous crown and pale eyebrow distinctive; grey-brown 
upper with darker streaking on mantle, underside pale buffy-white, unmarked. It 
was seen by an a East Gippsland Bird Observer Club outing and reported by Chris 
Healey, with photo by Ken Sherring.

If confirmed this will be the first record for Victoria. The nearest verified 
records are from Gerroa and Kiama, both just north of Nowra (NSW), although 
there is an unconfirmed record from Kioloa Beach north of Batemans Bay (NSW).


Tim Dolby

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