Tawny Grassbird in Victoria

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Tawny Grassbird in Victoria
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:29:13 +1000
Hi Tim,

One comment, based on the description and the photo - I've not seen Tawny
Grassbird foraging on the ground at the edge of water before (and I've seen
thousands of them), however nearly every Little Grassbird I've ever seen has
been doing this.  Possibly a mark against Tawny as an ID?


On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Tim Dolby <> wrote:

> 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).
> Cheers,
> Tim Dolby
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