Believe it or not Brown Songlarks are around, perhaps not in SW Vic so much. I
recently came back from a trip to the Gawler Ranges in South Australia & I
found them numerous, they were mixed in with little feeding flocks of pipits &
Orange Chats. The thing is I never heard a peep out of them, and they are much
harder to see if they are silent. I've always found the songlarks a bit up &
down in terms of there presence in the Summer. Sometimes they are very common &
sometimes absent, they are truly a bird that depends on conditions. I think
we've been lucky over the last few years, both songlarks have been rather
common, but Browns a bit harder to see this year & Rufous are around, but a
little more patchy perhaps? Pallid Cuckoo is another that varies enormously in
numbers every season. Often PCs are quite common, but some years hard to find.
PCs are rather thin on the ground this year.-Kevin Bartram
> Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:58:54 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Brown Songlarks missing in sw Victoria
> Hi Steve
> We didn't see or hear a single Brown Songlark on our little Moderators'
> Bush Bash in western Victoria last month. We did Wyperfeld, Pink Lakes and
> Little Desert over 5 days 17-21 October. Perhaps a litlte early for Brown
> Songlark, but I've seen them at a few spots along this route in October in
> the past. No sign of any around Geelong since then but I've had my head in
> a certain iPhone app for most of that time!
> Russell Woodford
> On 25 November 2013 13:01, keith brandwood <> wrote:
> > Hi Steve,usual numbers of Browns here in the Hawkesbury however Rufous SL
> > appear to be in short supply ,this is usually the most numerous one. Good
> > numbers of Horsfield,s Bushlarks.