Sunday, July 21, 2013

Brown Songlark leads streaky run

What's brown and streaky and likes living among the grass and cattle? Take your pick, from Mungalla Station last three days: Most recent newcomer to total list of sightings since October, Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis). First I've found in the Ingham area. Seen Friday, no sign yesterday.

Quiet Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis), one of three making quick little runs and flights yesterday. Last sighted late April, but almost certainly resident on the station.

Plenty of Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) amid the grass and hymenachne in yesterday's warm and still weather, after seeming absent during the previous week's drizzle and gusty grey days. 

Keener on bare dirt than grass, Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella), one of 10-20 calling Mungalla home, with many more likely to turn up soon. 

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