5 Minute Bird Count
Observed a dunnock in coastal bush near the bottom end of Tasman Lookout Track, close to Piha Beach, nearby houses, and public car parking area.
I've noticed an increase in dunnocks in the Piha area, a bird not normally seen in Auckland.
From NZ Birds online:
Distribution and habitat
Dunnocks occur throughout the country from sea level to subalpine scrub at 1,600 m altitude, in orchards, farms, suburban gardens, scrub and forest. They are a common bird in southern New Zealand, but are scarce north from Waikato north, and are rare in Auckland city. Dunnocks are common and breed in the Chathams, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands, and are recorded as vagrant to The Snares. There is no evidence of migratory movements within New Zealand. The natural distribution of dunnocks ranges from Europe eastwards to the Ural mountains in Russia and south to the Caucasus region and northern Iran.
Fantail in background as well
The dunnock (Prunella modularis) is a small passerine, or perching bird, found throughout temperate Europe and into Asia. Dunnocks have also been successfully introduced into New Zealand. It is by far the most widespread member of the accentor family, which otherwise consists of mountain species. Other common names of the dunnock include the hedge accentor, hedge sparrow, or hedge warbler. The name "dunnock" comes from the Ancient British *dunnākos, meaning "little brown one."