Close to the beach beside a stream. Couldn't get closer shots, but from the song, and blue/grey breast colour and stripes, guessing a dunnock. Have found these birds before at Piha, higher up on a track. Not common in Auckland, but have sighted a few in the Waitakere Ranges.
Small brown bird could be dirty sparrow but seemed different
Today there were 2 males singing from different corners of the Hinterhof
Photo from area observed.
Seen foraging on lawn.
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."