Has anyone seen the Dowitcher this weekend?

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Subject: Has anyone seen the Dowitcher this weekend?
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:51:24 +1100
Managed to spend about an hour and a half today at Lake Tutchewop with no luck 
this afternoon. Saw three male ostrich at Lashbrook road on the way and the 
other two nsw threatened species seen were spotted harrier (one near the 
Balldale turn off near Corowa, and one just after Thule Creek) and a flock of 
White-fronted chats South of Deniliquin.
Pulled in first quickly at lake Kelly with hundreds of banded stilt on the far 
eastern shore, and when I approached the western shore there were quite a few 
waders present including a single curlew sandpiper - with more time it might 
have ben worth a walk along this shore as despite the wind blowing to this side 
of the lake thee were many birds there.
Then traveled to the inlet channel at lake Tutchewop where there were a number 
of birds present (mainly grey teal, Australian shelduck, Silver gull and 
Pelicans). At least two sharp-tailed sandpipers were present amongst the 
vegetation on the inlet channel, and another ten or so were present out amongst 
the ducks. I watched for about twenty minutes while all turned their heads and 
no dowitcher was obvious. I walked the shore past the nest boxes almost to the 
rock groyne but very few birds were present (about 30 red-necked stints, masked 
lapwings and a number of red-capped plovers including one runner chick) before 
heading back to the other side of the inlet channel to se if anything else was 
hiding there (a single greenshank was the only other wader found).
I then drove around the lake viewing at a couple of points including a brief 
walk on the north side where the concrete bunkers are (only birds seen here 
were more silver gulls). Then returned to the inlet channel for one last look 
with only three sharpies left. Did meet one other birder in a Queensland 
registered vehicle that also had had no luck, but not certain where exactly he 
had been looking.
Would be interested to know if anyone else has recorded the bird over the 
weekend, but at this stage I suspect that will be a dip for me, unless I have 
another excuse to head over this way in the next few weeks.

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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Has anyone seen the Dowitcher this weekend?
> Finally getting a chance to head to Lake Tutchewop this afternoon, and just 
> wanted to see if anyone had any luck this weekend so far to try and work out 
> the best possible starting point (if none will start in the South East near 
> the drain and work from there).
> Looks like Swan Hill hasn't got anywhere near the rain originally predicted 
> (unfortunately for the locals) so I am hoping it hasn't up and moved. Will 
> have the iPad with me so any latest news would be greatly appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Peter
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