Firstly, I hope your American friend had a good time birding in Australia!
In terms of the Brown Gerygone, this species appears to be on the increase
as their numbers continue to grow in places like the Dandenongs. As far as
I'm aware, they have been present in the Dandenongs in small numbers for
the last few years, though there are a few scattered sightings dating back
to early/mid 2000s. In fact, they're probably one of the birds to expect
when birding in the area now. Walks like Welch Track and through Sherbrooke
Forest are pretty good spots to find them. Larger sites a little further
out like Bunyip State Park and the Yarra Ranges also host this species and
in more solid numbers.
I hope that helps!
All the very best
On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 9:40 AM, Richard Nowotny <
> A week ago a very good young visiting birder from the US fairly confidently
> identified a Brown Gerygone in the Dandenongs from both good views and song
> (unfortunately his ID photo is not good enough to assist in confirming his
> My understanding from range maps, atlases and personal experience is that
> the western limit of this species' range in Victoria is well east of
> Can anyone comment on the likelihood of this sighting, please.
> Richard NOWOTNY
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