Range of Weebill

To: "'Patrick Scully'" <>, <>
Subject: Range of Weebill
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:23:28 +1000
Regarding the status of Weebill on the Mornington Peninsula in my time here 
since 1964 it has never been common or widespread. Several decades ago I saw 
them around Devils Bend Reservoir but I don't think they are there now. I also 
seem to recall seeing the species at least once at the Langwarrin Reserve. The 
booklet 'Where to Find Birds around Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula' 
edited by Larry Wakefield published by the Mornington Peninsula Branch of the 
Bird Observers Club in 2006 listed it as a vagrant. There is only one record 
for the Edithvale - Seaford Wetlands; a bird photographed at Seaford within the 
last 5 years by Andrew Silcocks. We have never seen it at the Eastern Treatment 
Plant but there is little suitable habitat for it there. I am not particularly 
familiar with the Balnarring region but would be surprised if it was regular 

Mike Carter, 03 5977 1262
181/160 Mornington-Tyabb Road
Mornington, VIC 3931, Australia  

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
Patrick Scully
Sent: 14 April 2018 7:49 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Range of Weebill

Hi All,
I posted a photo that Kevin Bartram took at Kamarooka of a Weebill  on my
Facebook page and my wife’s aunt made a comment that she used to have them
in her garden at Balnarring, on the Mornington Peninsula. I know that the
Weebill is found over pretty much all of mainland Australia. Would anyone
know if they can be seen on the Mornington Peninsula? The other thing I’m
wondering about is the exact place that the Brevirostris race finishes and
the lovely more yellow Flavescens race starts? I’ve looked at both the
Morcombe app and Pizzey app maps and to me it is a little unclear.

Ken Haines and I had an enjoyable time last September seeing Flavescens at
Mica Creek, Mt Isa.
Happy birding,
Patrick Scully
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