Range of Weebill

To: Mike Carter <>
Subject: Range of Weebill
From: Patrick Scully <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:37:29 +1000
Hi All,
And thanks Mike.  I had thought that if anyone knew about Weebill on the
Mornington Peninsula, who would know better than yourself.  My wife's aunt
is the Anglican Vicar at Balnarring and said that when she moved there in
2007, that she had Weebill in the garden but then a family of Butcher Birds
moved in and that was the end of them. She has a field guide but is not
what I would call a birder, in the sense of seeking out birds and I'm not
sure that she even owns any binoculars.  When I suggested that they may
have been Thornbills, and described Weebill as having a white eye, she
mentioned seeing the white eye.  After reading your email, I wonder if she
may have been seeing Buff-rumped Thornbill.
Would you know if they are more common on the Mornington Peninsula Mike?
All the best,
Patrick Scully

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 1:23 PM, Mike Carter <> wrote:

> 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 there.
> Mike Carter, 03 5977 1262
> 181/160 Mornington-Tyabb Road
> Mornington, VIC 3931, Australia
> -----Original Message-----
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> 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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