Interesting how general distribution preferences change markedly in different
regions Mike - the birds I observed at Waterways were right in the middle of
> On 16 Apr 2018, at 5:34 pm, Mike Carter <> wrote:
> Allan, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater would be regular there in winter, say from
> mid-March to September. But we believe that the birds that spend the winter
> in these areas come from further south, the coastal areas of the Mornington
> Peninsula, rather than inland.
> Mike Carter, 03 5977 1262
> 181/160 Mornington-Tyabb Road
> Mornington, VIC 3931, Australia
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Allan Richardson
> Sent: 16 April 2018 3:23 PM
> To: Patrick Scully
> Cc: Mike Carter; Andrew Silcocks;
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Range of Weebill
> It’s a fair bit further north than Balnarring Patrick, but I had a Weebill at
> Bowen Parkway, Waterways on January 30 this year.
> It surprised me a bit, because we don’t get them that close to the coast in
> my neck of the woods in NSW. I picked it up by call and then photographed it
> to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. There was no doubt about it’s identity.
> The following day I had a Diamond Dove at the same site, which I took be an
> escapee, and inquiries backed up my hunch as the most likely explanation. I
> mentioned seeing the Weebill and no-one batted an eyelid, so assumed it was
> normal. The photo was no oil-painting and since the sighting appeared to be
> run of the mill I ditched it….
> On subsequent visits I’ve had Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters at the same general
> location as well, which suggests there is a somewhat inland influence
> persistent in that neck of the woods, although I’m not sure if Spiny-cheeked
> Honeyeater isn’t a well known suspect locally.
> Kind regards,
>> On 15 Apr 2018, at 5:37 pm, Patrick Scully <> wrote:
>> 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-----
>>> 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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