Just driving back from Lake Tutchewop after successfully twitching the
dowitcher with Scott Baker. Have put coordinates on a birdline report.
In terms of which species, will still need confirmation from Jeff Davies and
the team I think but Mike Carter told me if it does a single note call every
few seconds that makes the bird a Long-billed Dowitcher. We observed he bird
doing this call a few times and I have filmed it also.
Photos to come and I'll put a big write up on my VicTwitch blog.
Good luck twitchers
> On 10 Nov 2014, at 5:22 pm, "Mike Carter" <> wrote:
> If it turns out to be a Short-billed Dowitcher and is accepted, your right
> Joshua that would be second record for Australia, the first being a bird
> that was banded at Corner Inlet in Victoria on 18 June 1995. However, there
> was another Short-billed Dowitcher at the Price Saltfields in South Australia
> from 1-11 December 1999 that was seen by many people including John Cox, John
> Hatch Tony Palliser and myself and was well documented but never made it to
> BARC so constitutes a report not a record. Another American Dowitcher not
> identified to species was seen by Bob Swindley et al. sometime between those
> dates somewhere near Wilson's Prom in Victoria. If this one turns out to be a
> Long-billed that will be a long expected new one for the Aussie list and ruin
> a fantasy that I would find the first on one of my regular count sites SE of
> Melbourne. Nevertheless, I hope to see this one tomorrow!
> Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia
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> Sent: Monday, 10 November 2014 2:45 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, NORTH VICTORIA
> Somehow this hasn’t made it here yet, but Lake Tutchewop in Victoria
> currently has a Short-billed (possibly Long-billed) Dowitcher in breeding
> plumage. ID is unsure based on lack of high quality photos, but the bird is
> definitely one of the two species (either 2nd or 1st record for Aus). If
> anyone wants to leave from Sydney today, ring me on 0459 823 534, we have one
> or two spots in the car left.
> Joshua Bergmark
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