To: Mike Carter <>
From: James Mustafa <>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:57:02 +1100
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 

James Mustafa


> 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! 
> Cheers,
> 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
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Joshua Bergmark
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