Tag Archives: Restless Flycatcher

Scissors Grinder of Newstead Cemetery

For a small hillside country cemetery, surrounded by paddocks of sheep, Newstead has a surprising array of birds feeding in the area. There are several  large mature gums and a few small creeks with dense foliage that the smaller birds love. There were many birds when I visited on the weekend including several Restless Flycatchers also called “Scissors grinder” for their whirring, rasping hissing call. The one below, an immature female was moving between headstones chasing insects.

Restless Flycatcher, Newstead Cemetery, Newstead, Vic

Restless Flycatcher, Newstead Cemetery, Newstead, Vic

 

Cruising the Kamarooka Forest

Kamarooka Forest is part of the Greater Bendigo National Park. It is north of Bendigo and contains a variety of habitats and plenty of interesting sites for finding birds and animals.  I recently spent a day exploring Kamarooka with a birding mate, John. I clocked up a new Vic lifer (312) as well – White Fronted Honeyeater. Along the way we found plenty of small birds and one that I have only seen a few times before – a White Bellied Cuckoo Shrike. One of our favourites was a Weebill, Australia’s smallest bird. We also tracked a bird call that neither of us had heard before and it turned out to be a Restless Flycatcher making a very unusual call – certainly one we had not heard before.

Golden Whistler

Golden Whistler

Female Golden Whistler

Female Golden Whistler

Weebill

Weebill – Austrralia’s smallest bird

White Bellied Cuckoo Shrike

White Bellied Cuckoo Shrike

White Bellied Cuckoo Shrike

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Restless Flycatcher

Restless Flycatcher making a very unusual and loud call.