1998 Twitchathon

To: "'Ozbird Mail'" <>
Subject: 1998 Twitchathon
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 13:36:35 +1000
Hi birders

There's been little if any chat on this year's Twitchathon, so I thought it
timely to rectify that.

My team, the Common Driving-Petrolheads - Lawrie Conole, Grant Baverstock,
Susan Myers and Stuart Dashper, have a patchy record in this event.  Our
history so far includes totals of 158, 159 and 189, but with minimal
preparation this year and lousy conditions in Victoria (too much water, very
windy, ....), we are less confident than usual.

This weekend just past, 3 of us (LC, SD, SM) conducted a reconoitre of some
of our sites from Terrick Terrick National Park (near Echuca) dow to
Whipstick State Park and State Forest near Bendigo - all in central
Victoria.  With so much water around, waterbirds are spread widely and
thinly (grammar!!).  At one formerly magnificent pool at the Bendigo Sewage
Farm, we had a close encounter with a rival team, the Very Serious
Birdwatchers - also on reconoitre, and exchanged pleasantries about how hard
1998 will be.  Snippets of information were carefully exchanged so as not to
give away key sites, etc. - something like happens at the border zone
between the 2 Koreas I imagine.

So with bad weather (thunderstorms, high winds, hail, rain), attached below
are our modest findings of about 120 species from a few sites between
Terrick Terrick and Bendigo, for your interest.  Most of this has been

Looking for a team to sponsor?  Look no further than ours - here are the

Lawrie Conole           
Grant Baverstock        
Stuart Dashper          
Susan Myers             

Cheers, Lawrie

Lawrie Conole
Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
37°46'57"S  144°58'45"E

Tel AH +61 3 9486 4575


17 - 18 OCTOBER 1998.

Lawrie Conole, Stuart Dashper & Susan Myers.

Australasian Grebe
Musk Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Shelduck
Black Swan
Australian Pelican
Great Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Straw-necked Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Little Eagle
Black Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Swamp Harrier
Brown Goshawk
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Silver Gull
Masked Lapwing
Banded Lapwing
Rock Dove
Common Bronzewing
Brush Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Long-billed Corella
Musk Lorikeet
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Spotted Nightjar
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
White- throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Shy Heathwren
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Inland Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
White-throated Gerygone
Western Gerygone
Southern Whiteface
White-eared Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Purple-gaped Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Red Wattlebird
Little Friarbird
Blue-faced Honeyeater
White-fronted Chat
Jacky Winter
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
White-browed Babbler
Crested Bellbird
Gilbert's Whistler
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Restless Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
Olive-backed Oriole
Masked Woodswallow
White- browed Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Grey Currawong
Australian Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Diamond Firetail
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Richard's Pipit
Common Blackbird
Common Starling
Singing Bushlark
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
Little Grassbird
Brown Songlark

118 species

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