BA Vic 2004 Twitchathon

Subject: BA Vic 2004 Twitchathon
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 09:54:13 +1000 (EST)
G'day Tim,
This is truly wonder filled news that you give out cobber, and something to go with your "Twitch-a-fun" news ...
This years winning team can have a brass name- tag, duly inscribed in the winning team's name, added to one of the local adopted and already in use "ER" nest boxes ... I think it would be nice to see the home of Mr. and Mrs. "ER" renamed .... the lesser spotted hasher dashers home, don't you think? or perhaps the winners would like to come up with a name of their own?
Good luck and best wishes to all who enter this fine and very worthy cause.
Kind Regards,
John A. Gamblin
Pssst Tim, does that mean that this year all entrants have to sing THAT song?
"It was twenty years ago today,"
"I heard a group 'o' birders do say,"
"We've been twitching for oh so long,"
"And we want you to sing our song,"
"So may we introduce to you, our captain for all these years,"
"Sir Gent Rusty's lonely birds club band,"
"Ten fowl-sand crows in Blackburn Lancashire"

Hi birders,

Once again it's time to start thinking about the Birds Australia Victorian annual Twitchathon. Currently there are two events scheduled for this years race, although there is the possibility of a third (see email on 'The Big Sit').

* The 24 hour Race, which starts at 4:00pm Saturday 6 November 2004 and end at 4:00pm Sunday 7 November 2004 at Birds Australia's Head Office at 415 Riversdale Road, East Hawthorn.

* The 8 hour Race, which starts at 8:00am Sunday 7 November and
finishes at 4:00pm Sunday 7 November at Birds Australia's Head Office
at 415 Riversdale Road, East Hawthorn.

First run in 1984 and won with a total of 182 birds by S Bennett, M
Considine, J Davies, R Loyn, C Silveira, the Victorian Twitchathon is
a bird race conducted by Birds Australia each year as a fund raising
event for bird research and conservation. Teams of birders develop a
route through the bush and countryside, recording all bird species seen
or heard. Importantly each team seeks sponsorship on basis of the
number of bird species logged during a fixed 24-hour period.

To give you a feel of race conditions in the Twitchathon some of the
rules for the event include: teams must stay within one Australian state or territory; team members must always be within natural voice contact of each other; species can be added to a team list as seen or heard, but each addition must be verified by a majority of team members; tape playback or use of mechanical squeakers to attract birds are not permitted; there should be no assistance from people outside the team during the event is permitted, although a non-birding, non-participating driver is permitted.

Entering is easy! Simply contact me and I will provide you with an entry kit comprising the rules, sponsorship forms and tick list. I can be contacted by phone on (03) 9489 3830 or by email at
You can also download the entry forms from the web site of Birds Australia Victoria at
and follow the links. So if you are new to birding or a keen twitcher this is a good way to support bird conservation while having a great time.

Tim Dolby
Convenor Birds Australia Victoria
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