Hunter Home Brewers Twitchathon tally

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Subject: Hunter Home Brewers Twitchathon tally
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 23:04:58 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,

Just a quick post to let you know how the Hunter Home Brewers fared in the 2006 
Twitchathon - very well!

Our provisional total is 233 species, a new record for the NSW event and the 
highest that I'm aware of for this year at the moment. I'm imagining that Alan 
Morris will be posting a detailed provisional scores message soon.

In summary, we have put our great tally down to a number of factors - the 
foremost being intensive route reconnaisance and hard work on the day (we 
managed about 45 minutes sleep). But another factor is probably the drought, 
with many birds normally found further west being present in the Hunter 
catchment. The drought probably also played a factor in the chief rival's - the 
Whacked Out Woodswallows - not gaining as large a score (but still pretty 
close!), as they start further west than us.

I will post a full summary of our run at a later date, but our strengths were 
probably western woodlands / wetlands, a 'mop-up' of western birds in the 
Hunter and a slightly different tactic for our waders (which apparently let 
many Hunter teams down).

So the cards are on the table for the Vic's now!

Mick Roderick

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