NSW & ACT Twitchathon 2006 - Preliminary results

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Subject: NSW & ACT Twitchathon 2006 - Preliminary results
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:48:46 +1100


The NSW & ACT Twitchathon 2006 would appear to have been the most successful
twitch organised since Birds Australia Southern NSW & ACT Regional Group
(now BASNA) began organising them in 1994. This year 129 participants in 10
Main Race Teams, 18 Champagne Teams and 11 Childrens Teams (Dollarbirds and
Little Curlews) took part. At this stage all the results are not in for the
children’s team events but in the interest of the majority of people
scattered across the state in the various Bird Clubs who took part in the
Main Race & Champagne Events, it is considered reasonable to advise those
participants, who are the winning teams. Details of the results of the
preliminary results for the children’s competition will be published when
they are to hand. Obviously the Co-ordinator will have to review the various
species lists of each of the teams before officially declaring the results,
but in the meantime the provisional results are as follows:


This year the top team scored 233 species, five more species than has been
previously reported, as last year 229 was the top score.

First Prize:      233      Hunter Home Brewers (Mick & Steve Roderick, Craig
Anderson & Lucas Grenadier).  Hunter BOC

Second Prize:  228      Whacked-out Woodswallows (David Geering, Carol
Probets, Clive Meadows). Dubbo/Blue Mountains

Third Prize:     214      Dodgy Drongos (Grant Brosie, Nick Livanos, Michael
Kearns & Robert Macdonald).  Hunter BOC

202                              Hunter Thickheads (Hunter BOC)

190                              Central Coast Champions (BNSW Central Coast

189                              Canberra’s Crazy Capital Chooks (Canberra

188                              Black-necked Stalkers  (Clarence Valley

183                              Cheerful Drongos (Sawtell)

175                              Grey Toilet Thrushes (Cumberland BOC)

154                              Eastern Whiplashes (Laurieton)


First Prize:      167      Lessticum Phoradae (Liz Huxtable, Rachael
Russell, Sue Tiley and Liz Livanos). Hunter BOC

Second Prize:  156      Crested Shrike-twits (Jim Smart, Lorna Mee, Paul
Baird). Hunter BOC

Third Prize:     145      Two teams viz Jizz Birding (Margaret Pointer, Kaye
Pointer, Carole Carpenter, John Carpenter) BNSW CCG & The Old Birds (Jenny
Powers, Di Johnson, Jenny Helman, Chris Eastham, Dave Eastham) Hunter BOC.

137                              Lucky Bustards (Canberra OG)

133                              Happy Wanderers (Murrumbidgee Nats)

133                              Out For a Lark (Murrumbidgee Nats)

125                              Spineless Spinebills (Far South Coast

117                              Warbler Specklers Less One (Cumberland BOC)

113                              Babbling Grey-crowns (Murrumbidgee Nats)

113                              Stoned Terns (Canberra OG)

112                              The Collective (Canberra OG)

104                              Spangled Drongos (Murrumbidgee Nats)

103                              Liar Birders (Sydney)

96                               Red-faced Parrots (Birds Australia -

80                               Wooden Spoonbills (Birds Australia -

80                               Northern Twitchers (Canberra OG)

70                               Matheson Mopokes (Glen Innes)

56                               Counting Crows (Sawtell)

Congratulations to the four Murrumbidgee Naturalist Teams who entered the
competition for the first time and have started the long climb to overturn
the dominance of the Hunter BOC in the competition. It was great to see the
increased number of bird groups who  supported the Twitchathon in 2006.

Congratulations too to all the people who took part and to all those people
who sponsored them. Preliminary advice to the co-ordinator would appear to
be that our target of $14000-15000 as proceeds towards the Australia Bird
Study Association’s Research Fund, will be met!! Great News!!

Many thanks too to our major sponsors who so willingly supported our
Twitchathon in 2006 viz Alison Green Designs, Australian Bird Study
Association, Banrock Station Wines, Birds Australia, Bombah Point Eco
Cottages, Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetland Trust, Follow That Bird Tours, John
McLennan, Sean Dooley, Steiner Binoculars (Mainstay Marine Pty Ltd) &
Undercliff Winery

Alan Morris



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