Good luck to all the NSW Twitchathon teams

To: Tim Dolby <>, Tim Hosking <>,
Subject: Good luck to all the NSW Twitchathon teams
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 02:25:27 -0700 (PDT)
G'day Tim(s),

Another year, another Twitchathon hey. Indeed, good luck to all on the birding 
front and here's to some productive fundraising drives. 

We have had a bit more success with our media efforts here in the Hunter (where 
"Twitchathon" is a household word these days), with ABC local radio inviting me 
to do a pre-twitch interview, as well as a post-twitch wrap-up on Tuesday - 
they initially asked me to do Monday morning...are they serious!?!? A cake 
drive or two at the office never goes astray either. 

2/3 of the Hunter Home Brewers sought 'good oil' today (we're one man down this 
year after one team member embarked on an 'emergency surfing trip' to SE Asia). 
Things are looking pretty good in the Hunter. 

So good in fact, that we have decided to be true to our name (all of it this 
time!) and stick to the local patch. Our aim is to be the first team ever to 
notch up 220 species all within the catchment of a single major river (no 
prizes for guessing which river). To do so we will need to nail all of those 
typically western birds that have spilt over the big hill this year (eg Native 
Hens, Masked Woodswallows, Black Honeyeater etc) whilst picking up the vast 
majority of the regular migrants and residents. I guess that's the idea!

We'll see how we go.

Mick Brewer

From: Tim Dolby <>
To: Tim Hosking <>; 
Sent: Thu, 29 October, 2009 1:43:14 PM
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Good luck to all the NSW Twitchathon teams

Yes, likewise, good luck with the NSW Twitchathon. 

In Victoria we race next weekend (7/8 November), although due to family 
circumstances we have at least one team racing this weekend (good luck). It 
also seems that in terms of participation we'll have our most successful race 
ever, with at least 10 teams (maybe more) participating in the 24hr race. All 
good for raising sponsorship for ornithological conservation and research.

Bird-wise it should be a really interesting year, with so many fascinating 
species turning up in coastal areas. In Victoria for example we've had birds 
such as Scarlet Honeyeater, White-throated Gerygone, Black-eared Cuckoo, 
Red-backed Kingfisher and Rufous Songlark turning up in areas they've never 
before been recorded. 


Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
From:  on behalf of Tim Hosking
Sent: Thu 10/29/2009 1:13 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Good luck to all the NSW Twitchathon teams 

Hi All,

Just wishing all the birding-luck to those participating in the NSW Twitchathon 
this weekend.

While my team is strictly a 'local' champagne team and therefore not a 
contender for winning many of the awards, we had a great time last year and are 
looking forward to another good run this year.

Unfortunately the local newspaper ignored my requests for coverage, but we'll 
keep working on them...

Tim Hosking, Dubbo 'Wobbly Boot Western Warblers'
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