2010 NSW Twitchathon

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Subject: 2010 NSW Twitchathon
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 15:43:13 -0700 (PDT)
Hi everyone,

Below is a wrap-up of the NSW Twitchathon held on the weekend just gone. This 
was provided by Alan Morris.

The Menacing Monarchs scored 237, whilst the Hunter Home Brewers and Dodgy 
Drongo's both scored 219.

Jacqueline Winter will, as always, provide a trip report for the Brewers, who 
again spent the entire 24 hours with a coastal catchment (Hunter of course!). I 
can tell you that we were reasonably happy with 219 in a year where so many 
birds are absent from coastal areas. Once again, we ran a great 21-hour race, 
completely crumbling and dipping on virtually everything we tried for after 
That was pure bad luck and I still reckon a Hunter-run is truly fantastic.

If we want to compete with teams that start at the Macquarie Marshes (such as 
the Monarchs) then we may have to investigate how we can get to a rainforest by 
starting that far west within the confines of the 3-hour rule, and then try it 
on for size! Bit of homework to do...


p.s. - a special mention goes to the Dry-throated Buzzards, who did their 
Twitchathon (around the Lower Hunter) on push-bike. They scored 150 species - a 
great effort! (I've little doubt that last year on the same run they would have 
pushed 180)


TWITCHATHON 2010 - Preliminary Results
Once again a very successful Twitchathon was held in NSW on the weekend of 
October 2010 with 44 teams and 146 participants. The teams had to contend with 
very variable weather, with heavy rain and strong winds in the south and 
south-west of the State and windy but sunny conditions in the north and north 
east! In the coastal  areas there was a dirth of waterbirds with so many having 
moved inland to the flooded river systems to breed, while many freshwater 
migratory waders avoided the coast altogether. Many migrants have also stayed 
inland so that Woodswallows, trillers and some Cuckoos, did not bothe to come 
east this year!   

As I don't have all the birdlists to check over I can only provide prelimary 
results at this stage and these are set out below in the attached table. Not 
the results are in, particularly from the childrens groups, but it does appear 
that the winners again in the Main Race are the Menancing Monarchs with the 
Hunter Home Brewers and the Dodgy Drongos viing for equal second. The team with 
the highest ration of the birds per kms travelled appear to be the Spotless 
Cranks. In the Chapagne race, the winners are once again the Crested 
Shrike-twits, followed by the Wobbly-boot Western Warblers. The team with the 
highest ratio of birds per kms travelled would appear to be the Warbler 
Specklers. Not all the Childrens team results are in but the three 15 year old 
boys that made up the Knight Parrots, appear to be well in front to claim first 
prize! A special mention should be made of the 5 cyclists who make up the 
Dry-throated Buzzards Team, who appear to be set to take out the prize for the 
cyclists or walkers who see more than 100 birds in less than 100 kms. The 
winners of the Dollarbird Prizes for the previous four years Brad Bolt and Liam 
Trice,another two 15 year olds, forsook the Dollarbird competition and joined 
Michael Cheers of the Cheerful Drongos Team, and entered the Main Race  as the 
Zitting Fledgling Drongos, and saw a very creditable 199 species, coming 5th in 
the Main Race! Other new teams like the Wandering Drongos also did very well in 
the Main Race.  

The Lucky Twitchers, Rarest Bird and Biggest Dip prizes are yet to be assessed !
Overall we would appear to have raised about $20,000 which is a great result 
will be shared between the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery 
Project and the Murray Valley Bush Stone-Curlew Captive Release Project. Until 
the money is received it is not possible to know who the individuals are who 
take out the Prizes for raising the most funds. A big thanks to all those 
who took part for the first time, and for those people who have taken part many 
times, and thankyou too to the major sponsors of the prizes and to the 
individual sponsors. A Final Report will be published in the March 2011 issue 
Bird Notes    
Alan Morris    

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