NSW Twitchathon (Very) Preliminary Results

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Subject: NSW Twitchathon (Very) Preliminary Results
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:48:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Alan Morris (NSW Twitchathon co-ordinator) no longer posts to Birding-aus, so I 
have copied below the 'very preliminary results' from the NSW Twitchathon on 
the weekend below.

Our score of 252 was a new record and came about by combining the NSW mallee 
(on Saturday) with the Hunter Valley (on Sunday). Our compulsory break was made 
a long way from rainforest and the dawn chorus was happening while we were in 
the car! Still, we managed to peg back most of the rainforest birds and are 
very happy with the 252 total in our 15th consecutive Twitchathon (even 
allowing for the ridiculous dips....they're always the birds you recall the 

At some stage I'm sure Jacqueline Winter will pen a trip report. The 
Dry-throated Buzzards, who do their Twitchathons entirely on pushbike, managed 
180 spp. They have posted a trip report already to our local Hunterbirding chat 
group and I can forward it to anyone who is interested (it is a great read I 
can tell you!). 

In the meantime, here are some very rapid stats of ours that I have at hand...

Total score = 252
Score arriving at camp = 127 
Time reached 200 = 0930 Sunday (Varied Sitella)
Time reached 240 = 1249 Sunday (Whimbrel)
Score when Silver Gull added = 224 
# Honeyeaters = 30
# Threatened species = 23 (actually down on previous years)
# Raptors = 13 (2 down on our best)


Mick Roderick (Hunter Home Brewers and Hunter Twitchathon co-ordinator)

The NSW &
ACT Twitchathon 2013 was down on numbers of previous years. This was because a
number of team leaders have moved, were having had medical operations or family
commitments and could not attend, and there was the bushfires. In the Greater
Sydney Region all the National Parks and Nature Reserves were still closed so
that access to favourite birding sites was just not available. Birdwatchers in
the Blue Mountains were particularly affected. So this year only 37 teams and 
participants in 15 Main Race Teams, 18 Champagne Teams and 5 Children’s Teams
(Dollarbirds and Little Curlews) took part. But what we lost in numbers we have
made up in good money raisers! It is estimated by the participants that over 
has been raised in sponsorship (note that in 2010 we estimated $22,000 and
actually raised $25,000 so I am hoping it is like that this and we actually
reach our target of $30,000). Note that
not all the results are to hand so don’t take this as gospel yet! I will be
busy following though on the details and verifying the claims over the next few
days. Next week I will publish the “Preliminary Result”. No Childrens’ Teams
details are available as yet.
This year the probable top team, the Hunter Home
Brewers, seen & heard 252 species,two more
than the previous record of 250 (The Menacing
Monarchs). If the details are confirmed, the Hunter Home Brewers will have now 
won the Main Race again after
being second to the Menancing Monarchs for the past three years. The Brewers
count of 252 is a New Record for the Twitch! Congratulations to Mick, Steve,
Craig & Lucas!!! Congratulations too, to the Black-necked Stalkers who have 
finally made it into the top three
252                  Hunter
Home Brewers (Steve & Mick Roderick, Craig Anderson, Lucas Grenadier)
224                  Menacing Monarchs (R.
McDonald, M. Kearns & A. Rudder HBOC).       
221                  Black-necked Stalkers (Greg
Clancy,R. Jago & G.Eggins Clarence Valley)
218                  Dodgy Drongos (Grant
Brosie, Nick Livanos, Robert Kilkelly HBOC)       
205                  C.C. Champion Choughs (Alan
Morris, M.Kuhl, Nick Carson CCG)
191                  The Plains Wanderers (Rob
Hynson,A. Stewart, A. Holmes, D.Langley.S)
190                  Blind Babblers (Brendon
Sheeon,S,Ryan,B Walmesly, D.Ginty W’gong)
190                  Gang-Gang Gang (Steve Edwards,
L.Johnson, M.Filipczyk et al W’gong)*
189                  Varied
Wrenegades (Janeen Grieg, Liz & Chris Herbert HBOC)
184                  The Lousy Jacks (Paul Burcher,
S. Bloomfield & D.Engel. Sydney)
180                  Dry Throated Buzzards (Dan
Williams, D. Lyons, C.Bagnall HBOC)
178                  Weebill Rock-yous (Steven Cox,
Rebecca Vere. HBOC)
156                  Cheerful Drongos (Kevin Cheers,
L.Trice, B.Bolt & T.Lawer Sawtell)
156                  Gong Gangs (Martin Potter, Paul
Nesbitt, Carla Jackett  W’gong)
109                  The Dubbo Dippers (Craig Arms
& Simone Pye, Dubbo)
162                  Night Poirots (Peter West,
S.Proust, L.Earnshaw C.Meadows PtMac)
147                  Which-is-it? (Margaret &
Kaye Pointer, Michael Breheny CCG)
143                  Highland Harriers (Ian Kerr,
Ted Giblin, Dwaine Laxdal Pt Macquarie) *
137                  Not One Wrong Tern (Tiffany
& M. Mason, R.Porter et al Bathurst)
137                  Cowra Woodland Bird Brainers
(Warren Chad, N.Courtance, et al Cowra)
135                  Champagne Shrike-tits (Eliz.
& T. Karplus, P.Brook, D.Price BNSW)
133                  Silly Galahs (Max O’Sullivan,
P.Williams, P.Tenison  MFN)
126                  Grumpy Frogmouths (Jack Adams,
A.Taylor, E.McKane et al  HBOC)
119                  Lying Lapwings (Mike Jefferis,
B.Rusk, R.Hale, E. May Ulladulla)*
109                  Noisy Minors/Majors (Michael
Cheers, K.Flavell et al Sawtell) *
106                  Matheson Mopokes (Jo &
Archie Cameron, K. Hindmarsh, Inverell)
105                  Wooden Spoonbills (Margaret
Harmon, B.Rusk et al BA-Sth Coast)
100                  City Chicks (Jo Hanley, P
Norris, K. Hullegie, K.West . Hunter)
93                    Red-faced Parrots (Judy
Harrington, G. Hutchinson, J.Stiles et al  BAS)
73                    The Naggy Magpies (Krishna
& M. Nagarajan, Miranda Moore. Hunter) *
62                    Rocking Warblers (Leanne
& Chris Huxley, Sue Thomson. Blue Mtns)
--                     Three of us (Susan & r.
Woodhouse, G. Hickson Sawtell)
Children’s Teams – Little Curlews (Under 10 years)
--                     The
Young Young-ones (Kate & Elise Richard, Young) *
--                     Sawtell
Kites (Kirra, Anthony & Zachary Moore, Sawtell) *
--                     Sawtell
King Parrots *
Childrens Teams – Dollarbirds (10-16 years)
--                     Field Wrens (Georgina, Luke
& Julie Field, Sawtell) *
--                     Malcolm’s Falcons (Jack,
Kate & Natham Malcolm, Sawtell)
In the next few
days I will be following up with the different teams on the details that I
don’t have, so I can give a preliminary results and later, final results sheet.
If there are any details I have wrong please let me know!
Alan Morris, 
Twitchathon Co-ordinator
Note (*) – New
Teams for 2013 

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