BAD birding, a way to bird more often with a special focus

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: BAD birding, a way to bird more often with a special focus
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:05:45 +1100
I'm not sure what "One cannot store birds for future days" means. Does it mean 
that you can't use a bird seen on Monday as the following Friday's bird? Or 
that you can't later select a different bird from Monday's list to use as 
Monday's bird?

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 11 Dec 2013, at 3:08 pm, "Philip Veerman" <> wrote:
> Seems like yet another weird idea for a competition. Not one I would ever
> bother with or be interested in. I can't afford to travel around but that is
> not my main reason. But surely the issue is whether you need to choose which
> is the species you nominate for that day (at the start or end of each day?)
> and if this is now set, or if you can juggle these around later to fit in
> with what happens later, as your examples show. A computer spreadsheet
> should be able to accommodate either method. It appears "one cannot store
> birds for future days when BADing" answers my question. That makes it sound
> like the first alternate is the way it is done and that an arbitrary rule
> (one cannot) has been set by other people (for whatever reason I can't
> imagine), with no reason to apply it to yourself, except to set the object
> of the event as a lottery combined with a rather frivolous competition (like
> a TV show), in which the rules make it hard to see how this data method can
> contribute to adding to bird knowledge.
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Alan
> Gillanders
> Sent: Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:37 AM
> To: Birding
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] BAD birding,a way to bird more often with a special
> focus
> Greetings,
> I bird nearly every day and have done so for some years but this was
> something new for me.
> I have had fun taking up the Bird a Day (BAD) challenge made last year and
> started at the beginning of the year; adding a bird species each day to my
> BAD list. Now with 21 days to finish the year I have only eight sure or near
> sure things left. It is unlikely that I'll make it through the year but it
> has been fun and I would recommend the exercise to others for a year when
> you know you are going to do a fair amount of travelling. Russell Woodford,
> who I think laid down the challenge, scored 191, Stephen Murray 254 and John
> Kooistra 294 birds a day.
> It does get you out birding more often, providing more joys and
> disappointments. For instance, the first two times I went looking for
> Oriental Cuckoo I found it on both occasions but also found less common
> species so did not use the cuckoo as the bird for that day, Black Falcon and
> House Swift. I then saw Black Falcon another 5 or more times during the year
> but when searching for O C, failed to find it. I did find it but chance
> recently. Finding 4 more birds for the home block helped too. Another
> frustration has been seeing two unusual birds on the one day and picking the
> wrong one as to which is more likely to still be there the next day. I have
> not kept a year list but it would exceed 1 000 as I was in North & Central
> America and Europe for two months and called into Hong Kong for three days.
> Three short trips in Australia also added to the birding but one cannot
> store birds for future days when BADing. As I stated before if you want to
> get through the whole year you should count on doing a fain amount of
> travelling but one can set one's own challenge.
> If you want to give it a go next year then go to
> and
> register. One can start at any time of year but it is usual start with the
> new year.
> Good birding and all the best for the festive season to my birding-aus
> friends, Alan
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
> 2 Mather Road
> Yungaburra 4884
> Phone 07 4095 3784
> Mobile 0408 953 786

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