birding-aus RE: twitchathon

To: "'David James'" <>
Subject: birding-aus RE: twitchathon
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 11:33:12 +1100

-----Original Message-----
From:   David James [SMTP:
Sent:   Wednesday, November 03, 1999 11:26 AM
To:     Susan Myers
Subject:        twitchathon

>It seems that very few teams ran in this years twitchathon, perhaps the
>lowest turnout ever. apparently only 2 teams ran in Qld. Vic had a few
>teams, but maybe less than usual? (can anyone tell me how many). Were there
>any contenders from other states? 

>Are there any stats on winning figures for different areas over the years.
>Does anyone know what the national record is? Would it be 248 from
>Cairns/Atherton area last year?

There were only five teams in Vic this year, in contrast to nine last year. 
Last year our team won with 180 species, this year with 205. The record is 224 
by Peter Menkhorst's team, not sure what year. Must have been a bumper year 
similar to this year in VIC maybe with better weather (or greater skill)! It's 
a shame re the lack of interest as it's a great event and in some countries 
their bird races are world famous. So far I've only heard of teams in QLD and 
VIC, not a peep from NSW or other states. It's a sorry thing...

Susan Myers

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