Re: Victorian Twitchathon - first boasts (NSW hits back!)

Subject: Re: Victorian Twitchathon - first boasts (NSW hits back!)
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 08:16:54 +1000

Winners of the NSW Twitchathon, with a new PB and NSW record score (set by the Whacked-out Woodswallows in 2001), was the Whacked-out Woodswallows with 221 (or was that 222?) species!  Team consisted of David Geering, Mick Todd and Carol Probets

Carol Probets will provide a full report shortly.  Very briefly, the highlights (for me) were Little Bittern, Bush Stone-curlew, Barking Owls, Painted Honeyeater, Baillons Crake, Brolga, Black-tailed Native-hen, Diamond Dove, Crested Bellbird, 5 species of Woodswallow, Paradise Riflebird.

221 is a scary tally but there were quite a few birds that only one member of our team saw so didn't make it onto the list - Blue-faced Honeyeater, Australasian Grebe, Barn Owl, Logrunner, possibly Mulga Parrot.  Then there were the birds we had before the start but not during the twitchathon - Brown Songlark (2 minutes before the start!!), Crimson Chat, Southern White-face, Horsfield Bronze-cuckoo, Southern White-face, Hooded Robin, Spotted Bowerbird.  These birds were at locations we stopped at during the race itself!  Add to that the birds we normally see but didn't - Wompoo Fruit-dove, Emerald Dove, Pipit, Restless Flycatcher and the final tally could have been even scarier.

As I say, full report from Carol later.


David Geering
Head Woodswallow

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