Victorian Twitchathon 2003 - Pigeon Appreciation Society List

Subject: Victorian Twitchathon 2003 - Pigeon Appreciation Society List
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 16:51:20 +1100

A quick report  of our 2003 Twitchathon route:

The 'Pigeon Appreciation Society', consisting of Paul Hackett, Alex Farias, Adam Bridger and myself, entered the 2003 twitchathon for the first time(as a team), and achieved a "grand" total of 127 species.

On our way up on Friday (before the twitchathon), we stopped in at Lake Tyrell, which had a fair coverage of water. Searching the salt marsh, we came across a Rufous Fieldwren and saw about 5 others in the area. Also around were white-winged fairy wrens. A good start to the weekend.

Our twithathon started in Yarrara at 3pm on Saturday, with our first bird (and probably our best) being Crimson Chat. Also seen in the area was Gilberts and Rufous Whistler, Spiny Cheek and White Fronted Honeyeater, Splendid Fairy Wren, Southern Whiteface and Crested Bellbird. Also seen before the twitch started was a female Pied Honeyeater.
After leaving Yarrara on our way to Hattah-Kulkyne NP, we notched up around 45 species along the road, thinking we were easily going to reach our 150 goal. A stop near the Colignan salt marshes produced white-winged fairy wrens, richards pipit, and white fronted chats.  We then headed into Hattah Kulkyne NP, and after a walk up the Norwingi track in overcast and windy conditions, we gave up on our mallee-emuwren and straited grasswren search and headed to the campground. The campground produced Regent Parrot, Yellow Rosella and nesting Apostlebirds.

We saw our only pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoo's on the highway back to Ouyen.

We camped the night at Terrick Terrick, hoping for Southern Booboks, that unfortunately weren't to be heard. Best birds at Terrick Terrick were Olive Backed Oriole, Rufous Songlark and  Hooded Robin.

Our last major stop was the WTP. Highlights here were Black Falcon above T-section Lagoons, 2 Black Tailed Godwits and a group of Marsh Sandpipers at Summer Ponds 1.

Below is our list(127 species):

Australasian Gannet

Australasian Grebe

Australasian Shoveler

Australian Magpie

Australian Pelican

Australian Raven

Australian Shelduck

Australian White Ibis

Australian Wood Duck

Black Falcon

Black Kite

Black Swan

Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike

Black-Shouldered Kite

Black-Tailed Godwit

Black-Winged Stilt

Blue Bonnet

Blue-Billed Duck


Brown Falcon

Brown Thornbill

Brown Treecreeper

Chestnut Teal

Chestnut-Rumped Thornbill

Clamorous Reed-Warbler

Common Blackbird

Common Bronzewing

Common Greenshank

Common Myna

Common Starling

Crested Bellbird

Crested Pigeon

Crested Tern

Crimson Chat

Crimson Rosella

Dusky Moorhen

Eastern Rosella

Eurasian Coot

European Goldfinch

European Greenfinch

Fairy Martin

Fairy Tern


Gilbert's Whistler

Golden-Headed Cisticola

Great Cormorant

Grey Shrike-Thrush

Grey Teal


Hoary-Headed Grebe

Hooded Robin

House Sparrow

Jacky Winter

Laughing Kookaburra

Little Black Cormorant

Little Eagle

Little Grassbird

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Raven

Little Wattlebird

Long-Billed Corella


Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Marsh Sandpiper

Masked Lapwing

Masked Woodswallow

Musk Duck

Nankeen Kestrel

New Holland Honeyeater

Noisy Miner

Olive-Backed Oriole

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Gull

Peaceful Dove

Pied Butcherbird

Pied Cormorant

Pied Oystercatcher

Pink-Eared Duck

Purple Swamphen

Rainbow Bee-Eater

Red Wattlebird

Red-Capped Plover

Red-Kneed Dotterel

Red-Necked Avocet

Red-Necked Stint

Red-Rumped Parrot

Regent Parrot

Richard's Pipit

Rock Dove

Rufous Songlark

Rufous Whistler

Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper

Silver Gull

Singing Honeyeater


Song Thrush

Southern Whiteface

Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater

Splendid Fairy-Wren

Spotted Turtle-Dove

Straw-Necked Ibis

Striated Fieldwren

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Superb Fairy-Wren

Swamp Harrier

Tree Martin

Varied Sittella

Wedge-Tailed Eagle

Welcome Swallow

Whiskered Tern

Whistling Kite

White-Browed Babbler

White-Browed Scrubwren

White-Faced Heron

White-Fronted Chat

White-Fronted Honeyeater

White-Necked Heron

White-Plumed Honeyeater

White-Throated Treecreeper

White-Winged Chough

White-Winged Fairy-Wren

White-Winged Triller

Willie Wagtail

Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

Yellow-Plumed Honeyeater

Yellow-Rumped Thornbill


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