Preliminary Results for NSW & ACT 2005 Twitchathon

To: alan morris <>,
Subject: Preliminary Results for NSW & ACT 2005 Twitchathon
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 13:30:59 +1100 (EST)
Alan, Twitchathon participants and other birders,
Firstly, congrats to the WOW team for accumulating a grand total (229) that shattered a confident Brewing outfit, who with 227 at 4pm, were already getting the engraver out for inscription on the trophy. Alas, pipped again! But the way I look at it, looking at the past two years totals - HHB (220+227) & WOW (218+229)'s 447 each! Looks good for a ripper showdown in 2006 (along with any other teams willing to virtually go without sleep and raise the bar even higher).
But I simply cannot help myself but to refute Alan's weather comment - please don't get me wrong Alan, I'm sure you had terrible weather! But the weather in the Hunter was nothing short of abominable. We too had the thunder storms on Sundee morning, with rain continuing for most of the day. Indeed, the only breaks in the rain for us were between approximately midday to 3pm, after which it opened up again (HHB spent the last 5 minutes standing like ducks in pouring rain waiting for an Azure Kf to fly past!). The breaking of record scores has nothing to do with weather (as previous years have been within far superior weather conditions for less species) but more to do with a fierce rivalry that has driven the wheels of competition to new extremes!!

A hearty mix of knowing where to get maximum species yield, a willingness to cover long distances, a commitment to working hard for every possible bird, good oil and dash of good luck have accounted for these scores...not good weather!
The HHB also found sponsors that have donated $100 + $1 per bird, so again hopefully Gluepot will be the real winner at the end of the day.
Mick Roderick

alan morris <> wrote:

Hi Birders,

Set out below are the preliminary results as rung through to me late
yesterday afternoon.

The results will become official when the organiserI has receive the list of
species from each team together with nominated "rarest bird".

Congratulations on the provisional winning teams! It is obvious that the
Hunter and North Coast teams had better weather conditions than the Central
Coast, Sydney, Wolllongong, Far South Coast and Canberra Teams, all who
suffered from thunderstorms on Sunday morning together with heavy rain,
wind, fog and mist, and the Central Coast Teams had another period of heavy
rain from 3-4 pm making birding nigh impossible.

However that is the way these things go and good on the Hunter Teams for
doing so well and breaking new records! Both the Whacked-out Woodswallows
and the Hunter Home Brewers exceed the previous record of 221! However as we
know, the whole purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Gluepot
Reserve Education Unit, so a big thanks to all the teams who took and for
you efforts for this fund raising event.

Some interesting birds were seen including Australian Bitterns & Little
Bittens (Hunter Home Brewers), nesting Regent Honeyeaters (Hunter
Thickheads), Rufous Scrub-birds heard calling (Black-necked Stalkers), Black
& Painted Honeyeaters (Wacked-ouit Woodswallows), Painted Honeyeaters &
nesting Square-tailed Kites (Central Coast Champions), Buller's Alabtross
(Pelagic Pukers), nesting Brown Falcon (Lessticum Phoradae) & nesting
Turquoise Parrot (Dodgy Drongos).

So far I have only heard from 2 of the 6 childrens team but the Elegant
Eagles (Dollarbirds 10-16 y.o). saw 127 species while the Logrunners (Little
Curlews 10 & under) saw 88 birds - which are just great results.

Many thanks to those people who have sponsored the Twitchathon Teams, your
funds will be well used at Gluepot.

Congratulation to Michael Cheers who does such a good job in organising the
childrens teams from the Sawtell-Coffs Harbour & Repton Schools. Not only
did his own team score 166 in the main race , but Michael himself became the
father of a new baby boy, Alexander, only 2 days before the Twicthathon!! We
are assured that mother and baby are doing fine! Not sure about Dad!


Main Race

Whacked-out Woodswallows 229
Hunter Home Brewers 227
Black-necked Stalkers 201
Hunter Thickhead 201
Dodgy Drongos 196
Central Coast Champions 185
Cheerful Drongos 166
Once Bittern 159
Grey Toilet Thrushes 157
CODS 120
Speckled Dawdlers 117

Champagne Race

Lessticum Phoradae 147
Trio Twitchers 134
Larus Circus 128
Warbler Specklers 127
Spineless Spinebills 114
Steamed Chats 112
Mickey Mouse Birders 108
Red-faced Parrots 94
Pelagic Pukers 81
Matheson Mopokes 79
Wooden Spoonbills 79
Mad M,agpies 61


Elegant Eagles 127
Willy Wagtails ?
Regent Bowerbirds ?

Little Curlews

Logrunners 88
Golden Whistlers ?
Birdos ?

Alan Morris
Twitchathon Organiser

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