"Great Tassie Twitch"
The Great Tassie Twitch has been run and run for 2006/7. After
thinking 5 teams registering would be a good result, we ended up with
13 teams(!), and 43 participants. Around 135 species were spotted all
up, with teams choosing their own 24-hr period between Jan 8 and Jan
21. After Don Knowler (writes a birds column for the local paper)
arranging some coverage through the 'Mercury', and then subsequently
ABC radio picking it up, we had enquiries from as far afield as Burnie,
Scottsdale, St Helens and Swansea, though the teams that actually
registered came from Grove, Ellendale, Westerway, Lauderdale and Hobart.
The overall event was won by the team "Rate of Knots" (Lachie Clark,
Mike Bysouth, Andrew Meyles and Cynthia Sleight Meyles), with 103
species. Second was the team "The Coot and More Hens", with 74, "The
Mangling Magpies Muggers Monstersions", with 61, and then in order,
"The Jennie-wrens", "The Couch-grass Graziers", "The Pied Finches",
"The Northside Tattlers", "The Warriga Warblers" and "The Blue-wrens".
The organizers' team, "The White-fronted Chat-terboxes" came in with a
creditable 100 species, but had to be disqualified, due to a speeding
Don and Sue Knowler won the "Armchair Twitchers", with 28 species from
their home. The most Raptors were seen by "The Two Charlies", with 5
seen on Bruny Island. "Multicultural Tasmania" (most migratory waders)
went to "Rate of Knots", with 4 species, and "Save Ralph's Bay Award"
to "The Pied Finches", with 12 species seen in and around Ralph's Bay.
Other 'awards' (really only certificates!) were presented, too, at a
follow-up BBQ on the Holiday Monday in Feb.
Around $250 to date has been raised for the "Save Ralph's Bay" cause,
but most importantly, participants had LOTS of fun. We plan to run our
next attempt a little earlier in 'the season' (Late Spring?).
John & Shirley Tongue
Organizers of "The Great Tassie Twitch"
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