NSW 2006 Twitchathon Final Results

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Subject: NSW 2006 Twitchathon Final Results
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 10:36:10 +1000


The NSW & ACT Twitchathon 2006 was the most successful twitch organised
since Birds Australia Southern NSW & ACT Regional Group (now BASNA) began
organising them in 1994. This year 129 participants in 10 Main Race Teams,
18 Champagne Teams and 11 Childrens Teams (Dollarbirds and Little Curlews)
took part. My final estimate of the money raised as at 10/3/07 is $17500,
which includes $400 cash donations towards some of the prizes. Overall I
estimate that there should be about $16500 available to the Australian Bird
Study Association’s Research Fund. We had hoped to raise $15000 to swell the
existing fund to about $40,000, but instead we did much better! There is no
doubt that on this occasion members of the ABSA were active participants,
both as team members and in sponsoring the teams. The organizers are very
grateful for this extra support.

WINNERS – Main Race

This year the top team scored 233 species, five more species than has been
previously reported, as last year 229 was the top score.

First Prize:      233      Hunter Home Brewers (Mick & Steve Roderick, Craig
Anderson & Lucas Grenadier).  Hunter BOC (Funds raised $1038)

Second Prize:  227      Whacked-out Woodswallows (David Geering, Carol
Probets, Clive Meadows). Dubbo/Blue Mountains ($1883)

Third Prize:     214      Dodgy Drongos (Grant Brosie, Nick Livanos, Michael
Kearns & Robert Macdonald).  Hunter BOC ($440)

Champagne Race

First Prize:      162      Lessticum Phoradae (Liz Huxtable, Rachael
Russell, Sue Tiley and Liz Livanos). Hunter BOC ($304)

Second Prize:  159      Crested Shrike-twits (Jim Smart, Lorna Mee, Paul
Baird). Hunter BOC ($555)

Third Prize:     145      Two teams viz Jizz Birding (Margaret Pointer, Kaye
Pointer, Carole Carpenter, John Carpenter) BNSW CCG ($434)& The Old Birds
(Jenny Powers, Di Johnson, Jenny Helman, Chris Eastham, Dave Eastham) Hunter
BOC. ($300)

This year there were 11 childrens team nominated for the Event. All teams
came from the Sawtell-Repton area on the Far North Coast. Michael Cheers,
Deputy Principal, Sawtell Public School must take full credit for the
support that he gives to encourage the children to take part. Please
encourage children from elsewhere in the State to join us!

Dollarbirds (10-16 years)

122 Southern Cassowaries (Liam Trice & Brad Bolt) &  94 Glossy Blacks
(Samuel Donaldson & Bradon Nort)

Little Curlews

55 Little Curlews (Jarn Sheraldie, Lance Cullen & Blake Barnett), 43 Jail
Birds (Keirin & Angela Lopes).

Lucky Twitchers Prize:  Archie Cameron, Matheson Mopokes.

Rare Bird Prize: Aaron Coutts-Smith, Liar Birders Team (Rose-crowned

Most Funds Raised

First Prize:  Keith Brandwood, Grey Toilet Thrushes $4171

Second Prize: Carol Probets, Whacked Out Woodswallows, $ 1138

Third Prize: Mark Clayton, COG’s Crazy capital Chooks, $935

Congratulations to all our prize winners! The above three prizes will be
presented at the BASNA AGM at Sydney Olympic Park on 24 March 2007.

In December 2006 1 was able to present some of the Prizes at the Hunter Bird
Observers Club Meeting, in the Blue Mountains during January 2007 and in
February, I was present at the Sawtell School Assembly where I presented the
Children’s prizes, and also visited Repton Public School for the same

Many thanks too to our major sponsors who so willingly supported our
Twitchathon in 2006 viz Alison Green Designs, Australian Bird Study
Association, Banrock Station Wines, Birds Australia, Bombah Point Eco
Cottages, Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetland Trust, Follow That Bird Tours, John
McLennan, Sean Dooley, Steiner Binoculars (Mainstay Marine Pty Ltd) &
Undercliff Winery

It is interesting to note the following details for where there are 2 or
more teams in any clubs or Region. Obviously if you can have two or more
teams in your club the competition is much greater and the money raised
greatly increases!

BASNA                       - 2 teams $$961 raised

Birding NSW CCG      - 2 teams $1186

Canberra                      - 4 teams $2980

CBOC                         - 2 teams $4572

Hunter                          - 6 teams $4063

Murrumbidgee F Nats  - 4 teams $594

North Coast Region      - 4 teams $642

2007 Twitchathon

By rotation , the funds raised in the 2007 Twitch will go to a Birds
Australia Project. This year the money will be used to provide educational
displays and equipment for the new Australian Bird Education Centre, BASNA’s
new offices in Sydney Olympic Park. It is expected that there will be a
special ceremony within the near future to open the Centre.. More details

2008 Twitchathon

Please be giving some thought as to a possible local project and how the
money might be used that will benefit the conservation of Australia Birds

Funds raised per Team in addition to the Winning Teams

Black-necked Stalkers ($111)

Central Coast Champions ($752)

Cheerful Drongos ($110)

COGS Crazy Capital Chooks ($1840)

Eastern Whiplashes ($381)

Grey Toilet TYhrushes ($4171)

Hunter Thickheads ($1325)

Babbling Grey-Crowns ($274)

Counting Crows ($20)

Happy Wanderers ($195)

Lucky Bustards ($487)

Matheson’s Mopkes ($220)

Out For a Lark ($150)

Red-faced Parrots ($350)

Spangled Drongos ($75)

Stoned Terns ($200)

The Collective ($512)

Warbled Specklers Less One ($401)

Wooden Spoonbills ($611)

Northern Titchers ($62)

Alan Morris



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