The Biggest Twitch

To: "L&L Knight" <>
Subject: The Biggest Twitch
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 07:19:36 +1100
Certainly an impressive attempt! Most taxonomies have the number of species
just under the 10,000 mark so as a %age it is slightly lower than your
estimate Laurie. Guess they will collect a lot of frequent flyer points?
(and probably fly on some pretty dubious airlines as well!)

On 01/01/2008, L&L Knight <> wrote:
> The challenge would seem to be a case of moving on so that you see an
> average of 11 new birds per day.  It's a similar challenge to
> rogaining where you are trying to choose a route that will maximise
> the number of points you can collect within the allocated time.
> It is very much a case of collecting the "low hanging fruit" so that
> you can whip through an area and catch the readily seeable birds.
> From memory, I think that there are 9000 species of birds in the
> world, so 4000 birds would be ~ 45% of the total .  In Australia's
> case, 45% is about 330 species [need to exclude OS migratory birds to
> eliminate double-counting], which an organised twitcher could probably
> get in a couple of weeks.  Other parts of the world may be harder
> work, so perhaps the twitchers could try to rack up 450 in Australia
> in a month to generate a bit of slack.
> Ultimately, it is a case of $$$ as well as stamina, birding expertise
> and intelligent decision-making [based on the acquisition of many
> "where to find the birds of _______" books].
> Regards, Laurie.
> On 01/01/2008, at 9:29 PM, Rosemary Royle wrote:
> > Hi Birding Aussers,
> >
> > You may be interested to know that two birders from Wales - Alan
> > Davies and Ruth Miller - have just started an attempt to see the
> > most birds in a year. The current record is 3662 and their project
> > is called, not surprisingly, "The Biggest Twitch".
> >
> > They have a good website and their progress will be logged on a
> > regular basis. See
> >
> >
> > Happy New Year
> >
> > Rosemary Royle
> > Wales, UK
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