How many species in southern Qld/northern NSW this Winter?

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Subject: How many species in southern Qld/northern NSW this Winter?
From: Michael Atzeni <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 23:53:12 +0800 (WST)
Hi folks

This is my attempt to drum up some awareness, support and cross-pollination 
between our local club forum and Birding-Aus.  In the process, hopefully we'll 
all have a fair idea of how many species a serious birding effort this Winter 
in southern Qld/northern NSW could have yielded.  

Firstly, for those not aware, Toowoomba Bird Observers runs a local forum, 
which amongst other things, serves as a comprehensive birdline for the 
Toowoomba region.  Apart from our local survey area, we have also been 
recording seasonal records within 250 km of Toowoomba.  A 250km radius was 
chosen because it A) equates roughly to a day's return trip for a birder based 
in Toowoomba, B) encompassed most of our membership, and C) took in coastal and 
pelagic species. 

The way it works is we use the first record of each species for the progress 
report. Generally speaking, the further into the season, the more interesting 
the species being reported, the regular ones having already been reported, 
though not always!  So far this season we've picked up 230-odd species 
including a pair of Red Goshawks, seen by Rod Hobson at Haigslea early in the 
season (see link below if you missed it): 

With most of our contributors based locally, we inevitably reach the stage each 
season where we hit a brick wall and could use a hand from the wider birding 
community to fill in the gaps, so let's do that for a change.  Here's the 
target list showing progress so far this Winter:

Please feel free to chip in, providing the date and location, and you can 
continue to check progress at the above link.

For a map of the survey area boundary, please contact me, but basically if 
you're anywhere between Ballina NSW and Inskip Point QLD, and no further west 
than Miles, Westmar or Goondiwindi you're in! 

You can post sightings via birding-aus (preferable for the sake of this 
exercise), to me privately, or via the TBO forum (after registering; email me 
for a link to register please).  

Feel free to browse the reports for previous seasons, as well as the annual 
progress lists, i.e. our 
Annual Challenges. Use the Search facility for specific species, locations, 

Please report any problems and grateful for any feedback and suggestions.


Mick Atzeni
TBO Forum administrator 

0458 9489 55

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