Hunter Big Year 2010

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Subject: Hunter Big Year 2010
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:43:04 -0800 (PST)
Hi everyone,

Following on from the various "big years" that have been taking place and most 
recently, Tim Dolby's VicTwitch, I have resolved to attempt a similar feat on 
an albeit more localised scale.

This year was the first time I had taken notice of how many birds I had seen in 
the Hunter Region (NSW) within a calendar year. This total currently stands at 
302 (plus 6 more "heard only") and so I thought to myself, "what might be 

After sitting down with fellow Hunter birdo, Dan Williams (who has decided to 
do the big year with me), we figured that 310 would be "very do-able", that 320 
would be "possible" and that 330 would be a "difficult challenge".

So we rounded it off at 333!

It would be fantastic if we could equal the previous record for Victoria 
(335)...or even beat the new record (what is it now Tim..any advances on 340?), 
but that might be pushing the envelope a little!! The list for the Hunter 
Region currently stands at 428 species and 344 species were confirmed to be 
within the region in 2008. For a definition of the Hunter Region (which is the 
area of interest for the Hunter Bird Observers Club) see:

At this stage it's only proposed as a "just for fun" idea as neither of us have 
had time to consider fundraising possibilities. Dan and I will be keeping 
seperate lists but will be birding together as much as possible, so we'll 
hopefully there won't be too many differences between us!

Here's to a great New Year's resolution.


Mick Roderick

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