How many birds have you seen in the Hunter Region? Have you seen more than 300 birds? If so, welcome to the Hunter 300 Club! We’d love to have your tally of species posted on this page and you’re now also eligible for a special badge (see below). For those who have made it to the next milestones, there’s also the Hunter 350 Club and a 400 Club. Very soon there will be a 425 Club as well!
Below is a table showing the top Hunter listers’ tallies. It also includes the most recently added birds to people’s lists and their predictions for the next species to be added to the Hunter Region checklist – all just for fun of course. But note that if you have surpassed the esteemed 400 mark we’ll need to review your list before we post it here (even though the 300 Club is purely for fun please don’t be offended if a records officers seeks to verify species you may have claimed for your list).
To post your Hunter bird list tally, your next new species prediction (optional) or to enquire about the reviewing process of lists email the Club’s records officers here.
Hunter Birders Totals
|NAME||TOTAL||LAST UPDATED||MOST RECENT ADDITION||NEXT NEW HUNTER SPECIES PREDICTION|
|Ann Lindsey||422||Mar 2019||Pied Honeyeater, Grey Currawong, Little Stint||Mangrove Honeyeater|
|Mick Roderick||422||Jun 2019||SIPO, South Polar Skua, Little Bittern||Westland Petrel|
|Michael Kearns||420||Jun 2019||SIPO, South Polar Skua, Pied Honeyeater||Herald Petrel|
|Allan Richardson||414||Mar 2019||Tahiti Petrel, Pied Honeyeater, Brown Booby||South Polar Skua|
|Dan Williams||414||Jun 2019||SIPO, Kelp Gull, South Polar Skua||Southern Royal Albatross|
|Steve Roderick||412||Jun 2019||SIPO, South Polar Skua, Pied Honeyeater||Grey-backed Storm-petrel|
|Alan Stuart||411||Jun 2019||SIPO, Pied Honeyeater, Grey Currawong||New Caledonian Storm-petrel|
|Dick Jenkin||393||Mar 2019||Pectoral Sandpiper, White-tailed Tropicbird, Cook’s Petrel||Stejneger’s Petrel|
|Ian Benson||390||Jun 2019||SIPO, Australian Logrunner, Pale-yellow Robin||Australian Ringneck|
|Graeme O’Connor||385||Jun 2019||SIPO, Aleutian Tern, Common Gull-billed Tern||White-throated Honeyeater|
|Craig Anderson||384||Mar 2019||White-necked Petrel, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove||Stilt Sandpiper|
|Nick Livanos||380||Mar 2019||Aleutian Tern, Crimson Chat, Common Gull-billed Tern|
|Grant Brosie||374||Jun 2019||SIPO, Diamond Dove, Brown Booby||White-fronted Honeyeater|
|Bruce Watts||374||Jun 2019||SIPO, Emerald Dove, Kelp Gull||Blue Bonnet|
|Jeff Jones||356||Jun 2019||SIPO, Diamond Dove, White-necked Petrel|
|Lorna Mee||356||Mar 2019||Collared Kingfisher|
|Rob McDonell||339||Mar 2019||Black Honeyeater|
|Alex Berryman||337||Mar 2019||Polynesian Storm-petrel|
|Dave Stuart||332||Mar 2019||Powerful Owl, Diamond Dove, Little Friarbird||Black-faced Woodswallow|
|Greg Newling||330||Mar 2019||Forest Raven||Blue Bonnet|
|Tom Clarke||315||Mar 2019||Budgerigar||Mangrove Honeyeater|
|Trevor Williams||312||Oct 2018||Black-eared Cuckoo, Black Honeyeater, Red-backed Kingfisher|
|Margaret Clarke||310||Mar 2019|
|Krishna Nagarajan||302||Mar 2019||Brown Booby, Red-winged Parrot||Yellow-plumed Honeyeater|
|Others’ predictions for next new species|
|Liam Murphy||South Polar Skua|
|Shaun McKay||Pied Heron|
|Dick Cooper||South Polar Skua|
|Peter Struik||Semipalmated Plover|
|Simon Gorta||Collared Petrel|
|Josh Bergmark||Magenta Petrel|
How to obtain a badge? Simply let the records officers know what your total is, noting that to receive a 400 Club badge we will need to ensure your list has been vetted. Your badge will be presented to you at the next HBOC meeting or outing that you attend. You do not have to be a member of HBOC to apply for a badge. To make it easier for you to work out your total, you can download a generic checklist and personalise it; see below.
Here are our existing badges:
And here is our ‘425 Club’ badge – it’s a work in progress!
Hunter Region checklist (Excel spreadsheet):
As an Affiliate of BirdLife Australia, HBOC uses BirdLife’s V1.2 Working List as the basis for the taxonomy of our Hunter Region checklist. This differs from the IOC checklist in use by many Australian birders (though within the Hunter the two taxonomies are almost identical). What should you count on your list? There are a few basic rules:
- You must have seen the bird in the Hunter Region at least once (birds that only have been heard cannot be counted). So far, more than 450 species have been recorded in the Hunter Region.
- The Hunter Region is the area defined in HBOC’s Hunter Region Annual Bird Reports (see “Hunter Region“).
- Species not listed in the Bird Reports cannot be included, nor can species classified as Escapees.
- For rare birds (those listed as Category 3 in the Bird Reports) we encourage you to ensure that the HBOC Records Appraisal Committee has accepted the record. However, that’s not compulsory for receiving a 300 Club or 350 Club badge and all you have to do is submit your total to us.