ACT Birders’ Totals

 

A site at which birders who have observed 150 or more wild bird species in the Australian Capital Territory may have their totals listed.

Why 150 species? Because the ACT list contains 292 species, and 150 is just over half that number.

Observer’s name ACT life list 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
No. of species Most
recent
addition
No. of species No. of species No. of species No. of species No. of species No. of species No. of species No. of species
Peter Milburn 275 Oct 14 220 176 181 175 202 216 231 233
Steve Holliday 260 Nov14 191 195 189
Harvey Perkins 258 Aug 14 161 179 161 142 147 154 193 141
Marnix Zwankhuizen 256 Aug 14
Frank Antram 253 Dec 13 188 108 114 147 183 192 195 112
Ian Fraser 254 2014
Anthony Overs 252 Jun 14
Martyn Moffat 251 Aug 14 186 175 176 158 155 164 158 162
Sue Lashko 246 Jan 14 171 144 57 131
Yarden Oren 244 Dec 13
Martin Butterfield 244 Oct 14 169 155 166 126 102 111 138 140
David McDonald 243 Oct 14
Noel Luff 241 Nov 14
Paul Taylor 236 Jan 12 175 130
Damien Farine 232 Apr 14 196
David Landon 232 Nov 14
Benj Whitworth 226 Oct 07
Mat Gilfedder 225 Mar 13
Maurits Zwankhuizen 224 Jan 15
Rosemary Bell 223 Feb 09
Andrew Cockburn 223 Jan 08
Michael Wright 223 Oct 07
Philip Veerman 223
Jeannie Gray 220 Nov 14
Brendan Sheean 209 Dec 12
Hazel &
Allan Wright
209 Jan 07
John Leonard 206 Nov 11
Ian McMahon 203 Mar 05
Cath Gilfedder 201 Feb 10
Phil Hansbro 199 May 05
David Rosalky 197 Jun 04
Matthew Frawley 193 Oct 10 173
Julie McGuiness 193 Sep 05
Rhonda & Lindsay Hansch 192 Apr 13
Phyl Goddard 192 Apr 03
Pete Cowper 186 Oct 06
Jochen Brocks 181 Nov 07
Scott Gilmore 180 Oct 04
Bruce Ramsay 152 Apt 09 106 104

 

Records and challenges

Alastair Smith set himself the challenge of observing 200 wild bird species in the ACT in one year, a target not previously known to have been attained.

Between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2006 he actually observed 208 species in the ACT.

This provided the benchmark for others embarking upon an ACT Big Year. The details are in Smith, A. 2008, ‘A record of the first Big Year for the Australian Capital Territory’, Canberra Bird Notes, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 125-35.

Peter Milburn took on the challenge for 2007. On 30 August he reached the 200 mark and on 4 October passed Alastair’s 208 for the 2006 year. Milburn’s 2007 ACT total was 220 species, a fantastic achievement.

In 2013 Milburn reached the coveted 200 mark as early as 3 May. His total for the year was 231 species. This pattern continued into 2014 when he attained a total of 233.

With the widespread adoption of  Eremaea eBird as the preferred tool for maintaining and sharing bird observers’ lists, few observers are now providing data for inclusion on this page. As a consequence it will not be updated past 2014, unless circumstances change.

Eremaea eBird curently shows 272 of the 292 species on the ACT checklist.

You can view the current ‘Top 100 eBirders in the ACT’ here.

Rules

Here are a few simple rules covering the inclusion of your total so as to obtain consistency between the totals listed:

1. All species counted should be seen alive and in the wild within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Please note that the Jervis Bay Territory is not part of the ACT.

2. Taxonomy should follow BirdLife Australia’s current Working List of Australian Birds.

3. Submissions should be honest, accurate and dated.

To have your total added to the list on this page, please email David McDonald.

Related lists

The national list, maintained by Tony Palliser (upon which this list is based, with Tony’s agreement) is here.

An annotated ACT checklist, produced by the Canberra Ornithologists Group, is here.

Page updated 07 March 2015

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