Turquoise Parrot - Brian Fair

President    Bruce Terrill   02 67609894
Secretary    Marianne Terrill    02 67609894                     
Treasurer Jan Hosking  02  67653848
Editor   Eric Fair  02 67697525
Website Coordinator  Annabel Ashworth  02 67617666

Have you renewed your membership?   Was due on July 1st

            FAMILY / HOUSEHOLD                                                          $35.00

            ADULT                                                                                     $30.00

            FAMILY CONCESSION   [pension or distance]                      $25.00

            STUDENT OR PENSIONER                                                   $20.00

                       Twenty Years on
During February 2018 we will be celebrating twenty years since Tamworth Birdwatchers was formed.
Please put "pen to paper" and let Eric know what Tamworth Birdwatchers has meant to you.   He wants to collect memories or any funny anecdotes for inclusion in the newsletter.
We are having a barbecue before the February meeting and hope to see lots of current and past members there.

Photos Wanted
We desperately need photos of TBW's early days for our February Meeting.   We are looking for any showing outings, parties, early members of the group etc.  With your help it will be a time of nostalgia and happy memories.

                  Our challenge for 2018
   200 species for Tamworth's anniversary
2018 will mark 200 years since the explorer John Oxley passed through the Tamworth area.   Local clubs have been asked to do something in 2018 to mark this anniversary.
We have set ourselves the challenge of sighting 200 species of birds within our region between 1/1/18 and 31/12/18.   So please, if you are a club member, be a part of this and let us know what you have seen.

Vale Aileen Fergusson

It is with sadness that we report that another of our foundation members, Aileen Fergusson, has died.  She had been battling ill health for some time and will be sadly missed by her husband, Ron, who has lived in McKay Nursing Home for some time, and their family
Aileen was born in Uralla, a premi baby who, according to her family, fitted into a shoebox.   Despite this precarious entry into the world, Aileen grew up to be a very competent adult with a keen intellect, assertive nature and great care for our environment.
Aileen attended the very first meeting of Tamworth Birdwatchers on 26  February 1998 and also took part in the first outing on the following Saturday.  She and Ron were regular attendees from then on and as with most of the early members, she had spent many years in the National Parks Association and was, no doubt, very at home in this fledgling organisation.
Some members of our club got to know Aileen and Ron very well some years ago, when they joined a group of birdwatchers from Armidale and went to Newhaven, north west of Alice Springs. They spent a few weeks volunteering up there, mostly doing hazard reduction burning.  Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Ron was included in everything.  Staff at Newhaven still have a video which shows Ron going up a ramp they made, so he could get his wheelchair into the road grader.   
They were very keen travellers in their motorhome and Annabel still remembers her surprise when she and Eddie came across them in a coffee shop in Broome!
Jean particularly recalls Aileen from her first outing with the Tamworth Birdwatchers.  They were heading for Minbalup, at the end of New England Gully Road and Aileen gave her a lift.  She was very impressed with her knowledge and welcoming manner.
Jean goes on to say, “Since then she has impressed me with her tenacity for defending the environment and determination to live as sustainably as possible – a hero in my eyes.  Over the years I have shown people through her wonderful productive garden and house during Sustainable Expos and Sustainable House events, I have planted trees alongside her down along the Peel River and have stood beside her at protests outside politicians’ offices.  I have listened to her describing the trials and tribulations of planting trees in the easement near her home, only to have them vandalised.  Stoically, she planted more.   She was not one to give up.”
She had an incredibly positive attitude throughout her battle with cancer and continued to play the croquet and attend various U3A and environmental activities until very recently.  The surviving trees she planted outside her home will form a living memorial to a special person.
Jean Coady and Annabel Ashworth

Vale Barbara Doherty
(The Lady with the Hat)

The Tamworth Birdwatchers extend our condolences to Barbara’s adult children John, Susan, Timothy, Paul, David and their families following the recent passing of Barbara Marjorie Doherty on 8 August 2017.
Barbara was well known to our members as an active participant in our social meetings and Tuesday bird watching walks. She was always ready for a chat with a smile on her face to brighten up the day. Barb was known for her collection of brightly coloured hats. Many were on display at the recent Celebration of Barbara’s life.
Over her lifetime, Barbara was an active member of numerous community organisations including a major long term commitment as a telephone counsellor at Lifeline. Barbara always had a very active social conscience on a wide range of issues. She was always prepared to stand up and make her views known to anyone who would listen. She enjoyed researching topical issues and reaching a reasoned conclusion. Barbara loved classical music and reading.
She was a member of the National Parks Association of NSW, Tamworth Branch (a leading nature conservation organisation) for around 40 years. During the national campaign to stop the construction of the Franklin Dam she was a very active member of the local South West Tasmania Committee even confronting our local Federal Member of Parliament of the time to intervene on the issue.
When members of the NPA started the Tamworth Birdwatchers almost 20 years ago Barbara was a foundation member. She enjoyed many of the early camping trips. Even waking up to a heavy frost in a tiny and flimsy one person tent could not put a dent in her enthusiasm.
Barb was still joining in the Birdwatcher’s activities, particularly the Tuesday bird walks, up to late last year, including a pre-Christmas 2016 trip to the Tamworth Botanic Gardens.
Barbara’s presence has been missed since illness has reduced her participation in the Tamworth Birdwatcher’s activities. Barbara will be greatly missed by her family and friends from around the region. Rest in Peace.

Jack Peattie Research Grant

In recognition of one of our cofounders, Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc. is offering a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region.   Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year.   Conditions apply.
Click here for  further information or please contact the club, in writing at the above address, or by phoning the President at the above number.

Swift Parrot seen at Black Jack SF Gunnedah on 30/7/16 - photo Denise Kane



are held at 7.30.pm on the 4 Thursday of the month at the Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St. Tamworth from February to November inclusive.

Double-barred Finches
Les Cosier


 Usually the Saturday following the Social Meeting, please confirm your attendance with the delegated Leader. Usually meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, ready to leave at 8.00am or 9.00am depending on destination and time of year. Bring morning tea, lunch, folding chair, notebook and pencil, hat and binoculars

Some of our members birdwatching near  Lake Keepit
Photo: Annabel Ashworth

TUESDAY MORNING BIRDWATCHING.  The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month February to November.   Meet at the car park next to the Paradise Caravan Park in Peel St, at 9am (8am during the hotter months).    The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553. These are great mornings and all members are welcome.



Sitella - Photo Les Cosier

Great Crested Grebe and chick -
Photo Terri Mower

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