All day event starting from 8am and finshing at 4pm (sighting wise). This year Ive been told that the meet up point at the end of the race is to be the New Crown pub at the north end of the Leas. Here the totals will be collected and the winning team declared. Generally you have to be at the meeting point before 4.30pm.
Normally a team has to consist of at least 3 persons.
Two persons from each team has to be able to id a bird by sight or sound to be able to count it on thier team list.
The boundary of South Tyneside is the counting area, .......Seawatching and flyovers plus sighting on the Tyne etc. count also. If a bird is landed for example on the roofs of the Fish quay, its up for debate at the end of the race wether or not its countable.(which I doubt).
Some teams pick themselves i.e. Hoggies etc. But everyone is asked if they are happy with thier team sellections when they have been made. In the past persons who cannot drive or don't know the area that well are put in teams that can and do. Also less experienced folk are placed with more knowledgeable birders.
If any really good birds are found then the news is passed onto the other teams.
Its a good laugh (especially the count up) and a canny day around the doors.
87 species was the winning total for a good few years. Last year I think 73? which seen all teams struggling to reach 70.
I'll pass the names on folks so the teams can be sorted.