Aussie Backyard Bird Count returns in 2019
BirdLife Australia is once again running the Aussie Backyard Bird Count during National Bird Week this year, from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 October.
In association with BirdLife Australia, Maitland City Council is encouraging residents to spend time in their backyards or local outdoor spaces to count the birds they see.
Council’s Acting Manager Environment Elfi Blackburn says, ‘To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes and access to the Aussie Bird Count App or the website.
‘You do not need to be a professional birdwatcher to participate as the app will help you identify local birds based on size, colour and location.’
Last year 246 observers participated in the bird count across Maitland and a total of 169 different species were recorded. The most common bird species observed were Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Spotted Dove and Australian Magpie.
If you are looking for somewhere different to undertake birdwatching activities this year a couple of great spots include Earthcare Park at Tenambit and Walka Water Works at Oakhampton,’ added Ms Blackburn.
To find out more or to register your interest in participating, head to aussiebirdcount.org.au.
Picture: Georgina Steytler.