Aussie Backyard Bird Count- Can you help?

janinerSun, 18/10/2020 - 9:01pm

Crested tern
Crested tern

You can help our scientists by participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. It is on this week, 19-25 October, and only takes 20 minutes. You can do it on your phone or computer at any location you choose. Just search for “Aussie Bird Count” on your computer or download the app.

You don’t have to be an expert to participate. You are asked to only count birds that you can positively identify and leave the rest out. The app helps you to identify species based on their colour, size, shape and distribution. You can participate as many times as you like provided that you stick to the 20 minute time interval and that you are stationary.

I attended a Migratory Shore Bird workshop for Port Stephens earlier this year. There were no shore bird counts for North Arm Cove, so any information that we can collect would be useful.

Some birds that are easy to identify that are around at the moment include magpies, noisy miners, crested pigeons, blue faced honey eaters, eastern koels, frogmouth owls, kookaburras, galahs, little corellas, lorikeets (rainbow, musk and scaly breasted), rosellas (crimson and eastern), white faced herons, seagulls, spur winged lapwings, and many others.


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