A cacophony of sounds crosses the mind when thinking of Australian birds – the screeching of Cockatoos as they soar through the sky; the tuneful warble of the Magpie; and the iconic cackle of a Kookaburra’s ‘laugh’.
Much needed rain has fallen over the area recently, which has assisted the growth of the local flowers and plants, resulting in the arrival of native birdlife.
It’s National Bird Week, during which the Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes place. A Birdlife Australia run initiative, the count is a great way to view the birds in your own back yard, and an opportunity to explore your local national park.
“All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space, and keen eyesight,” says Birdlife Australia, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, we will be able to help you out.”
For counters having difficulty identifying a particular species, Birdlife Australia have the ‘Aussie Bird Count’ app, which also provides live statistics and information on how many people in the local area are taking part in the count, along with the number of birds and species counted across Australia.
The New England High Country has a myriad of amazing parks to enjoy this coming weekend and is a great spot to get involved in the count.
Local twitcher, bird enthusiast and National Park Threatened Species Officer, Adam Fawcett suggests you may see Scarlet Robins, Tyrant Fly Catchers, Rufous Songlark, White-winged Triller, and possibly even an Azure Kingfisher.
Adam has been a bird lover for many years and believes patience is the key.
“Take your binoculars, a field guide and just don’t give in. Have a go and persist – the birds will come to you”.
It’s the perfect opportunity to get friends and family together to head into the great outdoors, check out the amazing national parks and its beautiful birdlife!