THE AUSSIE Backyard Bird Count is well underway, and the Nambucca Valley is home to a great variety of stunning peckers.
Nationally, bird watchers had already counted one million birds as of yesterday – 200,000 more than at the same time in 2016 – with more than 30,000 checklists submitted across the country.
While the numbers are bigger, the most counted birds remain steady - nationally, the rainbow lorikeet looks set to retain its top position for the fourth year in a row. Second and third place are still too close to call with the Australian magpie threatening to take second position from the noisy miner.
In NSW the rainbow lorikeet is currently holding in top place, followed by the noisy miner and the sulphur-crested cockatoo.
The magnificent photos of birds in the Nambucca Valley were taken by regular visitor Raymond Keith.
BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley believes the growing support for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count shows how passionate people are about their local birds. And this growing data set is helping BirdLife Australia to develop a clearer picture of what’s happening to Australian birds across the country.
“We all have a bird story, some connection to the birds we share our neighbourhood with, and by sharing our observations of our local birds, we can all provide data for BirdLife Australia’s researchers to ascertain the health of Australia’s bird life right across country,” Mr Dooley said.
“We’re asking everyone in NSW to download the app and take 20 minutes this weekend to join the count to help us smash our target of counting 1.5 million birds by Sunday.”
With less than four days left to count 1.5 million birds for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, people in NSW are encouraged to continue counting in their backyards, parks and botanic gardens.
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is for everyone, anywhere in Australia, at anytime, and participants can submit as many surveys as they like.
Register and download the app at www.aussiebirdcount.org.au.
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