Birdlife Australia is once again running the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19 to 25 October during National Bird Week.
With the local community spending more time in their backyards and local outdoor spaces as a result of COVID restrictions, Maitland City Council has already seen a large amount of interest from the community to participate in this year’s event.
The count is held each year to help conservation group BirdLife Australia understand trends in bird communities from year to year.
Council’s Manager Environment and Sustainability Catherine Pepper says ‘to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need is 20 minutes and access to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app or website.
‘You do not need to be a professional birdwatcher to participate as the app is free and will help you identify local birds based on size, colour and location.
’In 2019, 320 observers participated in the count across the Maitland local government area. The participants recorded a total of 175 different bird species.
The most common species observed were Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Common Myna and Spotted Dove.
Those looking for somewhere different to undertake birdwatching activities can head to one of the many parks around Maitland such as Walka Water Works, which provide some great birdwatching opportunities.
To find out more or to register your interest in participating head to www.aussiebirdcount.org.au