It’s season for birdwatching

Birds are reappearing from their winter hideaways, so it’s the perfect time for them to be counted in BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

The October 21 to 27 event is Australia’s largest citizen science project.

BirdLife Australia is held during National Bird Week and it is predicted to be a record-breaking count this year thanks to the warmer than normal spring weather.

“Spring is always an exciting time for bird watchers in Australia, not only because it brings an abundance of bird life but it also signals the return of the popular Aussie Backyard Bird Count,” Chief Bird Nerd Sean Dooley said.

“Australians will begin to see, and hear, a range of birds returning to their backyards over the coming months, making it the perfect time of year to count,” he added.

Spring also means the birth of many new birds, and data from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count will help BirdLife Australia keep an eye on bird populations across the country.

Birdlife Australia is also encouraging you to download the Aussie Bird Count app, which allows you to take part anywhere – not just in backyards, but in local parks, botanical gardens, schoolyards or beaches-wherever you might see birds.

The app allows you to see which species are being counted in Wodonga, and totals are updated in real time.

You can start spreading the word by using the hashtag #AussieBirdCount or register now at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website here.

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