White-faced Heron finds a snack in the saltwater wetlands at Tempe Reserve

A young White-faced Heron finds a snack in the saltwater wetlands at Tempe Reserve

White-faced Heron near its nest. They lay 3-4 eggs on average & can lay up to seven..

White-faced Heron near its nest. They lay 3-4 eggs on average & can lay up to seven.

The first ‘Aussie Backyard Bird Count’ is happening this month from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

The event is organized by Birdlife Australia & Birds in Backyards & they want as many people as possible to take part.

All you have to do is spend 20-minutes counting birds in your backyard, school, local park, beach, forest, paddock – wherever you are.

They are very happy for individuals to submit multiple checklists of 20-minutes, so you can count birds at your home & other places in your local area if you wish.

You can either enter your count through the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website at – http://aussiebirdcount.org.au

or via a free app available to download here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aussie-bird-count/id917024019?ls=1&mt=8

You do not need to be an expert on birds to take part. A field guide is built into the app to help you identify birds. There is also a list of colloquial names to help you identify birds.

This is an opportunity for all of us, young & old, to get involved in this very important citizen science.  Development, loss of green space, trees & forests, as well as a changing climate has an impact on bird life.  Birds give an immediate picture of an area’s environmental health & this information can be used to help improve habitat & biodiversity.

Grey Butcher bird

Local Grey Butcher bird – the parent of the fledglings below.

Local Grey Butcher bird fledglings

Local Grey Butcher bird fledglings.  They were hard to find.

Five local Noisy Miner fledglings.

Five local Noisy Miner fledglings.

One of the first Magpie chicks to hit the grass at Mackey Park.  Dad is on the left.

One of the first Magpie chicks to hit the grass at Mackey Park. Dad is on the left.

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