Female Figbird

Female Figbird

The National Parks Association of NSW & Birds in Backyards 2015 summer Bathing Birds survey is happening this month from the 23rd January to 23rd February 2015.

It is easy to take part. All you need to do is register, unless you have already participated in the 2014 winter Bathing Birds survey or the Koala Count.  For those people, all you need to do is send email to Dr Gráinne Cleary at grainnec@npansw.org.au

The survey aims to find out which birds are using birdbaths & how gardening habitats & behavioural practices influence bird species using birdbaths.  For this survey, a traditional birdbath is fine, as is a pond or any container containing water put out for the birds.

They ask that you watch your bath for 20-minutes a day up to three occasions a week.  You can elect to do your survey in the morning or afternoon, but only do one survey a day.

Full instructions can be downloaded here – http://bit.ly/1xEXSus

The top 20 birds recorded in the 2014 winter Bathing Birds survey were – (an asterisk signifies the top 10 birds in NSW).

  • Rainbow Lorikeet *
  • Noisy Miner *
  • Pied Currawong *
  • Australian Magpie *
  • Crimson Rosella *
  • Eastern Spinebill *
  • Lewin’s Honeyeater *
  • Satin Bowerbird *
  • Red Wattlebird
  • Spotted Dove
  • Magpie-lark
  • House Sparrow
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Superb Fairy-wren *
  • Common Blackbird
  • Grey Fantail
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo *
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Eastern Yellow Robin.

Of interest, Common Mynas (also known as the Indian Myna) did not make it into the top 20 birds, except in Victoria.  , where  Overall they were number 24.

The 2014 winter Bathing Birds survey can be read here – bit.ly/1rq8az7

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater