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The annual Aussie Bird Count grew wings today, with twitchers turning their eyes to the skies for what is expected to be a record year.

For one week, bird watchers are asked to record the number and type of bird they spot in a 20-minute period until Sunday 23 October.

Feathered friends can be seen in a backyard or an open space.

The count attracted more than 106,000 people nationwide in 2021, with almost five million birds tallied.

Rainbow lorikeets, noisy miners, Australian magpies, sulphur-crested cockatoos and eastern rosellas are expected to top the list again in 2022, after tallying 55,000 in last year’s count.

In Lake Macquarie, more than 170 species were identified in what is reputed as being Australia’s largest citizen science project.

magpie swooping season
Magpie

BirdLife Australia spokesman Sean Dooley said people of all ages could take part, with an accompanying Aussie Bird Count app helping identify more unusual species.

“It can be done from anywhere – a suburban back yard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach or the main street of town,” he said.

Keep your eye out for magpies, kookaburras, currawongs, tawny frogmouths and eastern whipbirds – all among the species that forage, nest and thrive in the Hunter region.

By participating in the Aussie Bird Count, participants will be helping BirdLife Australia identify the common species that live where people live.

By providing a snapshot of Australian birds at the same time each year the group is able to identify trends in bird communities, indicating the health of the environment.

For more information and to register go to aussiebirdcount.org.au 

Did you know?

  • The scientific study of birds is called ornithology.
  • People who study birds as a profession are called ornithologists.
  • A birdwatcher might also be referred to as a twitcher, bird-nerd or birder.
Sulphur-crested cockatoo

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