Saturday, 10 October 2015

Have you heard of the Australian Backyard Bird Count?

A couple of months ago I signed up to take part in the 2015 Australian Backyard Bird Count.  
We have a large variety of birds that visit our backyard each day and I was looking forward to the 'count' from the 19th to 25th October but forgot I was travelling on one of those days and would be in Mt.Isa the rest of the time. So I guess I will have to work something out so that I can still do the count.

It is easy to take part if you live in Australia.  You just have to spend 20 minutes each day observing  the birds that frequent your backyard and then record their names and how many visited.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Just download the Australian Bird Count App or use the website.

Tawny Frogmouth and babies

When the 19th October comes around simply start your observations....

No idea. Any clues?

...record the birds you observe...

Rainbow Lorikeet well as how many you can see.

White-faced Heron

If you can't identify any, look up the 'Field Guide....

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

...and when the 20 minutes is up click on 'Submit' and that is it for the day. 

We have so many birds in our backyard I can't identify that I will probably spend most of my 20 minutes looking at the Field Guide. LOL! However, seeing as I will be in Mt.Isa for most of that time it shouldn't be too difficult as I am sure there aren't as many birds up there. As the temperature will probably be in the mid 30s I would think only the most heat loving birds would survive in that area but I might be wrong....and I am.  I just did a search for such birds and amazingly there are 216 species of birds in Mount Isa and the surrounding districts. I am sure my granddaughters will have fun after school counting birds with Nanna. 

If you would like to register just scroll down the page on the Australian Backyard Bird Count and join in the fun. If any overseas readers would like to see some Aussie birds just play the 'App How-To Guide' on that page. 

For those who may be wondering...we all smell sweet again in this household as the water pipe has been fixed and the water is running once again. Nothing like an emergency to make one aware of any problems that need to be addressed so that we are 100% prepared in future. 

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Baa haaa! the sun glasses on that bush is hilarious - All it needs now is a guitar, board shorts and a canary yellow tee shirt.

    1. It is funny, isn't it Phil? I took that photo during the Carnival of Flowers last year. They had a lot of quirky things at that particular place.

  2. that one with no name looks like a butcher bird
    we are getting a lot of the minor birds here now & there doesn't seem to be as many of the natives around, the 'drunken parrot' tree, don't know the proper name, sorry, is in full bloom & the rainbow lorikeets are thoroughly enjoying themselves on it.
    am sure the grandgirls will have a ball watching for birds with nanna :))
    great post
    thanx for sharing

    1. 'Drunken parrot tree' ...I have never heard of that, Selina. The lorikeets can just decimate the fruit on a tree in no time, can't they?

  3. Could that unidentified bird be a baby magpie? The beak looks like a maggie and they are sort of motley grey until they get their adult feathers (I believe). We have magpies, crows, kookaburras (love), ibis, grass parrots, corellas, grey/pink galas, wattle birds, black birds, sparrows, willy-wag tails...on our 2.5 acre block. I like them all except the corellas who devastate the trees and make a huge din!

    1. I see the Ibis birds flying over but have never seen them land here, Joolz. We certainly have some beautiful birds here in Australia.

  4. Dear Nanna Chel,
    I think your bird is a Grey Butcher bird. I would love to do this! You know me and birds... so I will sign up thank you!
    I hope you are having a good weekend. With love,

    1. Annabel, I thought you might like to sign up as you love birds. Have fun!


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