THE backyard bird count organised by Birdlife Australia in October each year is over for 2018 with a total of 2.6 million birds counted and 82,780 lists submitted.
Although it says “backyard” you are able to do a 20-minute survey anywhere in your local area. I was able to just sit on my back veranda and watch the bird world go by. I was never lucky enough, though, to log the flock of some hundreds of little corellas that fly over in the early morning or late in the afternoon.
There is a wonderful app that can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet which has a timer and a field guide to make the whole process very simple
I was able to submit sightings from My Backyard, The Wonthaggi Cemetery, Tank Hill, Wonthaggi Wetlands, The Rifle Range and McMahon’s Reserve.
As it was only for 20 minutes it didn’t take much of your day. It’s a great way to spend a bit of time appreciating the wonderful birdlife in this area.