Counting birds in your backyard for the Aussie Bird Count

Counting birds is a great activity to do especially if you are in lockdown.

National Bird Week is from Monday, October 18-Sunday, October 24.

By taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count you contribute to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help BirdLife Australia record how Australian birds are faring.

Thousands of people are expected to take part.

Here’s what you can do

To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space (this doesn’t have to be your actual backyard) and some keen eyesight.

Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the Aussie Bird Count app or on the website.

You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood and across Australia.

The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when October 28 was first designated by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first Bird Day.

Check out the results from the 2020 Aussie Backyard Bird Count here. More than 4.6 million bird were counted in seven days last year.

Go to Birdlife Australia for more information.

Send your best bird photos to susannafreymark@gmail and tell us where you took them so we can publish them on

A pelican at Evans Head. Photos: Susanna Freymark

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