Count­ing down to bird week

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

BIRDLIFE Aus­tralia is urg­ing peo­ple to take part in the sec­ond Aussie Back­yard Bird Count by count­ing birds in their back yards this Oc­to­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants recorded more than 800,000 birds in the first event last year, with the rain­bow lori­keet lead­ing the tally in WA, NSW, SA and Queens­land.

BirdLife Aus­tralia, based in Floreat, hopes peo­ple around the coun­try will col­lec­tively spot a mil­lion birds in seven days when the count co­in­cides with Na­tional Bird Week from Oc­to­ber 19 to 25.

Mike Bam­ford said he and wife Mandy took part in last year’s count be­cause it was fun and helped with on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing of birds in ur­ban land­scapes.

“Mandy and I are zo­ol­o­gists and we keep bird records in our gar­den any­way, but con­tribut­ing to a na­tion­wide sur­vey event is a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“We have the two com­mon (and in­tro­duced) doves, but we also get a range of hon­eyeater species and the wil­lie wag­tail.

“We have stri­ated pardalotes nest­ing in our car­port and galahs in a nest box in our back gar­den.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally we get birds that are less com­mon in the sub­urbs – had a shin­ing bronze cuckoo in the gar­den a few days ago.

“Perth has an in­cred­i­bly rich avi­fauna and that is part of the fun of liv­ing here.”

A BirdLife Aus­tralia state­ment said data showed back yards in Aus­tralia had been shrink­ing since the 1990s, and pop­u­la­tions of fa­mil­iar birds such as mag­pies and laugh­ing kook­abur­ras had also de­clined.

It said the count was crit­i­cal amid na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­cern for the wel­fare of those iconic birds.

To reg­is­ter, visit www.aussie bird­count.org.au or join the #AussieBird­Count con­ver­sa­tion.

For more about Aus­tralian birds, visit www.birdlife.org.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Sil­cocks

Rain­bow lori­keets.

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