Want to make every bird count?
You can join thousands of other Australians by joining the 2021 Aussie Backyard Bird Count from October 18-24.
Just grab your phone, download the free app, head outdoors and follow the instructions.
All you need to do is count the birds you see for 20 minutes at your favourite outdoor space.
It can be in your backyard, a park or a bush area that you love.
It's best to count the birds from one spot in the area you choose.
You can do it at any time and as many times and in as many places as you like. Birds are everywhere. Look in the trees, on the ground, in the water and up in the sky.
You might see a Superb Fairywren visiting your vegie garden, a threatened Superb Parrot at Gosling Creek or a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring over Mount Canobolas.
Don't just look but listen for the bird song.
You might hear a Magpie warbling or a group of House Sparrows arguing.
At this time of year birds are nesting so look at hollows in old eucalypt trees for Galahs or parrots or you may see some ducklings.
The aim is to get a snapshot of the birds everywhere across Australia all in the same week. This picture of birds in every community is important as birds are a good indicator of what's happening in the environment.Rosemary Stapleton
It doesn't matter if you're a novice.
You can look up those birds you can't identify on the Bird Count app or website.
On the app you'll also be able to see live statistics on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood and all of Australia!
Last year over 4.6 million birds were counted in this BirdLife Australia project.
In NSW, the top birds were the Rainbow Lorikeet and Noisy Miner.
It doesn't matter if the birds are common or rare ... every bird counts.
It's like the census of people we all did in August.
The aim is to get a snapshot of the birds everywhere across Australia all in the same week. This picture of birds in every community is important as birds are a good indicator of what's happening in the environment.
It's also a wonderful thing to do as watching birds can be relaxing and can help us forget our worries for a while. Do it with friends and your children but make sure you abide by the COVID 19 rules. Who knows what you will see and what you will learn about birds?