Did you know that this week you have the opportunity to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count? It is running from the 22nd to the 28th of October and has been organized by BirdLife Australia, a not for profit bird conservation organization. To take part in it you just need to download the app or check out their website, aussiebirdcount.org.au and read the FAQs on the how?, why? and where?, to get full details. You can download the app, put in a location where you are and begin the count straight away.
Basically they want people to put aside 20 minutes of the day to sit and observe what birdlife visits your backyard. You can take part even if you’re holidaying because you can count in a local park, beach, desert or wherever you happen to be. I wouldn’t call myself a bird watcher by any means but what a great excuse to sit peacefully for 20 minutes on a beautiful sunny day and just notice your surroundings. Sounds like a great exercise in being mindful of your environment to me.
It got me thinking how many times we do notice birdlife when we are on holidays with some areas having an abundance of particular birds. I love visiting places along the Murray River to get my fix of watching pelicans.
These birds are so graceful for something so huge. Watching them soaring high in the sky, passing by in formation or gliding barely inches above the water is so soothing.
Other than pelicans you can always see shags, ducks and little birds of prey too and if you don’t see them you will hear galahs and cockatoos screeching on sunset as they come in to roost in the trees.
Depending on where you live or are travelling you could have some very interesting birds visit your backyard. Believe it or not, emus do wander freely in some places in Australia and make themselves very much at home in the towns.
Good luck counting if you happen to be where a flock of zebra finches darts by.
You may just happen to notice something unexpected too, like an owl during the middle of the day.
And if you’re not sure what you are looking at there is a field guide on the app too.
We have so many beautiful, unusual, raucous, tuneful and unique birds in Australia why not see for yourself.
So wherever you are in Australia why not give yourself 20 minutes to just sit and relax, enjoy the time to yourself and help out a worthwhile cause while you’re at it.
This one doesn’t count but if it did it must surely count for 1,000 don’t you think?