Recently a group of staff and volunteers from Taronga Western Plains Zoo participated in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count which involved heading into the Zoo grounds to count native birds.
Across a period of one week the team counted 99 different bird species with 3140 birds counted in total. A number of areas were surveyed including the numerous water bodies and creeks and the woodland area within Zoo grounds as well as the sanctuary area at the back of the Zoo.
Whilst there were plenty of common bird species counted such as the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Australian White Ibis, the team also observed a number of vulnerable NSW species such as the Grey-crowned Babbler, Speckled Warbler and the Little Eagle.
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count provides a snapshot of Australian birds at the same time each year and allows Bird Life Australia to look at trends in our bird communities year to year.
October is a great month to count birds as there are a number of birds migrating at this time. There are more plants flowering and often species are breeding so people are likely to see more birds.
The team is now looking forward to the count next year. Anyone can join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2017, simply head to www.aussiebirdcount.org.au for more information.