Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2017


Bird Week  

 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

October 2017



Cowra Council and the Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee once again took part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count run by Birdlife Australia.

From 23 to 29 October 2017, during National Bird Week, thousands of bird-loving Australians would have been found in backyards of all shapes and sizes spotting their local birds and discovering how they are coping in the spaces we share.

Participants were asked to spend 20 minutes in their favourite outdoor space and record all birds seen on the Aussie Bird Count App (or website Throughout the week, participants could instantly see live statistics on how many people are taking part and the number of birds and species counted both locally and nationally.

The project aims to promote awareness and support for Australian birds by engaging the community in the natural world while getting to know the birds that live where we live. It also enables the community to have an active role in researching Australia’s beautiful birds and the data collected from their bird count will provide BirdLife Australia with important information allowing them to form a more detailed picture of how Australian bird species are faring.

Top 10 Birds counted in Cowra in 2016 were:

  1. House Sparrow*
  2. Australian Magpie
  3. Common Starling*
  4. Sulphur crested Cockatoo
  5. Superb Fairy-wren
  6. Galah
  7. Common Blackbird*
  8. Crested Pigeon
  9. Red-rumped Parrot
  10. Willy Wagtail

*Introduced species

To read the full report from Cowra's 2016 Aussie Backyard Bird Count prepared by Birdlife Australia, click here.

With over one million birds counted nationally last year, we are excited to see how many birds we can count this year!

Drawing Competition

A Drawing Competition is open to school kids from years 3 to 6.

Draw your favourite Australian bird in black and white or colour and you may use pencils, pastels, pens or any media of your choice.

Drawings will be displayed at Cowra Shire Council Customer Service Centre and judged by members of the NRM committee.

Drawings must include the student's name, the name of their school and the year they are in (please advise if you do not wish for your childs name to be published).

Prizes will be awarded for each year group;

FIRST - 10 visit Family pass to the Cowra Aquatic Centre

SECOND - $25 Cowra Cash Card

THIRD - $15 Cowra Cash Card

Entries can be posted to:

NRM Committee
C/- Cowra Shire Council
Private Bag 342
Cowra NSW 2794

or hand delivered to:

Cowra Shire Council
116 Kendal Street 

Entries close 4.30pm Friday 3 November 2017.

Winners will be announced in the Cowra Guardian and on Councils website and Facebook page on Friday 17 November 2017.

Below – Winning entries from Cowra’s Bird Week Drawing Competition 2016. 

 Year 3 winner - splendid fairy wren 3

Splendid Fairy Wren by Felicity Smith, Wyangala Public School - Year 3

Year 4 winner - magpie 2 

Magpie by Izac Healey, St Raphaels Catholic School - Year 4

 Year 5 winner - masked owl 2

Masked Owl by Ava McMillan, Canowindra Public School - Year 5

Year 6 winner - regent bower bird 2 

Regent Bower Bird by Louise Woods, Canowindra Public School - Year 6