A final report into the Aussie Backyard Bird Count/Birds in Backyards program, which Cowra Council, the Natural Resource Management Committee (NRM) and residents took part in during 2016, has been released.
At a general meeting of Cowra Council on Monday night, Councillors noted the results of the program, which involved bird observation and information sessions in local schools.
Cowra Councillor Ray Walsh said it was interesting to see how many and what type of birds were sighted in the region.
“It was an interesting and worthwhile exercise,” Cr Walsh said.
“It was research into the density and distribution of birds and it was an opportunity to raise awareness of bird life.”
Council and the NRM group joined the program in October 2016, with bird observations taking place between October 17 and 23, 2016.
74 observers took part in the activity with a total of 2,366 individual birds observed during the week.
98 different species were recorded.
The top ten birds counted in Cowra were:
- House Sparrow
- Australian Magpie
- Common Starling
- Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
- Superb Fairy-wren
- Common Blackbird
- Crested Pigeon
- Red-rumped Parrot
- Willy Wagtail
There was also a drawing competition and various information sessions held at local schools for students from Year 3 to Year 6.
There was also a number of events, including talks, workshops, conferences and “Science in the Pub” held last year.
Councillor Walsh said that while the findings were fascinating, they do not necessarily give a clear picture into bird populations in the area.
“The Superb Parrot is listed as vulnerable but we have quite a few sightings in the area,” Cr Walsh said.
Councillor Bruce Miller echoed his colleague’s sentiments, saying once birds are listed, it is almost impossible to have them reassessed.
“I think, from my personal perspective, over the last 20 to 30 years those numbers have increased. Some of the data could be misleading.”