4 things I learnt from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count
For the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October I chose to do it in my lunchtimes at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. I recorded four days and each day I learnt something and here’s what they were:
1. The native minor was more prevalent then I first thought. I see them a lot but when you start counting you realise just how many you see in 30 minutes. Which is a bit sad as these little territorial birds bully away other species so unfortunately there wasn’t as great a range of birds that I am sure the reserve could allow.
2. I need to know my bird calls. Just when I thought that I knew enough bird calls, I was wrong. I must be able to recognise around half a dozen, but each day there were around 2 or 3 calls I did not know.
3. Focus! One day I got carried away wondering whether a lump on a tree was a koala or a termite nest. I must have wondered for five minutes and missed a bird or two…
4. I miss emus. Haven’t seen a wild emu since I worked at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra. Beautiful birds.