Free ‘early’ bird tour and Great Aussie Bird Count

If you’re an early bird, Council’s Hawkesbury Bushcare has a special event for you: arrive at 5am at Ebenezer (address details supplied upon booking) on Saturday, 21 October 2017 and you’ll be going on an amazing adventure to hear the operatic dawn chorus of around 60 or more bird species.

Birds likely to be seen will include the sacred kingfisher, rufous and golden whistler, mistletoe bird, crested shrike-tit, scarlet honeyeater, eastern yellow robin and white-throated gerygone, to name just a few.

To help you brush up on your bird identification skills and support National Bird Week, 23-29 October 2017, Hawkesbury Bushcare will host the bird watching tour in Ebenezer with resident Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club member, and keen ornithologist, Keith Brandwood.

Participants will need to bring binoculars, closed footwear, water and a light snack. Places are limited, so please book early. For address details and to book your place, please contact. Council’s Community Bushcare Officer, Martin Gauci on (02) 4560 4525 or email mgauci@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

You can also celebrate National Bird Week by taking part in Australia’s biggest citizen science project, along with thousands of other fellow Australians.

To get involved, all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space (it doesn’t have to be your actual backyard), and some keen eyesight to participate in the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

National Bird Week is a great way to contribute to bird conservation. Not only will you get to know your feathered neighbours, but you’ll be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help to determine how Australian birds are faring.

For more information and to get involved in the count, go to http://birdlife.org.au/get-involved/whats-on/bird-week and to register and download the Aussie Bird Count App here.

Visit here for more information about Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club.

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