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While we may want to hibernate a bit more over winter, our local bird life certainly doesn’t. Through June and July there were a wonderful 294 different species recorded in 1340 Birds in Backyards surveys from across the country.

The lush, diverse growth of this meadow garden and its flowers are sure to put a smile on your face! Plus, it's time to get mulching! 

If your garden is feeling a little bare and in need of some filling out, a Meadow Garden is just for you. Meadow plants take off in Spring, creating an instant impact garden and increasing biodiversity - and lucky for us (and our local critters), there are many native options! Planting a diverse range of species will strengthen the biodiversity of your garden and soil and create fantastic habitat for small birds and pollinators, as well as creating that gorgeous rainbow of a meadow.

Baby bird season is upon us! As we know, birds prefer us to keep a distance as they nest and raise their young, so it’s best for us and them if we do! But what if you see a baby bird that is not in its nest? Because they look and behave differently to adult birds, these young birds can sometimes seem like they need a helping hand. They can be quite clumsy, and can seem vulnerable, especially if they are on the ground, and this can cause people to be concerned. But it is important to know when we should intervene and when the adult birds actually have everything under control. Here, we talk about the difference between a nestling and a fledgling and list the dos and don’ts for each, so you’ll know just what to do if you see one. 

As the sun begins to warm up and nature readies for spring, it is an exciting time to tune in to the natural world around us. The wattles, with their cheery yellow blossoms, and the birds that you might have been lucky enough to spy seeking out nest sites or collecting nesting material are both signs of the warmer weather to come.  

Happily, as nature gets busy, our Birds in Backyards Spring Survey is here! Time to spruce up your feathers and let us know about your local birds! New to surveys or need a refresher? Register for our free webinar where we will take you through doing a survey step by step! The next webinar will be held on Wednesday 8th September at 7pm. Register at Eventbrite.

University of Sydney student Josie Jenkins has an update for us on her research into Superb Fairy-wrens in Sydney:

 

The Superb Fairy-wren is an iconic Australian native. We all recognise this beautiful bird for its striking blue features and as a familiar face for bird conservation.

Archer Leddy will tell you his first memory of birding was when he was barely a 1-year-old.

"When I was a baby, [I was] looking through my binoculars out by the front gate, looking for birds," Archer says.

With the days getting shorter and oh, so much colder, it’s a great time to get prepared for spring.

Winter in the southern states of Australia can be bitterly cold, grey and puts most of us into a semi hibernation. However, we also experience beautiful, clear, crisp and sunny days, which are perfect to get our bodies moving and venture outside.

A big thank you to the 398 of you who completed just under 1400 Birds in Backyards surveys this Autumn. We had 58278 birds recorded (297 species) across all the major urban centres of Australia (see the map below).

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