High numbers recorded in Spring Birdwatching Competition

More than 2700 birds were recorded across 60 surveys from 47 entrants in the Spring Birdwatching Competition.
Officially launched on Threatened Species Day Monday, September 7 2020, the competition spanned across five weeks during which surveys were undertaken within our region.
Competition coordinator May Fleming said 27 species were recorded, 14 of which were threatened species.
"The competition aimed to increase participation in birdwatching and encourage people to use the Birdata app," Ms Fleming said.
"Each participant received a birdwatching kit to assist with birdwatching techniques and identification of the region's birds.
"28 prizes were on offer, representing the 28 significant woodland birds found in the Central West."
Lauren Walters, of Forbes, was the lucky recipient of the HD 10x42 Vortex Binoculars.
The competition aligned with and focussed on the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater, one of Central West NSW rarest birds," Ms Fleming said.
"The Regent Honeyeater  forages and breeds in the Central West, however, this stunning nectar-feeding bird is part of a population of less than 500 across Eastern Australia, and August through to December is the perfect time to head out to try and find this stunning bird in our woodlands.
"The most common bird recorded across all the surveys was the Galah and the Welcome Swallow was present in the largest numbers.
"The range of species observed during surveys was incredibly diverse, a testament to the wide range of habitats found in Central West NSW.
Reporting of the threatened Magpie Geese in the region’s wetland areas and the Painted Honeyeater of the open forests, are great examples of the diversity of bird species this region supports.
This project is supported by Central West Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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