Village manager Judy Cooper said spring must be on its way judging by the number of birds in the trees outside her office.
“There’s Eastern Spinebills, Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Peaceful Doves, Grey Shrike-thrush, Red-browed Firetail Finch and Striated Pardalotes.
“There are also our regulars like Rainbow Lorikeets, Pale-headed Rosellas, Butcherbirds, Noisy Miners and Friarbirds, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos,” she said.
“Nature is really turning it on – the platypus in the creek have been busy, too, with frequent sightings delighting our visitors.”
Ms Cooper said it was easy to go bird watching with the handy ‘Birds of the Herberton Area’ brochure, which was produced with the support of the Village and lists all 110 or so species you may see.
The list was compiled over a five-year period by Rhonda Winger, a member of peak ornithological body Birds Australia. Ms Winger also contributed to the Birds Australia Atlas.
The brochure suggests good bird-watching locations around the Herberton area, includes both common and Latin names of each species and features a “twitcher’s tick” box next to each name.
There are 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef and 327 of these can be seen on the Atherton Tablelands.
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