Join your community and take the time to count the birds this week as part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Residents in the Hastings have been encouraged to get out and embrace National Bird Week by taking part in the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count from October 23 to 29.

The Aussie Bird Count is a great way for the whole family to connect with the birds no matter where your backyard happens to be.

You can count as many times as you like over the week, the only rule is that each count is completed over a period of 20 minutes.

The data collected assists Bird Life Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

Each backyard is different and the information collected will help form a snapshot of Australian birds so experts can look for trends in our bird communities from year to year.

We have gathered some of our favourite bird shots taken by our lovely Instagram community, so sit back and see some of the wonderful birds in the region.

If you would like to contribute to our bird gallery, tag us in your photos online or email your pictures to laura.telford@fairfaxmedia.com.au today.