Bird enthusiasts brave gloomy weather for annual sale

Almost 1000 people braved the cold and wet conditions to take part in the Central West Bird Club's annual bird sale on Saturday.

While some sellers and stall owners were unable to make it to the event due to road closures, approximately 99 sellers made their way to Forbes Showgrounds with 1843 birds of almost every type.

Central West Bird Club's Sharon Jones said these numbers were on par with previous years, which was good considering the weather.

Due to the poor weather, the Central West Bird Club opened the gates half an hour early at 9:30am.

Mrs Jones said they had around 650 people interested in the sale pass through the doors before 11:30am.

Along with the bird sale, the Central West Bird Club hosted a poultry sale and 16 market stalls with a variety of items on sale raised money for the Forbes Show.

Mrs Jones said the poultry sale had a fairly quick clearance rate.

Show Secretary Jan Facey said there were a number of birds up for sale ranging in varieties and helped raise $228 for the Forbes Show.

Mrs Facey said the market stalls proved to be quite popular and had something for everyone.

Overall, Mrs Jones said, it was a good day despite the gloomy weather and they had good sale conditions across the bird and poultry sale.

Mrs Jones said the event was at capacity and they may be looking further afield for a bigger venue for future events.

The Central West Bird Club's annual bird sale is set to take place again on the second Saturday in August.