Birdwatching outings are heaps of fun. The Cumberland Bird Observers' Club holds at least 40 outings every year all over the greater Sydney area. Outings usually start at about 8.30am and go into the afternoon (if the birding is good and participants willing, sometimes very late). There is no compulsion to stay until the very end and some people choose to leave at lunch time. Transport to most outings is by car although occasionally there are bus trips.
Field outings are informal, catering for birdwatchers of all capabilities, and helpful, friendly advice on all aspects of birding is always available. Typically, stops for birdwatching are made at a number of locations during the day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch.
Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink and comfortable shoes. Some outings are on rough dirt tracks so you may need walking boots. A small backpack can be handy, especially if lunch is to be eaten some distance from the cars. A field guide for identifying birds is also handy but not essential.
Outings will proceed irrespective of the weather (leaders always turn up, even if no-one else does!), except for venues at risk during high fire danger warnings. If in doubt, phone the leader.
It's not uncommon to see about 50 species of birds on an outing, even in winter when most of the migratory birds are still in the northern hemisphere. On very good days, 75 species can be seen or heard, and on really bonza birding days, over 100 species can be located. There are no guarantees. Anything could turn up! That's part of the fun of birdwatching.
No bookings are required (except for bus trips and the special Cumberland State Forest outings where breakfast is supplied) - so just turn up. Outings are on Saturdays, Sundays and mid-week. Details of outings are published in the bi-monthly CBOC Newsletter and on this website.
If you have any questions about any outing, contact Pat Thorn email firstname.lastname@example.org or the leader of the outing you are interested in.
|Outings for 2013 |
|May 25, 2013|
|Scheyville National Park (IBA surveys)|
Meet at Maraylya Park corner of Boundary and Dunns Rds. Maraylya.We will be completing three IBA surveys so for those of you who want to be involved in this important project, this is your opportunity!
Leader Janine Garlick - 9639 2702 or 0437 471 669
|June 2, 2013|
|Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee (Joint outing with BMBOC)|
Meet at the end of White Cross Road, Winmalee. Leader Chris Todd (BMBO) - 4751 3482 or 0424 521 680. CBOC liaison Colin Scouler - 4739 4294 or 0421 844 146
|June 12, 2013|
|Barren Grounds (car pooling)|
Meet at the Picnic Area in the Nature Reserve off the Jamberoo Mountain Roadbetween Robertson and Jamberoo. It is signposted. Members are reminded to car pool with friends wherever possible Leader Tony Dymond - 9639 7346 or 0401 235 446
|June 22 2013|
|Blue Gum Creek/Couts Crossing, Annangrove/Maraylya|
Meet at the junction of Blue Gum and Annangrove Roads, Annangrove. Leader Gabrielle Rees - 9875 1571 or 0414 947 138
|June 30, 2013|
|Annual Raptor Count Hawkesbury Area|
Meet at the car park at Scheyville National Park headquarters off Scheyville Rd, between Dormitory Hill Rd and Long Tan Place, Scheyville. This outing involves travelling by car to various lookouts where we look for raptors. Some of the locations we visit will be suitable for people with wheelchairs. If you have difficulty identifying raptors then this is the outing for you, as there will be an expert on hand to teach you the fi ner points. Leader Keith Brandwood - 4575 1514 or 0447 457 554
|July 10, 2013|
|Cobbitty and Bents Basin|
Meet at the car park at Wallacia Hotel, Wallacia.
Leader Jim Dixon - 9602 9031 or 0415 169 186
|July 20, 2013|
Meet in the car park at the end of Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell. Leader Keith Brandwood - 4575 1514 or 0447 457 554
|July 28, 2013|
|Agnes Banks Nature Reserve (Half day +IBA surveys)|
Meet at the corner of Rickards and Castlereagh Roads, Agnes Banks. Leader Colin Scouler - 4739 4294 or 0421 844 146
|August 7, 2013|
|Girrakool, Brisbane Water National Park|
Meeting place: Corner of Old Pacific Highway and Quarry Road, Somersby. Travel 47 Kms down F3 from Wahroonga, take Central Coast exit, turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road, first left onto Old Pacific Highway, stop at Quarry Road on left just before Australian Reptile Park. NP entry fee of $7 may apply. Leader Carol Abbott - 9980 1201 or 0414-312-538
|August 11, 2013|
|Beginners and New Members Outing, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden|
Meet in the car park next to the Education Centre. Information will be given re identification of birds,
different field guides used, how to use binoculars etc. Leader Renee Doyle - 9876 1404 or 0407 239 850
|August 24, 2013|
|Wirrimbirra Sanctuary at Bargo and Thirlmere|
Meet in the Sanctuary, turn off Hume Hwy about 50km South of the cross roads at Liverpool, taking the Bargo exit. Turn right, follow the road over the railway line onto the old Hwy and turn right. The Sanctuary entrance gate is on the right hand side about 4km along the Hwy. Leader Jim Dixon - 9602 9031 or 0415 169 186
|September 1, 2013|
|Castlereagh and Windsor Downs Nature Reserves (IBA surveys)|
Meet opposite the car wrecker’s yard which is on the west side of Northern Road,
Berkshire Park. Leader Tony Dymond - 9639 7346 or 0401 235 446
|September 11, 2013|
|East Kurrajong (Private property), Glossodia Park and Bushells Lagoon|
|September 21, 2013|
|BUS TRIP – Cecil Hoskins Reserve and Morton National Park|
|September 22, 2013|
|Nestlings Outing: Bicentennial and Sydney Olympic Parks|
|September 29, 2013|
|Swallow Reach and Chain of Ponds Reserve, Ebenezer|
|October 9, 2013|
|Marramarra and Dharug National Parks|
|October 19, 2013|
|Dawn Chorus at Blue Gum Creek, Annangrove|
|October 27, 2013|
|Longneck Lagoon, Maraylya;|
|November 6, 2013|
|Six Foot Track, Blue Mountains|
|November 17, 2013|
|Nestlings Outing: Buffalo Creek Reserve, Ryde|
|November 23, 2013|
|December 1, 2013|
|December 11 , 2013|
|Katandra Reserve and Woy Woy|
|December 21, 2013|
|Hawkesbury Hot Spots|
|December 29, 2013|
|Sydney Olympic Park;|
|More information: Outings co-ordinator Pat Thorn