Birdwatching in Sydney

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Outings - seeing Australia's beautiful birds
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.
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Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink, a chair 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 any special 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 outings@cboc.org.au or the leader of the outing you are interested in.


Click here for the Field Outings 2017 form
Upcoming outings are:
April 2, 2017
Sunday 8.30am Daylight saving finishes
Mitchell Park and Cattai National Park
Meet at Mitchell Park inside the gates at the shelter. Be advised there is a park entry fee unless you have a National Parks pass. You can park outside and car pool or walk in. Will convoy to nearby sites during the day. Leader Gabrielle Rees – 0414 947 138
April 12, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Box Vale Walking Track, Mittagong, Charleston Dam and Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, Bong Bong (Joint outing with BLSH)
Numbers may be limited so contact Peter Madvig by 4 April if you are intending to go. Meeting place is the corner of the Old Hume Hwy and Wombeyan Caves Road. The proposed locations are about 2 hours from Sydney. Leader Peter Madvig – 0437 364 653 or by email: madvig@iprimus.com.au
April 22, 2017
Saturday 8.00am
Western Sydney Parklands (Joint BMBO outing)
Meet at the Plumpton Motel, Richmond Rd, Glendenning. Blacktown City Council has planned a family friendly event for Earth Day at Nurragingy reserve. CBOC and BMBO will do some birdwatching at Nurragingy and will then invite the public at the event to join us for a walk around the lakes and the educational trail. After lunch the CBOC and BMBO group will then head to Prospect Reservoir for the afternoon. Leader Mark Fuller – 9832 2183 or 0424 440 140
April 23, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Centennial Park, Randwick
A variety of habitats with good bird diversity. We might even find a night bird! Public transport available. Leader Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
April 30, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Richmond Lowlands
Meet at Pugh’s Lagoon, Francis Street, Richmond. Leader Greg McLachlan – 0405 578 967
May 10, 2017
Wednesday 8.00am
Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill and Castle Hill Heritage Park
Enter the Reserve from Gilbert Road and follow Caterson Drive to the parking lot at fields 1, 2 and 3. Leader Jeff Byron – 0408 869 228
May 20, 2017
Saturday 9.00am
Capertee Valley
Meet at the corner of Glen Davis and Glen Alice Roads, Capertee Valley. Leader Cathy Goswell 0418 865 421
May 28, 2017
Sunday 9.00am
Swallow Reach, Chain of Ponds
Meet in the car park in Argyle Bailey Memorial Reserve, off Coromandel Road, Ebenezer, next to the Historic Ebenezer Church. Leader Keith Brandwood 0447 457 554
June 7, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Lovers' Jump Creek, Wahroonga and Brown's Waterhole, Turramurra
Meet at the reserve on the corner of Kissing Point Road and Vernon Street, South Turramurra, next to the dog park. Park in Vernon Street. From there we will travel to the birding sites. Leader Wendy Cope 0408 460 200
June 24, 2017
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights
Arrangements: Information will be given regarding identification of birds, different field guides and how to use binoculars. Meeting place: Crosslands Picnic Area at the end of Somerville Drive. Leader Trevor Waller 0467 977 508
July 2, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Castlereagh Nature Reserve (KBA surveys)
Meet opposite the car wreckers which are on the west side of Northern Rd, Berkshire Park. The KBA surveys are very important to the club so come along and find out how you can help. Leader Adrian Dick 0451 825 403
July 12, 2017
Wednesday 10.00am
Sydney Park Wetlands, St Peters
Meet at Sydney Park car park entrance in May Street, St Peters. Note: for those using public transport, St Peter’s Railway Station is located close by. Leader Paul Johnstone 0434 350 409
July 22, 2017
Saturday
Mistral Point, Maroubra
 
July 23, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Sydney Olympic Park
Explore wet and dry habitats and watch action at a Sea-Eagle nest via screens at BirdLife Discovery Centre. Leader Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
July 30, 2017
Sunday
Annual Raptor Count - Hawkesbury area
 
August 9, 2017
Wednesday
Central Coast Wetlands & Tuggerah Wetlands (Joint outing CC)
 
August 12, 2017
Saturday
Members' Social Meeting - Sydney Olympic Park
 
August 19, 2017
Saturday
The Old Brush, Brunkerville
 
August 27, 2017
Sunday
Glenorie (Private Property)
 
September 6, 2017
Wednesday
Convict Trail and Mill Creek, Wisemans Ferry
 
September 23-24, 2017
Weekend
Members' Weekend Away
Details in the newsletter
October 1, 2017
Sunday
Western Sydney Parklands
 
October 11, 2017
Wednesday
Scheyville National Park (KBA surveys)
 
October 21, 2017
Saturday
Bus Trip - Barren Grounds
 
October 22, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Sydney Park, St Peters
Nesting season! We may be lucky enough to see bush bird nests, and discover which birds use the restored wetlands. St Peters station is approx 6 minutes' walk from the kiosk. Leader Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
October 29, 2017
Sunday
Dawn Chorus Ebenezer Church, Swallow Reach
 
November 8, 2017
Wednesday
Blue Gum Swamp and Long Angle Gully (Joint BMBO outing)
 
November 25, 2017
Saturday
Photographic outing
 
December 3, 2017
Sunday
Botany Bay
 
December 13, 2017
Wednesday
Sydney Olympic Park Christmas outing
 
More information: Outings co-ordinator Pat Thorn outings@cboc.org.au


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