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 or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2017 form
Upcoming outings are:
January 21, 2017
Saturday 8.00am
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA Survey)
Meet at Windsor Downs. Turn off Richmond Road into Sanctuary Drive and proceed slowly along this narrow roadway through the estate to the far end of the Drive. Leader Peter Abbott - 0414 997 419
January 29, 2017
Sunday 8.00am
Deep Creek and surrounding areas, Narrabeen
Meet in the car park in Deep Creek Reserve off Pittwater Road, Narrabeen. Leader Coleen Southall 9982 5453 or 0410 549 321
February 2, 2017
Thursday 9.00am
World Wetlands Day, Pitt Town Lagoon
Meet at the bird hide at the bottom of Church Street, Pitt Town. Park in Bathurst Street. Leader Peter and Carol Abbott - 0414 312 538
February 8, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Ourimbah Creek, RTA Reserve, Ourimbah (Joint outing CC)
Meet at the Ourimbah RTA Rest Area on the M1 near the picnic shelter. Leader Michael Scobie (02) 4382 4460
February 25, 2017
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members - Lake Belvedere, Sydney Olympic Park
Information will be given regarding identification of birds, different field guides used, how to use binoculars etc. Meet at Lake Belvedere opposite P10d parking area. Proceed through the main gates on Australia Ave, Homebush along the road past the Conference Centre until the lake is on your left hand side. The parking area is on the right, just after crossing the bridge. Leader Trevor Waller 0467 977 508
March 5, 2017
Sunday 2.30pm
Colo (private property)
Dinner at cars. We hope to see the White-throated Nightjar. Meet on private property at 315 Upper Colo Road off Putty/Singleton Road, Central Colo. Leader Keith Brandwood 4575 1514 or 0447 457 554
March 15, 2017
Royal National Park (Joint IBOC outing)
March 25, 2017
Bent's Basin, Cobbity
April 2, 2017
Mitchell Park and Cattai National Park
April 12, 2017
Box Vale Walking Track, Mittagong, and Charleston Dam (Joint outing with BLSH)
April 22, 2017
Western Sydney Parklands (Joint BMBO outing)
April 30, 2017
Richmond Lowlands
May 10, 2017
Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill and Castle Hill Heritage Park
May 20, 2017
Capertee Valley
May 28, 2017
Swallow Reach, Chain of Ponds
June 7, 2017
Lovers' Jump Creek, Wahroonga and Brown's Waterhole, Turramurra
June 24, 2017
Beginners and New Members - Warriewood Wetlands
July 2, 2017
Castlereagh Nature Reserve (KBA surveys)
July 12, 2017
Sydney Park Wetlands, St Peters
July 22, 2017
Mistral Point, Maroubra
July 30, 2017
Annual Raptor Count - Hawkesbury area
August 9, 2017
Central Coast Wetlands & Tuggerah Wetlands (Joint outing CC)
August 12, 2017
Members' Social Meeting - Sydney Olympic Park
August 19, 2017
The Old Brush, Brunkerville
August 27, 2017
Glenorie (Private Property)
September 6, 2017
Convict Trail and Mill Creek, Wisemans Ferry
September 23-24, 2017
Members' Weekend Away
Details in the newsletter
October 1, 2017
Western Sydney Parklands
October 11, 2017
Scheyville National Park (KBA surveys)
October 21, 2017
Bus Trip - Barren Grounds
October 29, 2017
Dawn Chorus Ebenezer Church, Swallow Reach
November 8, 2017
Blue Gum Swamp and Long Angle Gully (Joint BMBO outing)
November 25, 2017
Photographic outing
December 3, 2017
Botany Bay
December 13, 2017
Sydney Olympic Park Christmas outing
More information: Outings co-ordinator Pat Thorn

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