Bird Observers' Club

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Birdwatching in Sydney since 1979

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.
Birding with Cumberland Bird Observers

Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink, a chair and comfortable shoes. Take the leader's phone number with you in case you need to contact them. 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.


When attending field outings ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, including wet weather gear in inclement weather and suitable footwear. It is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and to carry water.

Please sign the attendance register at field outings and also at the meetings.

If you leave the outings early please let the leader know before you go.

Participants attend at their own risk and should refrain from any behaviour that might put themselves or others at risk. That includes assessing whether they have a level of fitness required for the advertised outings. If in doubt contact the outing leader beforehand.

If you have any questions about any outing email or contact the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2020 pdf leaflet.

Upcoming outings are:
February 2, 2020
Sunday 8.00am
Pitt Town Lagoon (World Wetlands Day)
Park your car along Bathurst Street and quietly walk down Church Street, Pitt Town to the bird hide. DO NOT PARK IN CHURCH STREET. We'll move on to Bushells Lagoon later in the day. Leader Mark Fuller 0424 440 140.
February 12, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Mt Annan Botanic Gardens
Meet at the main car park on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan. Leader Pat Thorn - 0414 248 941
February 15, 2020
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members Outing - Sydney Olympic Park
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere. Leader Trevor Waller 0467 977 508
March 1, 2020
Sunday 8.30am
Chain of Ponds and Argyle Bailey Memorial Reserve
Meet in the carpark in the Argyle Bailey Memorial Reserve near the Ebenezer Church at 95 Coromandel Rd, Ebenezer. (This outing will no longer go to Swallow Reach because recent rains have made the bridges unusable. Chain of Ponds is a longer medium grade bushwalk than Swallow Reach.) Leader - Gabrielle Rees 0414 947 138.
March 11, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Longneck Lagoon and surrounds, Maraylya
Meet outside the entrance to the Field Studies Centre, 59 Whitmore Road, Maraylya. Leader - Adrian Dick 0451 825 403
March 21, 2020
Saturday 8.30am
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
Meet on the eastern side of the Northern Road, Berkshire Park, opposite the car wrecker's yard. Leader - Ian Bailey - 0412 251 337
March 29, 2020
Sunday 7.00am
Bus Trip - Swansea
For bookings phone Pattie McGee - 0407 272 268. Meet in the parking area behind the Pavilion Theatre, Showground Road, Castle Hill (part of the Castle Hill Showgrounds.) Travel down Showground Road away from Castle Towers, turn left into Doran Road (There is a sign Castle Hill Showground). Take the second turn right into the showgrounds continue all the way around to the parking area. Bus will leave promptly at 7.00am. THE BUS WILL NOT WAIT FOR LATECOMERS. Cost $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Morning tea and lunch at bus. THe bus will return around 5pm. Leader - Pat Thorn 0414 248 941
April 8, 2020
Wednesday 8.30am
Royal National Park
Meet at Wattle Forest picnic area at Audley. Enter the national park at the Audley end. After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Turn right to cross the white wooden bridge, then turn left and continue to the end of this road to Wattle Forest. Car entry fee of $12 may be payable. Leader - Robyn Pedersen 0438 989 422.
April 25, 2020
Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown
Leader - Cathy Goswell 9809 5668
May 2 and 3, 2020
Capertee Tree Planting
See Newsletter for details.
May 3, 2020
Sunday 9.00am
Narrow Neck, Blue Mountains (Joint outing with BMBO - Honeyeater migration)
Meet at the Katoomba Falls Kiosk, Cliff Drive Katoomba, no toilets. Finish early afternoon. Leader - Mark Ley 0416 199 638
May 13, 2020
Wheeny Creek, Wollemi National Park
May 16 and 17, 2020
Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Surveys
See Newsletter for details.
May 23, 2020
Capertee Valley
May 31, 2020
Scheyville National Park
June 10, 2020
Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills
June 20, 2020
Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra
June 28, 2020
Colongra Swamp, Budgewoi (Joint outing with CCGB)
July 8, 2020
Cattai National Park
July 18, 2020
Members' BBQ at Sydney Olympic Park
July 25, 2020
Annual Raptor Count - Hawkesbury area
August 1 and 2, 2020
Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Surveys
See Newsletter for details.
August 2, 2020
Warriewood Wetlands
August 12, 2020
West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
August 22 and 23, 2020
Capertee Tree Planting
See Newsletter for details.
August 22, 2020
Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
August 30, 2020
Richmond Lowlands
September 4 to 6, 2020
Forbes - Members' Weekend Away
See Newsletter for details.
September 9, 2020
Sydney Park, St Peters
September 19, 2020
Western Sydney Parklands
September 27, 2020
Windsor Downs Nature Reserve
October 21, 2020
Blue Gum Swamp, Winmalee (Joint outing with BMBO)
October 24, 2020
Sydney Olympic Park
November 1, 2020
Boat Harbour, Kurnell and Botany Bay
November 11, 2020
Nurragingy Reserve, Western Sydney Parklands
November 21, 2020
Bus Trip
November 29, 2020
Dawn Chorus - Mitchell Park, Cattai
December 9, 2020
Photographic Outing - Centennial Park, Randwick
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