Cumberland
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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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, contact Greg McLachlan email outings@cboc.org.au or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2019 pdf leaflet.


Upcoming outings are:
June 22, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra
Meet at the north end of Marine Parade, Maroubra. Carry morning tea and lunch and something to sit on.
https://goo.gl/maps/W2RTwK84Pm62
Leader Trevor Waller - 0467 977 508
June 30, 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Brisbane Water / Brisbane Water National Park (Girrakool) (Joint outing with CCGBNSW)
Meet just off the Pacific Highway, in Karool Road, Mooney Mooney Creek, Central Coast. Toilets available at morning tea and lunch but not initially. National Park entry fees ($8) apply to the Brisbane Water National Park (Girrakool).
https://goo.gl/maps/eQNdhWUK1uZEpF4m6
Leader Doug Hocking - 0427 800 428
July 10, 2019
Wednesday 8.30am
Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park and Scheyville
Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park. National Park entry fees apply ($8/vehicle). Mostly flat with a medium length walk around the southern part of Mitchell Park.
https://goo.gl/maps/GA87J5K45js
Leader Andrew Patrick - 0467 971 648
July 20, 2019
Saturday 9.00am
Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights
Meet in car park at Crosslands Reserve, at the very end of Somerville Rd, Hornsby Heights.
https://goo.gl/maps/GF6rYVSnACy
Leader Trevor Waller - 0467 977 508
July 27, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Annual Raptor Count in the Hawkesbury area
Meet in the car park in Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns and Boundary Road, Maraylya. Easy bird watching never far from vehicles. Suitable for disabled members.
https://goo.gl/maps/wDS7tF8PNnk
Leader Trevor Waller - 0467 977 508
August 14, 2019
Wednesday 8.30am
West Head and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Meet at the lookout at the end of West Head Road. Car entry fee of $12 is payable unless you have an All Parks pass.
https://goo.gl/maps/pUJ2e5KbB9Q2
Leader Jeff Byron - 0408 869 228
August 24, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Auburn Botanic Gardens (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Chiswick Rd, Auburn. Meet at car park past roundabout at end of Chiswick Rd. Gardens do have allocated car parking. Admission fee $4 per person.
https://goo.gl/maps/BdX9JKLYb452
Leader Peter Abraham - 9738 7132 or 0424 834 996
August 30 to September 1, 2019
Friday to Sunday
Members Anniversary Weekend away - Bigga
See newsletter for details
September 21, 2019
Saturday
Warriewood Wetlands
 
September 29 , 2019
Sunday
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
 
October 9, 2019
Wednesday
Sydney Olympic Park
 
October 19, 2019
Saturday
Richmond Lowlands and surrounds
 
October 27 , 2019
Sunday
Boat Harbour and Botany Bay, Kurnell
 
November 6, 2019
Wednesday
Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown
 
November 23, 2019
Saturday
Bus Trip - Lake Wallace, Wallerawang and surrounding area
 
December 1, 2019
Sunday
Dawn Chorus, Cattai National Park
 
December 4, 2019
Wednesday
Photography outing at Centennial Park
 
December 14, 2019
Saturday
Royal National Park
 
More information: Outings co-ordinator Greg McLachlan outings@cboc.org.au


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