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:
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 Gabrielle Rees 0414 947 138
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 9.00am
Mistral Point, Maroubra
Meet at the northern end of Marine Parade, Maroubra. Leader Trevor Waller 0467 977 508
July 23, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing (5 - 12 year olds) - Sydney Olympic Park
Explore wet and dry habitats and watch action at a Sea-Eagle nest via screens at BirdLife Discovery Centre. Please contact the leader for details of the meeting place. Leader Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
July 30, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Annual Raptor Count - Hawkesbury area
Meet at Maraylya Park on the corner of Boundary and Dunns Roads, Maraylya. This is a suitable outing for people with disabilities. We will be moving to various locations where we will stop and look for raptors. Leader Keith Brandwood 0447 457 554
August 9, 2017
Wednesday 10am
Central Coast Wetlands & Tuggerah Wetlands (Joint outing CC)
Meet at the wetlands car park - access off South Tarcoma Road, Tuggerah, 50 metres after coming under the Old Pacific Highway and Rail Bridge, Tuggerah. Leader Alan Morris 0418 269 482
August 12, 2017
Members' Social Meeting - Sydney Olympic Park
Refer to newsletter for details
August 19, 2017
Saturday 9.00am
The Old Brush, Brunkerville
Meet at the roundabout at the corner of Freemans Drive and Palmers Road, Brunkerville. The best exit from the M1 is the second exit to Freemans Drive called the B82. There is a $2 entrance fee per person. Leader Robyn Pedersen 0438 989 422
August 27, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
East Kurrajong (Private Property)
Meet outside the gate of 351 Old East Kurrajong Rd, East Kurrajong. Leader Keith Brandwood 0447 457 554
September 6, 2017
Wednesday 9.00am
Convict Trail and Mill Creek, Wisemans Ferry
Meet at Wiseman's Ferry Hotel, Wiseman's Ferry. Leader Greg McLachlan 0405 578 967
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 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
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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